How do you get in touch with someone who lives in another country?

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Hello everyone,

previously, I have mentioned that I have had some professional genealogy help to get further in my Irish ancestry research. Since I have already paid for too much genealogy stuff at the moment, I am thinking about mailing a letter to the person who the genealogist mentioned as being an old neighbor in the house where my great-great-great grandfather, Bernard Maye used to live. He is not a relative as far as I know but he is 92 so I do not expect him to have a Facebook account or anything like that. Regardless, I would like to look into this possibility.

Does anybody have any suggestions about what to do? Also, how much would it cost me realistically to send a letter?

Thank you,

Mike
in The Tree House by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)

2 Answers

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Best answer
You can calculate the postage on the USPS web site. The rate varies per ounce. The standard airmail rate for a letter is $1.20 for the first ounce to Ireland.

A letter would be the best, introducing yourself and asking if he remembers your family.

You used to be able to buy International Reply Post vouchers and I would certainly include one with a self-addressed envelope.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (225k points)
selected by Dale Gatherum-Goss
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You can do so much genealogy for free, that paying a professional genealogist is rarely necessary.

Have you searched for your surname on facobook and made friends with people in the same town or with the same surname as your Irish ancestors.? They have have access to information that even a professional genealogist does not. They may know where the old folks are buried and be able to take a picture of the gravestones for you. They will know the local geography and sometimes the local history as well. They may be able to go to the local churches and look any records that aren't already online. This works for me. I have had a lot of success in Ireland because I know what towns my grandparents came from. I now am facebook friends with people who live in thehouses where my grandparents were born. I know many of my second cousins in Ireland this way, and even some of their friends. One of the friends of my second cousin is a local historian who has sent me a lot of info about the area my ancestors are from. So try facebook and also try listservs and groups for the geographical area you are interested in. Works for me!  And don't forget you have over 200,000 genealogists right here on wikitree who may be able to help you for free as well. Best wishes for a successful and inexpensive hunt!
by Sharon Centanne G2G6 Pilot (142k points)

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