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Old 09-14-2019, 10:08 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I'm commenting here because you say your grandparents lived in a village in the north of England. My father was born somewhere over there. I never got a straight answer out of anyone about it, he sometimes said near Sherwood Forest, but I'm sure that's a story he decided to tell me. But pretty sure his father worked in a quarry where he died (accident?) and when that happened, Dad was 12 and had to go to work at a lace factory. His mother gave him a schilling (sp?) for the trolly to get to work but had to walk a distance to get home. Wish I knew more, but from hearing about it, not any ancestor site. Last name was Smith.
Track them down! You could try Ancestry.com and look for a birth record. But to stay on topic, I met a lot of people that way, people who still lived in or near that same village. They helped me find out more about my family when I went over there. And now my facebook has the news from the village's website. The friends I met are now "old friends" because I met them twenty years ago when I first went back. (Yours probably came from the north of England like mine, working in mines and quarries and mills--hard lives.)
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Venus
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Since getting on line, I have reconnected with some people from my past-some really good friends that I lost contact with, others were only acquaintances at the time but are now becoming friends. Unfortunately, I have discovered that my childhood best friend, who I wanted to reconnect with, has passed away. I also found out that another dear friend who I lost contact with also passed away -but I am now Facebook friends with his son. (He remembered me when I was friends with his dad.) Some other friends I haven't been able to locate yet. There are other people who I DON'T want to reconnect with.


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Old 09-14-2019, 01:12 PM
 
Location: equator
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Its not hard to find them now with the internet
Yeah, but unless you join FB (which I refuse) you can't see any pictures of them!

As for women, when I googled myself, it was alarming to see ALL my former names showed up. Yikes.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:19 PM
 
Location: equator
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So far, I have a list of 28 people on Wikipedia, with whom I was on a first name basis, most of them personal guests in their home or mine, not counting casual meetings. One dating back to age 12. No, I wasn't really that important. Maybe half would remember me.
You have friends on Wikipedia? I'm impressed!

IMO, if you have a Wiki page, you have "arrived", LOL.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:46 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I’ve looked for former co-workers and bosses... The bosses were much older than I so it was no surprise to see their obituaries.... but I was shocked to see some of my coworkers - in a number of jobs throughout my career - were dead. And died young from illness.

I have connected with one or two high school friends on FB - and we keep it light and fun. I have searched for people - just off the top of my head - even tho I would never “re” friend them.... I just am snoopy enough to want to find out what happened to them.

There are some who I’d like to give them a piece of my mind.... but I will refrain from wasting my energies on them.

My youngest sister is one to peruse the hometown obituary pages and often shares obits of people she thinks we all should know.... she’s funny about that.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Iíve tried without success to find several people I served with in the Marines during Vietnam. One particular unit I was in even has a Face Book page but nobody ever turned up that I knew. Just vanished to who knows where. I have connected with several co workers at my old job but never anyone in management as they were all self serving jerks.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I have found that work acquaintances fade after awhile, although I still have one from 35 years ago. Two of my girlfriends from high school have died.
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:42 PM
 
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When I was a teenager and young adult, some of my friends' parents were wiser and more experienced in some aspects of life than mine were. I learned a lot through osmosis just by being in their households on a regular basis. Interestingly, I've had 2 men tell me how much My dad helped them and gave them good advice! I'm old, so all that generation is gone now.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:32 PM
 
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:23 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I did some googling to track down some old acquaintances and was dismayed to find so many of them deceased, including several considerably younger than me. One was a kid I worked with in the late 1960s, died in his 40s. Two were business colleagues from the 90s that passed
in their 50s. Better news that my old boss from 1975 to 1989 moved to this area when he retired, and he contacted me via Facebook. We ended up getting together for dinner, he’s doing well at 80.
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