It seems that I have found a long-lost relative. More accurately, it seems that he has found me through my www.pedde.net website and this blog. The map above shows where he is from, an area in Russia called Volograd, near the Ukrainian border.
My father grew up in Siberia, and I knew that there were still Peddes in eastern Europe and in the former U.S.S.R., but except for some cousins in Poland, I had no idea where anyone was. Now I will find out.
I am excited about this. I am always curious about things from the past, and to be able to communicate with someone from a branch of our family that I thought we had lost forever, is thrilling. If I am correct in my analysis of the information Sergey has sent to me, we are related through my grandfather's brother August.
Sergey has already sent me a photograph of himself and I reciprocated. Over the next while I hope to learn more about him, his parents and ancestors, the area where he lives and so on. He works as an editor-in-chief for (I believe) some sort of electronic media company.
Another voyage of discovery for me to embark upon! Isn't the internet great?