posted on Feb, 24 2012 @ 12:54 PM
I actually did this a couple of years ago. I tried on my fathers side of the family because my mothers side is Amish. Their only records are verbal,
and if there is a menber of that side of the family who came to live in this modern society, they wouldn't acknowlege them.
It turns out I have a brother in New Jersey, on my fathers side only, I never met but him wasn't able to get any concrete information to track him
down. I found an uncle who lived about 50 miles from where I grew up, got his phone number from a site ( Net Detective for the poster who asked. I
paid a flat $50.00 for an unlimited lifetime subscription) and called him up. He has a very unusual name so I knew it was him because the only other
person in the U.S. with the same name lived in Georgia and had an incative S.S. #. Deceased.
Anyway, when I asked if _____ _____ was his brother, my father, he clammed up. He said he "didn't remember" and that he "didn't want to talk about
him" and then that "I got the wrong number." Aside from the fact that my father was an extremely intelligent man judging from the work he did for the
Government/Military, ( I was able to find a few things on that online) he didn't seem to have any other redeeming qualities. Hell, his own BROTHER
wouldn't even acknowlege him some 30 years after he died.
The bottom line? Sometimes no news is good news. Meaning that sometimes it's better to go on what little you do have if it's positive rather than have
a lot of bad things to go by. That's how it worked out for me at least. By all means though try to get as much of your family history as you can. You
might learn something about yourself that you didn't know that you can apply to the present.
But as DS said, things will fall into place when they're meant to.
Words of wisdom. Maybe that's why I care. She may be more insightful than peole give her credit for.
edit on 24-2-2012 by Taupin Desciple because: (no reason given)