Trace Your Family Roots With Online Tools

Online tools can help you grow your family tree.

By Jeff Bertolucci

On a lazy Sunday afternoon in 1995, Carol Skydell was reading the newspaper when she spotted an announcement for a meeting of a local Jewish genealogical society in Laguna Beach, Calif. Armed with some "very rudimentary information" about her family, she showed the president of the organization an undated page torn from a Buenos Aires phone book that listed "Skidelsky," her late husband's family name. The president suggested that the two of them post a query on, a Web site for researchers of Jewish genealogy.

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