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Offline Millihertz

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New to RootsChat and trying to find out if I have any half siblings
« on: Wednesday 09 September 15 20:15 BST (UK) »
Hi All,

I know my dads name.  He was Chester William.  I believe he was from NJ but lived in Baltimore for awhile but passed in the 80's in PA.  That is all that I know.  How would I go about finding out if I have brother or sisters? 

Thank you in advance,

Glen

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Re: New to RootsChat and trying to find out if I have any half siblings
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 09 September 15 20:49 BST (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat  :) Unfortunately this isn't a forum for tracing living relatives and we aren't allowed to post details of living, or possibly living, people. We can, however, give general advice.

Do you think there might be older half siblings? If you parents were married then check there marriage certificate to see the groom's status (single, widowed or divorced).

Away sorting out DNA matches... I may be gone for some time many years!

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Re: New to RootsChat and trying to find out if I have any half siblings
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 09 September 15 21:32 BST (UK) »
Getting an exact date of death and more specific location where he lived might lead to an obituary.  The Social Security Death Index is probably the best first stop for this time frame.  It's available on a few sites, including here - https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535

If you're in the US, many public libraries give free access to genealogy sites like Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, so check what your library provides.

If the paper trail leads nowhere, autosomal DNA testing is an option.