Never Give Up
To all those people out there who are looking for relatives living or dead I say to you never give up.
I was contacted at the end of September last year about a query, I myself had posted concerning my mothers maiden name of Madden. I did not know at this time that I was about to undertake my first reverse tree. I could not refuse helping the lady who has now become a very good friend, she had been given away at a couple of weeks old in 1951 and now was looking for her mother who also happened to have the same maiden name as my mother, however we were not related. I discovered that she had 3 half sisters and her mother who is now 81 is still alive.
6 months later I had her meeting her mother, 2 sisters and a nephew she did not know she had, it was also discovered that she has also got a brother plus another sister.
So if you come across that one person asking for that little bit of extra help it is sometimes worth it.
footnote: There are reasons that women gave their children away and sometimes it might just be too painful for a mother to acknowledge the child. However in this case it was my friends sisters that have taken her in with open arms