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Re: Afraid to continue research - need advice
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If he was 57 when he died 25 years ago there should be a number of publicly available records to begin with.
If he had a Social Security number, you can write for his social security application...I believe it costs $27....but it SHOULD be a form he filled out naming his birth place and parent's names, including his mother's maiden name.
If he was alive in 1930 he should be listed in that census, possibly with siblings. (Were any siblings named in the obituary? Their obituaries may name cousins.....How may other children do you know of?)
If you can locate his parent's names and then their death records and/or obituaries then you may find a lot more....
The emotional side is a lot more difficult to comment upon. The descendants of his siblings, and children of his other wives may or may not even know YOU exist.....so I would be ready for skepticism at least, if not some suspicion when you contact them. Others, knowing of his multiple relationships, may welcome you readily as "family", but I would certainly gather what information I could before contacting individuals and saying, "I think we're cousins!" You wll have to SHOW the skeptics evidence anyway.....so prepare yourself & satisfy your thirst for knowledge first
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