Doppelgangers, DNA, and Doubt

As part of your summer reading, we would like to offer a link to a intriguing story. Jeremy originally prepared it for publication in ZichronNote, the newsletter of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. It came to the attention of Nancy Siegal, editor of JewishGen’s “Success Stories,” and was subsequently published this past May on JewishGen as part of several other tales highlighting different aspects of genealogical research.

“Just over eighteen months ago I was contacted by someone in Australia. ‘Mitchell’ wrote to say he thought we might be cousins based upon his research. Although a DNA test confirmed missing parentage, it didn’t prove what he expected. This left me with a problem — and a challenge …”