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… this is why …

So very often, people who haven’t been bitten by the family history bug will shake their heads in disbelief over the enthusiasm of the researcher.

“Why?” they ask — even demand. “Why do you do this?”

Here, on Holocaust Remembrance Day,1 read this article.2

Dutch children


This is why.

Connecting families with their history is why.

Even when that history is painful and horrific.

This connection is exactly why.

Kudos to MyHeritage for its work on this case.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Why genealogy…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 27 Jan 2022).


  1. See “International Holocaust Remembrance Day,” U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ( : accessed 27 Jan 2022).
  2. Lianne Kolirin, “Families discover fate of long lost Dutch Jewish children who perished at Nazis’ Sobibor,” CNN, posted 27 Jan 2022 ( : accessed 27 Jan 2022).
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