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Contacting living but v. distant relatives

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IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Sun 17-Mar-13 12:54:18

hi, I have one branch of my tree back to Germany through my 3xgreat grandfather. The name is very rare and therefore anyone of that name will be a connection albeit from over 150 years ago. Is there any point in contacting a German stranger found ont internet. I have a compulsion to do so but not sure what it would achieve. I suppose if someone contacted me I would be interested and share info on ancestors but..........would it be weird?

LunaticFringe Sun 17-Mar-13 12:58:57

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Sun 17-Mar-13 19:51:05

Nope. So will leave it I guess.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 21-Mar-13 03:25:33

Then again, what have you got to loose?
Here is some advise.
I think a written letter would be better than an e-mail if you have the mailing address. Include a stamped, self addressed envelope. Good luck should you decide to go ahead after all.

MusicalEndorphins Thu 21-Mar-13 03:25:54


IAmSheWhoMustBeObeyed Thu 21-Mar-13 07:51:21

Great advice there. Thanks.

RockinD Sun 24-Mar-13 11:34:10

SAE won't work if they are in Germany. Can you still buy International Reply Coupons from the Post Office?

Someone contacted me out of the blue about 4 years ago - ended up coming over from Oz and staying with us for a week.

If you don't try, you won't know, and you could get very lucky. No reason why you shouldn't give it a go.

specialsubject Mon 10-Jun-13 19:59:43

I've done this several times. It has resulted in meeting some lovely people. Twice it has resulted in no further contact. I sent both of those one more email, and then left it.

Their desire to be left in peace outweighs my thirst for knowledge.

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