Lost friend tracing
Below is a selection of cases John has undertaken.
# 1. Tracing a lady not seen by our client since 1966.
Lost friend tracing. Find a lost friend. A UK ex-pat on an extended two months holiday from the USA. Our client met her at a local dance-hall. After they spent her entire holiday in each other’s company.
On her day of departure, he offered to drive her to Heathrow Airport. – but due to traffic congestion not even time for a brief kiss – she just rushed into the terminal building.
They agreed to at least keep in touch. But sadly this didn’t happen.
Our client had an address in Detroit dating back to 1967-not encouraging. A common Christian name and a lesser-known surname. But unless she remained single it would have changed-so no use!
After months of combing through the Internet, a breakthrough came. A lady with the same name but a hyphenated surname.
Sure enough, it turned out to be exactly who we were looking for!
Today they are both living alone widow and widower on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In regular contact and hopefully will spend more time together. The only obstacle is one having to lose close contact with grandkids.
To:- John and Libby thanks very much for the sterling work done on the trace-miraculous, John Best wishes, John and Lorna.
#2. UK-Finland. The almost-impossible task of finding “P” from Finland.
“P” from Finland arrived in the UK in 1967 to take up a summer job. Working as a live-in assistant for a national charity-managed orphanage (Methodist Church).
The information we had to work with was as follow:-
- A Christian name which was an adopted Anglicised give by her UK work colleagues
- Originated from Helsinki.
- Her father was British. He served in WW2 in the British Army.
That’s it? We had no surname and just a UK “nicknamed” Christian name.
We began with the institution where “P” worked. Unfortunately it closed down in the 1980s. Some records are kept but DATA protection proved a stubborn barrier.
Tried various UK Forums related to her ex-employer/ Finland ex-pats, zilch!
The Finland Embassy! Wouldn’t so much as acknowledge four emails we sent them!
Next up, Facebook forums in Finland-Zilch
The next initiative. We advertised for paid freelancers in Finland to work on Press media, radio, etc.
Eureka! A national newspaper took up the story https://www.iltalehti.fi/kotimaa/a/201705222200145960 Happily, resulting in us finding “P”
Now a 70-year-old mum and gran still living in Helsinki! Thanks very much, John and Libby for all you did to bring us together again, a miracle, Derek and Paivi.
#3. UK-Spain-Dominican Republic.
Our client fondly remembers him“In the early 1970s. Rather like the type you meet at Petticoat Lane. Usually Jewish (he was), and a bark worse than his bite.
An entrepreneur full of confidence whereas I was somewhat withdrawn. We got on very well!
I can imagine him today with his mobile phone permanently attached to his ear!
Surprisingly and without warning, he seemed to vanish off the face of the earth.
The first port of call was his local historic library. A historic Electoral register revealed his surname had only one “L” instead of two. This apparent minor omission proved a crucial detail.
Our search took in family origins of Stepney and Poplar in the 1930s. There were an absolute myriad of obstacles in this case.
We discovered a cousin in Israel, but no response. An Internet listing in Madrid -similar name-double-barrelled. Actually It was him – but he had moved.
After more work and disappointments eventually we traced him to the Dominican Republic. Sadly he passed away in 2011. Buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave! A terrible disappointment to everyone.
We are forever grateful for the splendid effort you put in finding Dad, John, Thanks mate-you are a star! M. Hyams. Shalom!
An elderly gentleman age 75 asked us to find his ‘Eileen’ whom he had not seen since 1967
We only had a Christian name, town, road, and a vague recollection of the house she once lived with her parents in 1967.
Worked at a local Coop corner store. Name of an old friend “Veronica” living close-by in Wood Green.
Here is what he gave us in the way of events.
Dated during the summer of 1967. A lovely girl but for me a bit too clingy. Eventually due to my intransigent attitude, we parted. I think I imagined I was a bit of a “James Dean” macho and unkind was the way to go.
Ironically 5 years later by pure chance, I happened to bump into her again in a local corner shop where she was working. That was the last time I ever saw her. It could have been a defining moment to reunite us. But being a very awkward encounter I just kind of clammed up.
Our client wanted To feel and savour the journey to where he thought was her house. A re-run of a journey he made by car so often 53 years ago.
Having found the house we moved on quite well. We don’t want to bore you with the finer details here but it wasn’t easy.
We were beset by a host of false starts. Mainly due to incorrect assumptions poor guesses. Our searches took in the UK, South of France, and ironically back to Muswell Hil. Today a widow aged 74 and sadly living in a residential care home.
They have rekindled their friendship and our client happily visits her virtually every day. It’s now payback time for his foolish behaviour His parting shot was:- If only I had conducted this search earlier! Thanks, John, for your brilliant service. Eternally grateful. Terry and Eileen.
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