Please help! How can I find ot about a person with very limited information?
At 52, my father wants to know about his own father but the information is unreliable at best. My grand mother never wanted to give any information apart from a name. She does not care about no ones feelings apart from her own pride. My dad is suffering. I am trying to help him but, I dont know how!! I am working on our family tree. Online resouses are not helping, too many mismatched information. Anything please ,would be a God send.
I assume you're already using ancestry.com. If not, I'd be glad to search it and see what I can find. I have some experience in finding information about people. If you'd like me to look, please send me all the info you have on your grandparents and father--birth dates and locations, death dates and locations if applicable, where they've lived, full names, siblings, etc. You can reach me privately at email@example.com. (I'll search for you without charge, since it sounds like I may not be able to find anything.)
If you have anything more than a name, you may have to actually send for information. For example, if you know when and where the person was married, or born or died, you can write to the county court house and request information such as a marriage license, birth certificate, death certificate. It would be helpful if you had a Social Security number. I suggest to start with a marriage certificate or license since you know the wife's name and other information about her. Use her as your starting information to find the marriage license.
ananceleste, since your dad is only 52, there's a good chance his father is still alive. The man would be in his 70s (at least), which means if he had older siblings, some would already have died and he'd be listed in their obituaries (if not his own). I wish you'd included the man's name, where your gm was living when your dad was conceived, and where he was born. Your gm may not want your dad (or you) to know anything else about his father, but the first rule of genealogy is "Start with what you know". You may not think you know anything more than his name, but you actually have more clues than you think. I had to track down living descendants of one of my branches to update a family history, and at the risk of being immodest, managed to locate dozens with little or no information other than a name. Feel free to email me at JamaGenie@gmail.com. I'd love to give this one a go!
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