Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
I've had the same experience, mostly with one particular branch of my
family. I made contact with my father's cousin, and we had a
delightful phone conversation, then nothing. I managed to make
contact with his son through totally different research, but with the
same result. It seems not a single person in that family is
interested in their extended family or history, and they're my only
doorway to learn about my great-grandmother's entire branch . . .
I've chosen to back off; I feel that pursuing it at this time will
only anger them more. I can only hope that someday some relative in
that branch will be curious, and someone will remember about me.
I also made contact with cousins in Russia, who were stunned, gleeful
and beside themselves that I'd been able to find them - they'd been
looking for their American family since WWII ended. A few months of
contact, then nothing. However, in this case, I suspect the reasons
are more political.
I'd recommend you wait a few weeks or months, then perhaps send them
a letter by regular mail, with perhaps some initial(but not
overwhelming) research, including a simplified handwritten family
tree (less intimidating than computer-printed, I feel).
I am becoming so frustrated, and am wondering whether others have