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From: "William H. Hawthorne" <>
Subject: Re: Writing to living relis , word of warning
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 14:47:16 -0600

I recently wrote to some addresses I found in an address book that
belonged to my Grandmother and was successful. I found one "lost
relative" out of a dozen. He has promised me some information on his
line. I don't think it would of been a waste even if I didn't get any
replies. You've got to try anything you can to get a lead.

Bill H.

Roslyn Lomas wrote:

> Good morning Will and other list members
> Oh dear, it think that original letter came from me in a reply
> to a list letter.
> > I sent out over 150 letters and i only received 25 replies ,
> >none of which were related at all . It was a huge waste
> > of money .
> I look at it in this light - there are no living relatives left that
> have the information I require, there are no parents listed on
> the marriage and death certificates, in fact a total brick wall.
> I began writing to Horn surname folk in Middlesex, as this
> is the address my ancestor gave when leaving England.
> Sure it has cost money, and yes a lot will not reply because
> they are not interested OR feel it not necessary to reply as
> they are not related - BUT that way they can be eliminated
> from my list.
> To date I have had some very in-depth replies, which has
> given me information to work my way through. This will be
> the slow part !
> There is one thing I have learnt since beginning my quest
> to learn of my heritage, and that is how very kind and helpful
> others can be - there are people out there who are kind,
> loving and thoughtful - they are the ones who make my heart
> sing.
> Roslyn of NZ
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