Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Re: help with letter to unknown relatives
- I'm always looking for fresh info from family members so what I do is find them either in the phone book or on an online phone book, I just like to call ,first tell them your name, let them know what your doing and ask if they recongize any of these names when they say yes ask what other information they can add, most are reciptive but some aren't and those that aren't I ask if they could tell me who might be able to help me with my family history. Personaly I've found several cousins (times removed) this way I used to send tons of letters with no reply so I found calling was the best, I have one cousin who thought I was a salesperson, after leaving several voice messages on her machine she finally relaized all I wanted was information on the family. How ever you do it just say something like Hello I'm ? the daughter of ? and I'm trying to find out about my ?(surname) family history and I was hoping you could help. My ? said you were the person to
contact. and go on from there.
anyway good luck
--- On Tue, 6/23/09, Sharon <smgorohoff@...> wrote:
From: Sharon <smgorohoff@...>
Subject: [Genealogy Research Club] Re: help with letter to unknown relatives
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:32 PM
--- In genealogyresearchcl ub@yahoogroups. com, "dhartomine" <dhartomine@ ...> wrote:
> Can anyone help me with ideas on how to send a letter
> to relatives I have never met to help with family info?
> The only person I "know" on my Dad's side is my dad. He
> has helped with names of certain people in the family but
> is unsure of other info for them. He has given me names
> of a few cousins that I have but I am unsure how to approach
> them with these questions. (He has no contact with them) I can't
> seem to find anything on my dad's side.
> Also, when I look up info for a female should I look up their
> married or maiden name?
As with all research, first try to find females under their maiden names, then follow with their married name and that family downline.
As for approaching "family" to help with additional info... what I did was write a letter telling them who you are and give them a bit (not all) of info you may have regarding a common ancestor and a general downline connection to them. Also be sure to let them know that you are not looking for anything other than a bit of family history. If at all possible, be prepared to pay for any copies of memorabilia that you may want to request.It is best to send a "family group sheet" to politely ask them if they would fill it out and send back. (also send a self-addressed stamped envelope with the request). Even with these polite requests and stamped envelopes, be prepared to be ignored! I have done this in the past with somewhat limited, but wonderful success. Also if you are able, you might try "cold calling" by telephone, and speaking directly to these relatives. This can be done and followed up with letter giving them some information regarding your common
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