The Followup "Inquiry" Letter

This is the followup letter which I send a few weeks after sending the initial "blind inquiry" package. Notice the similarities and the differences between this and the first letter. You might like to make this followup letter rather shorter -- perhaps invite them to call you instead of writing.

This is only needed to jog those who did not respond to the first letter.

As with the other parts of this package, you may choose to use it as-is (substituting your own information), or you can simply use it as a model.

Your Name
Your address
City, State, Zip
Email: paul(at)
December 5, 2000

City, State/Province, Zip

Dear Name,

My name is Paul Havemann, and I'm writing to see how our families are related. I sent you a letter a while ago, but I was sorry not to hear from you. Perhaps you can spare a moment now.

It's my hobby, so I'm not trying to sell you anything. I don't even want to take a lot of your time. I'm simply trying to track my ancestors -- perhaps we have one in common.

My ancestors came from Germany into New York in the late 1800s, and spread out across the country from there. The earliest ancestor I have so far traced is Barthold Havemann, father of Otto (Adolph) Havemann, who married Mary Wingendorff; their sons, Walter and Alfred William Havemann, were born in the early 1900s, on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, New York. (I am descended from Alfred W. Havemann.)

As I said, I don't wish to impose. But I'd be grateful if you could share just a little information about your ancestry -- even just the names of your parents or grandparents. Perhaps we have the same great-great-grandparent!

In return, I would be pleased to tell you what I discover. I have also written to other Havemanns around the country; with your help, who knows what I could find?

If you have access to the World Wide Web, I hope you will visit my site at this address: If not, I'll be glad to write back to you. And, at some point, I will write a history of the Havemann family tree; if I am lucky enough to find photos of our ancestors, they will be included. I will gladly send a copy to everyone who responds.

I hope you can take a minute or two to call me; or, you can jot a few notes on the enclosed questionnaire. I would welcome your collect call at (973) 555-1212; I arrive home about 6:30 PM Eastern time.)

Again, thank you for your time, and I hope that you can help me with my project -- and our family history.


"Cousin " Paul Havemann