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Finding my lost step-brother
DearRITA & RON,
Ron suggests searching the Social Security Death Index, but you already know the death information on Chuck's father. DO check the index online for free at:
We're hoping the missing step-brother hasn't passed.
Ron's answer also rightly suggests searching for the obituary of your husband's father. The problem with obits is that they only include the family members by name (and their place of residence) if the following criteria are met:
Rita, when you say you've sent letters to "men with the same name in states that we thought were possible" I assume you got the info from something like "Yahoo People Search." Those online directories are for individuals who have LISTED telephone numbers. What if he has an unlisted number or has cancelled his phone service in favor of a cell-phone? Many folks are beginning to do this as it frees up money to pay for high speed internet access.
Ron's suggestion to do a public record search would provide more hits, but it will cost some money. I recommend a reputable company such as: MyFamily.com's People Finder http://www.myfamily.com I searched for Frank Zimmerman and found 557 matches.
You'll find more links to search services at http://www.USASearch.com I cannot vouch for the reliability of those services.
Also, you cannot be sure that the states you believe likely are indeed the correct group of states to be searching. In this day and age, we all seem to get around. (That sounds horrible out of context, but I think you know what I mean.)
Happy family tree climbing!