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Tools for locating living cousins?

Tools for locating living cousins?

Posted: 24 May 2013 3:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm pretty good at tracking down 3rd & 4th cousins here in the USA. I have lots of tools to help: Online Newspaper Archives (GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive), Ancestry.com's city directories, yearbooks, etc. 1940 census, Online Obits, SSDI, the list goes on and on.

My sister-in-law's grandparents emigrated from England ca. 1910. I have used the UK census and FreeBMD to locate various siblings, some of whom emigrated and some of whom stayed in England. I have tracked their families up to the 1911 census and in some cases to the early 1980s via FreeBMD. But I stop there. Every order to the GRO costs me ~$15 and provides only limited information, so I want to minimize them.

I was wondering if there are similar tools to any of those I mentioned for the US in UK? In particular are there collections of indexed online newspapers, online obits, etc? Are obits published and as informative in England as they are in the US? Just looking for suggestions.

Re: Tools for locating living cousins?

Posted: 27 May 2013 10:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
The answer to your question about obituaries is "No". People can, but far from everybody does, put a death notice in a local, or national, paper which might say "Deeply mourned by, Mary, Jack and Bob", or something like that. If people are well-known, for any reason, they could get a more detailed obituary in a local paper but it will be about THEM and what they did - would probably say "he/she leaves wife/husband (name) and three children. Rarely more. If one is really well-known there could be a detailed obituary in a national newspaper - but details as above. You could try googling "192.com", it is possible to find people through that but I think you have to pay something to get full details. However the basic information about who is living in the house is available on at least some of the unrestricted entries. I also met someone who found her father's relatives through Facebook. She was illegitimate and then her mother had been killed in a car crash when she was 9 months old and she had been brought up by her grandmother and gt.aunt. Know nothing about the details, have no real understanding of Facebook or how it works, but someone did also trace her that way for me so I could send some photos I had found of her as a toddler playing with my son in a different country from either of the countries we now live in - so something works. Hope this is useful.

Re: Tools for locating living cousins?

Posted: 27 May 2013 2:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hmmmm. So unless my s-i-l's British cousins are actually looking into their ancestry and maybe for what happened to great Uncle Harry and his family, it's not too easy to track down distant cousins in the UK. I guess, when I get done, I'll just stick my research on Ancestry and my website and see if maybe anyone comes asking about it. Thanks.

Re: Tools for locating living cousins?

Posted: 27 May 2013 2:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
A start:

You could try posting on the Lost Family & Friends/UK board. Post your cousins' full names and the last location (but not the specific street address) where they were known to live.

If you have any idea of where your cousins may be living you could post a notice in the local newspaper. Likewise, with the administrator's permission, you could post on the RootsWeb mailing list for the appropriate location.

Check BT phone book.

The Salvation Army will sometimes help locate living relatives, so contact them.

Re: Tools for locating living cousins?

Posted: 27 May 2013 5:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am fairly sure that the Salvation Army service is just for people who have "gone missing" from a family and relatives have reason to be concerned about them. I do not think they would deal with just looking for living cousins on a social scale.
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