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Old 01-19-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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I"m looking for a cousin. The last trace I had was what I think you call the North Shore not too far from downtown. The receipt for the certified letter I sent came back signed by someone else.

I've tried the library (Chicago hasn't had a city directory for decades), the newspaper sites (can't figure them out), and a couple of message boards (no replies, never mind suggestions).

He grew up in Skokie, but there were other areas, too. Age: about 64-65. Ethnic background: Hungarian-German (name's Hungarian). At least attended the Catholic university there, but to the best of my knowledge not reared Catholic. And, that's about all I can remember.


Thanks for any suggestions that don't cost a fortune.

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Old 01-19-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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You're talking about an area of millions of people. Probably going to need an actual name or something here.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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You're talking about an area of millions of people. Probably going to need an actual name or something here.

No problem with the name, really. It's Meszaros, which is rather rare in the United States -- in the whole country there are maybe a couple of thousand families -- and I think there is at least one other family with the same last name in the Chicago area. I did run across one that seemed unrelated.

My uncle was from Dayton, Ohio, same as me. I'm guessing my aunt was from Chicago.

And, I did kind of know I'm talking about an area of millions of people. I just thought there might be some general sources. I mean, it's an area of millions of people....
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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There is a Patrick and a Kenneth with that last name in the Chicago burbs
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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There is a Patrick and a Kenneth with that last name in the Chicago burbs
Doesn't sound related.

First name, Gary.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:29 PM
 
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You may want to get a subscription to People Search - Find Public Records at PeopleFinders

I have used several of the online "people finder" services and this one is by far the best. You can search by last name only or by full name, you can search within a given state or city if you wish. It will give you the full addresses and phone numbers going back many years in most cases. Also the full date of birth for most everyone.

You can even sign up for a subscription trial I think. Not sure about that. I remember I did a trial at first but loved it so much I have an ongoing subscription.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Moving to People Search Forum..
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:07 PM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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If there really aren't that many Meszaros in the U.S., you can just start calling people with the same last name in northeastern Illinois.

There was a Gary A Meszaros in Skokie (which is a first-ring suburb north of the city with a heavy central/eastern European (especially Jewish) population. He died at age 52 in 1999, which means he would have been about 64 this year. People Search & Background Checks by Name, Phone, Email or Address | PeopleSmart He appears to have graduated from Niles High School (near Skokie) in 1964.

If that's not him, even if they're not relatives a lot of times people with unusual last names are aware of other families with the same one. For example, I have a fairly unusual last name, and I keep track of a number of other people in the U.S. (the world, really) who have the same last name but are no relation. It's useful for just the circumstances you're in. And just calling around does work. My brother tracked down some family in Norway by going through a list of names in Bergen.

If you need leads, LinkedIn sometimes has leads for people who are actively employed. You can also try People Search | White Pages | Find People | FREE!, although it focuses on finding younger demographics usually and in my experience isn't especially accurate. If you know his profession, that can help narrow down leads, too.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Covington, KY
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If there really aren't that many Meszaros in the U.S., you can just start calling people with the same last name in northeastern Illinois.

There was a Gary A Meszaros in Skokie (which is a first-ring suburb north of the city with a heavy central/eastern European (especially Jewish) population. He died at age 52 in 1999, which means he would have been about 64 this year. People Search & Background Checks by Name, Phone, Email or Address | PeopleSmart He appears to have graduated from Niles High School (near Skokie) in 1964.

If that's not him, even if they're not relatives a lot of times people with unusual last names are aware of other families with the same one. For example, I have a fairly unusual last name, and I keep track of a number of other people in the U.S. (the world, really) who have the same last name but are no relation. It's useful for just the circumstances you're in. And just calling around does work. My brother tracked down some family in Norway by going through a list of names in Bergen.

If you need leads, LinkedIn sometimes has leads for people who are actively employed. You can also try People Search | White Pages | Find People | FREE!, although it focuses on finding younger demographics usually and in my experience isn't especially accurate. If you know his profession, that can help narrow down leads, too.

Thank you all very much. That looks like a better set of leads than I have ever had before, and I did check out the people search stuff, I just didn't go beyond the free elements. While the thought that he had died didn't escape me, I didn't really think that was the case as I did find the address where I sent the certified letter.

The Niles high school sounds vaguely familiar, but I'm surprised other things weren't mentioned. At least it's a place to check.

If I get nowhere with what you have provided, I'll be back....

Thank you again.
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:56 AM
 
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Здравствуйте! Ищу родственников в Чикаго, фамилия Минтянский. Подскажите где я могу взять информацию. С уважением, Сергей. e-mail: minelab@bk.ru
Здравствуйте. Я нашел очень похожее имя, но с j в конце на Whitepages.com. Была Хелен и Иван, родившийся в 1944 и 1939 годах.


Translations from Russian:

Question:

Hello! I'm looking for relatives in Chicago, last name Mintiansky. Tell me where I can get information. Best regards, Sergei.

Answer:

Hello, I found a very similar name, with a j at the end, Helen and Ivan, born in 1944 and 1939 on Whitepages.com
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