This post appeared last week in our German blog. We've translated it to help Gudrun Giesemann find her father.
We're now hoping to help Gudrun, who's been searching for her biological father for over 30 years. She's tried everything, without success. Now we're asking our readers for help. Each bit of information could be vitally important for Gudrun.
Here's her story:
For over 30 years, I've been searching for my biological father whom I've never met. When my mother died in 1989, she told me that his name was SIDNEY or SYDNEY SMITH. Unfortunately, there are a lot of spellings of this common name.
Perhaps he is already deceased, but as everyone knows: hope dies last!
My mother, Edith Funk, was born in 1922 and said that my father was nine years older, thus born around 1912 or 1913. But that's if, in 1950, he was telling my mother the truth about his age.
My father was English. He was based in the air force barracks in Goslar until he was suddenly transferred to Weybridge.
My mother discovered she was pregnant only after he was transferred. She tried searching, but couldn't find any information or address. Thus, I grew up without a father.
Even after all this time, I still don't feel rooted. If he's no longer alive, I would still like to go and visit his grave, to say goodbye. Maybe I have half-siblings out there somewhere, who may want to contact me. I would love to hear more about my father and learn what kind of person he was.
Gudrun will be very grateful for any help. She's created a Facebook page dedicated to searching for her father and also placed an advert on the German website markt.de. The International Tracing Service gave her a birth certificate (see picture below), but she doesn't know for sure if it belongs to her father. The name matches, and the date of birth makes sense, but it's still inconclusive.
I really hope that I will find him or other family members. My oldest son looks like my father and is a daily reminder of him.
We hope that you can give Gudrun tips, or any information. Please share in the comments below.