It is urgent that I find all my relatives from my father's side of the family.I am diagnosed with a hereditary condition, Porphyria, which we have finally determined came from my father Harry Gilbert (deceased 1999), his father Benjamin Goldberg (deceased about 1954 in Erie, PA) and so forth moving backwards. Porphyria is a serious genetic defect and getting diagnosed is next to impossible. There is no cure, but it can be somewhat managed.I have had it from birth (sickly for most of my life) and was finally dx in 1999 at age 51.I want to find other family members who might have this defect, and are suffering, but with no proper diagnoses.
Benjamin emigrated to Erie, PA in the late 1890's.His parents were Rachel & Nafteli/Nathan Goldberg.I think the family came from Russia or Lithuania or Ukraine.My aunt's birth certificate lists Germany, but I think that was just the country they passed through on the way to America.
I have no contact information for Benjamin's siblings and their children: David Goldberg married to Hattie who had 2 children - Melvin (screen writer), and Sophie + Jack Tuckman; Rebecca; Sarah + Lou Guss.
I know much more about my grandmother's family, but I did not inherit this condition from her.
Hope that someone can help fill in the gaps so that I can notify more relatives about this rare condition (if one parent has porphyria, each child has a 50% chance of inheriting.It is not sex determinant.)I inherited it, my brother did not.