These days it’s easy for people to travel anywhere and everywhere. That’s lead to many of us having family scattered all over the world. But thanks to tech, we’ve been able to keep in touch and stay in contact. Or at least, we should have been able to. Thanks to video calling and social sites like Facebook, there’s no reason for you not to know where your family is or even who they are. Yet, it’s true to say that some people are still missing large parts of their extended family. Here are some great tips for staying in touch with those far away, yet dear to your heart.
Create A Family Tree
If you have kids, it’s highly likely that at some point they’ll come home with the school project quest of building a family tree. But if this hasn’t happened yet, why not get a jump start on it. It’s a great way to start building your family back through the ages and you can even find out who’s missing. What branches don’t you know about and how can you find where they’ve grown to? You’ll need to get on the phone and speak to some of your relatives. You might be surprised to learn that you’ve got more family members than you realised. But it’s true what they say. Blood ties are strong and they’re probably just as eager to find you as you are to find them.
Finding Missing Family Members
Once you’ve built your tree, you might discover the branches that you’re missing. You may have even found out some information about them through your mom and dad. What’s the next step? You’ll have to decide whether you want to try and find them. Remember they could be anywhere in the world but there is a solution to this problem. DNA tests have evolved and grown to the point where they can help you track people down. MyFamilyDNATest has got more information about this and what you can do to find missing family members.
When You Find Them
When you find the family members, you might never have met, it’s important that you reach out to them. You could locate them on Facebook or any of the other major social networks. Once you do that, you’ll be able to introduce yourself and let them know who you are. At that point, you may have discovered a beautiful new, family relationship.
Keep In Touch
Now that you’ve found them it’s important that you don’t drift apart. You need to keep in touch. You can do this using social media or even just sending out Christmas cards each year. If you want to make a particularly strong impression you could even send a gift. We recommend that you send something that isn’t fragile if they are a great distance away. Then who knows, you might even want to get them to come and visit. Particularly, if they have children the same age as your own.
Family is such an important part of our lives. But it’s true to say our own family is usually a lot bigger than we realise. We just have to start looking.