How to Find Family Members You Didn’t Know About
Every family has its secrets. In most case, they’re relatively small. But then there are times when that secret is big…as big as the existence of a family member you didn’t know about before. It can be hard to digest the fact that your family has been hiding something so big from you. But after that, then there’s the challenge of what to do with that new information.
Do nothing? Or try to locate that distant relative? In the case of the latter, tracking down your unknown family member can be tricky. But the rewards of a connection could be so worth it. If you want to find a family member who you know nothing about, try these tips.
Ask the Rest of Your Family
When your family has a hidden member, a few people likely know about it. These people may believe it’s for the good of the family, or may be continuing to hide the secret because of a grudge against the person in question. Regardless, chances are strong that at least some of them feel guilty about keeping the secret. It’s through those family members that you may be able to get information.
When someone starts asking, it becomes harder to continue to keep a secret. After all, that means the family member would have to lie directly to your face, and that’s far from simple. It can be especially helpful to ask compassionate members of your family, or people with whom you have a specifically close relationship. They’ll be much more likely to give you some valuable information. And even if it’s not much, it’s more than you’d have otherwise.
Hunt Through Family Records
Even if your family has tried to scrub photo albums and other records clean, there’s always a chance they missed something. Records from your childhood or your parents’ childhoods may show a bit of information about the person you’re trying to find. After all, family records are meant to keep important memories intact, and someone with a soft spot may have held onto a few references to the family member you’re trying to find.
The smallest bits of information can be invaluable when you’re researching a family member you didn’t previously know about. If you find an old photograph that includes the hidden family member, keep it with you. You never know what kind of information it’ll provide later on down the road. A good idea is to create a journal and start writing down whatever you find, no matter how insignificant it seems.
Use Public Records
Information that you can glean from census data, marriage records, and other public information is incredibly helpful when it comes to locating people, especially family members. If you can look up a family member that you already know about, you can then find other relatives of that person. One of those relatives may very well be the person you’re looking for! An easy way to look through those records is to use a people search site like PeopleFinders.
With PeopleFinders, you don’t have to do all that hard work on your own. As long as you have a first name, last name, city, and state, you can have PeopleFinders perform a public records search for you. You can perform a search on an immediate family member, which will yield a list of known associates and/or relatives. If you see any names you don’t recognize, then you can look those up to get contact information for that potential missing relative.
Family is one of the most important parts of life, and many people feel very close to the family they’ve known all their life. However, when you find out that your family is actually larger than you thought it was, it might be compelling to hunt down that lost family member to forge a new relationship.
Getting in contact with newfound family is important, but figuring out how to do so can be difficult. If you use PeopleFinders, however, it could only take a few clicks to find out everything you need to know to get in touch with someone with whom you’re related but don’t know anything about. You don’t even technically need your family members for information. Instead of trying to gather all the information that you need on your own, use PeopleFinders to try and make the search easier.
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