I don't have a sample letter for you, but I have had very great success with
this. Just write a letter that expresses you and your interest, and have it
translated to German by someone at trans(a)genealogienetz.de. A form letter
does not really seem to do the job to me.
I have found Germans and Austrians to be very friendly, and some are quite
interested in this! Some of the German-Bohemians, especially, I have found
are well aware of someone who had immigrated long ago, and are also looking
for their long-lost cousins. Some of the G-Bs had lost the addresses of
their American relatives during the Expulsion.
Of course it must be a not common name and some will not reply, but some,
even if they are not interested, will pass it on to someone else in their
family. (I requested that in my letters in the past.) I have put in little
photos of the immigrant/s in the letter text.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Debra Lyding" <dlyding(a)qwest.net
Sent: Friday, December 31, 2004 6:02
Subject: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Sample Letter
Does anyone have a sample letter that I could use to write to people
find in the german phone book who share my last name? Would writing cold
letters like that be acceptable or would they more than likely toss my
letter in the garbage? I really want to connect with some long lost
cousins to discover the family history in eastern Germany that we have lost
through time, wars and of course the wall in Berlin. Any help would be
appreciated, especially an example written in german.
Vielen Dank, Thank you, Debra
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