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Old 12-01-2014, 05:50 PM
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My father was stationed on the U.S. base in Wiesbaden, Germany. He met a woman named Gerdie Brual, not sure of spelling, and she may have had a child from their relationship. They lived together and were in a relationship for about a year before he was sent back to the states. The child would have probably been born in 1971. They wrote back and forth for months, he was trying to get her to move to America, but they somehow lost contact. I believe that she had a son, who would be my older half brother. I was told that she lived, and still may live in the Wiesbaden area. My father is black, so that would make their son biracial, as I am as well.

I have tried looking through social media, but as she is older, I'm not sure that she would be as tech savy to have online profiles. I can't find any information, and unfortunately, I don't even know her son's (or daughter's) name to search for him/her.

I would greatly appreciate any and all assistance with this issue. Thank you.
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Old 11-09-2017, 05:27 AM
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Looking for my half sister born in 1958. Her mother’s name was Christa Renate Otto. Her daughters name is Marion.
Believe last known address was somewhere on Torgan a/Elbe Hallersche Str. 3 that was in one of the letters hoping I spelled it correctly.
Thank you for your help Teresa McLane
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:32 AM
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Have you tried doing a search on ancestry.com? My British husband (adopted at birth) discovered that he has 4 biological siblings using the site then hired a private genealogist who resides in the county where they are located to learn all of the relevant details including names, age, where they live and more.

Last winter he made contact with them all. E-mails, letters and pictures were sent back and forth for about 6 months then we went over to spend time with them (we live in the US). He is now fully connected with everyone and we plan to return again soon.

Best of luck.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:26 AM
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You should consider doing your DNA to find relatives. It's suggested people starting out do DNA at Ancestry 1st because of their family tree features. Once the DNA is processed, you're able to upload the Ancestry results to My Heritage, Family Tree DNA and a site called GEDmatch.Ancestry and 23 and Me are the only sites that don't support uploads. Anyone interested, see my thread Family tree and DNA general instructions

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