Finding lost relatives

@gruber (14)
United States
August 28, 2007 2:29pm CST
My mom is from Wolfsburg, Germany. She lived there until she was about 20 years old and moved to the United States. When she came here she left behind all of her family, mom, sister, brothers, aunts, uncles, etc. She is now 63 years old and lost touch with all of her family and has no idea if her mother is still alive and has no idea about any of the other family members. Does any one out there know how I can go about finding lost family members even when they live in another country? I have done google searches, looked on Ancestory.com, looked up phone numbers, did email searches but I'm coming up empty. If anyone out there can help me please let me know. My mother is wondering if her mother is alive and if we have no idea how to get in touch with them I'm sure they don't either.
1 response
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
28 Aug 07
Why didn't she keep up with her family especially her parents? Did she not have a good relationship with them? I moved overseas myself and still called and emailed my mother every week she even came to visit me. I moved back to the US but I still live far away I always email my mother and call her she just came to see me a few weeks ago. I know they didn't have email back them but couldn't she have written or called? I could not imagine losing touch with my mother no matter where I moved that's why I wondered about what kind of relationship they had. I was going to suggest ancestor.com as well but you said you tried that. I would go to websites specifically geared to Germany and check there. Heck I would actually go to Germany and see about it myself. Has she been back since?
@gruber (14)
• United States
29 Aug 07
I don't really know anything about her father. She was raised by her grandparents and didn't really get along with her mother. She use to write and phone her aunt around the holidays but that all stopped. Why? I don't know. We have been there to visit once, well actually lived there for 2 years and then came back to the states. My mom can't afford to go to Germany she is on a fixed income and really doesn't want to go unless she can get in touch with her family first and also she won't go alone and would want to take the family with her and none of us can afford that. I couldn't imagine not staying in touch either. My mom currently lives in Kentucky and I live in Pennsylvania and we talk at least every week or two. She was just here for a 10 day visit. She comes here twice a year and I go there once a year. Well, thanks for comment. I will keep searching. I did come across an email for a cousin of hers which I sent an email to but have not heard anything yet. We weren't even sure if it was to the right person. Oh well, I'll just have to keep playing around in cyberworld and hope of stumbling upon something. Once again, Thanks!!!
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
29 Aug 07
Good luck. You know what they say about six degrees of separation? Keep trying I'm sure you will find something. Maybe you could join some German groups online like German Friend Finders or Yahoo Germany and send emails to people asking them to forward the email to everyone they know I'm sure you'd be able to find someone who knew your mother.