While searching for descendants of Zacarias Katz, born in Ostrowiec Swietikrzyski, Poland, Paul Baranik in South Florida found a different sort of relative.
Although searching successfully for the right Katz among so many with this common surname is difficult, miracles may still happen.
About a year ago, Baranik sent a letter to every Zachary or Zac Katz he could find in the U.S. online white pages.
"I doubt that my Zac Katz is a member of your family tree, as my Katz is a feline cat," replied one woman, who had listed her number under her cat's nom de plume.
Baranik asked for and obtained permission to include the story and Zac's photo in his family's history book.
But he's still looking for descendants of Zacharias Katz, born in Ostrowiec Swietikrzyski who, in 1935 in Opatow, Poland, married Sura Chana Sznajder of Opatow. Zacharias' mother was Chana Cyrla Rozensztajn Katz.
He'd prefer that these relatives be two-footed and less furry. Contact Paul at PaulNMNB@aol.com.