How do I find my dead father?
May 23, 2010 2:51 PM Subscribe
Can you help me find out information about my dead father?
posted by ajarbaday to human relations (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So! I never my biological father, and he died some time ago (about ten years). The only information that I have on him is his legal name, his religious name, the state he was from, and the state he died in, as well as the cause of death. In other words, just the bare minimum. I've gone looking on census websites and obituary compilers, but haven't found anything close - most of the ages are off by a good twenty years.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for finding a lost father? I'm too broke to hire a private investigator, and I'm a little reticent to try to track down my biological father's partner, although I will try that if I can't find much more info.
I wasn't adopted, by the way, and he showed interest in contacting me before he died, if that makes a difference in the ethicality of this question. It'd be really nice to find a photo of him, at the very least, since none exist that I know of right now. The other problem is that his last name is fairly uncommon, but it might be a bad spelling of his real name. Also, birth certificate is no good, since my father is listed as unknown.
I know AskMeFi isn't a people-finder (despite recent awesome riveting events), I guess I'm looking to see if anyone has any other suggestions for finding someone using the internet. The most recent questions on missing persons seemed to be from a couple of years ago.