It began in summer 2011 when MyHeritage user Patricia Skubis (Madison, Wisconsin) stumbled upon a family discovery. Some two years later, she was in Denmark on the way to meet her Danish family.
For more than 30 years, Patricia searched for her Danish roots. She had tried various ways to connect the family history, but never managed to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Patricia’s relatives had immigrated to the US in 1888 , and another branch had been in Australia since 1873. Twenty-seven years ago, Patricia, now 75, had connected with Alison Rogers from the Australian branch. However, Alison was also unable to find the Danish missing links.
One day, Patricia received a new Smart Match on her MyHeritage website. Her grandfather, Martin Thygesen, had appeared in another member’s tree, but not all the information matched completely. Her curiosity peaked, and she wrote directly to MyHeritage member Tage Therkildsen Thygesen for more information.After communicating online, they discovered that Martin Thygesen (1805-1878) was the brother of Tage’s grandfather, Niels Madsen Thygesen (1794-1862).
After 30 years of searching, Patricia had found the missing link to her Danish roots. She not only found the link, but had made contact with several relatives still living in Denmark.
Two years ago, Patricia sent in her story for a MyHeritage family reunion contest and won the first prize of a family reunion. That summer, Tage’s sister Birgit Thygesen Moses traveled to Wisconsin, and the two met for the first time in real life. The two women discovered many interests in common as their relationship blossomed.
Recently, Patricia visited Denmark with her daughter, Kristi, and niece, Kathy. They visited their Danish family and explored various places where their ancestors had lived. Birgit also arranged a family reunion in Vejle for relatives throughout Denmark.
We are happy that MyHeritage was able to play a role in bringing together the missing links to Patricia’s family history that led to finding her family and learning more about her Danish heritage.
Smart Matches are a great tool that has led to many solid relationships among relatives around the world discovering each other online.
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