I seem to have a problem when it comes to getting info from my biological father about his father and mother because he doesn't know much about his mother's side of the family and didn't like his father hence doesn't know much about his father's side. What we do know is his father's name and birth state, his mother's name and birth date, and his father's father's name. How do I go about finding out the info when nobody in the family wants to talk about it and I don't have any money?
Sorry I just found this sight or I would have sent you help sooner. Go to your local library and find your local history books, old newpapers, cemeteries, churches, etc. Go to your Courthouse and go thru land deeds, estate wills, probates, etc. It is time consuming but everything but the copies of what you find are free. This is all assuming that they were from Greenville also. If not you will need to look in the counties they lived in. If you still come up blocked email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see if I can find you a starting base. Barbara
Sorry I failed to mention this before but I am not from Greenville, SC. I simply lived there. I am back in Florida which is where I am from. I managed to get some info since the last time I posted here. I managed to get in touch with my grandma's niece and got info which led to uncovering my grandmother's side. Info on my grandfather's side was a little harder to dig up. First I had to pry the name of the county that my great grandfather died in. Then I had to call the two funeral homes in that county to get his wife's name and his wife's mother's name and his wife's father's name.
Your biological father might not like his father but what about his favorite aunt, cousin, or other relative that might beable to give you information on the family. You might want to look at his birth certificate. Sometimes it tells you if he was the first born, 2nd, and so forth. Some even list the names of siblings. Also check out his parent's birth certificates, they will list both of their parents on the certificates. If any of these people were alive prior to 1930, you might find them on an US census record. Even though some sites charge to look at records such as these, alot of them offer free trial periods. If you have some time off, sign up for a free trial period and just search and save or print copies of the information. Then don't forget to cancel the free trial and reveiw all the information you have collected. Don't forget that researching your ancestry is not easy. Keep trying and read up on how to get people to open up to you. Good luck!