Over the past couple of weeks my son has been working on a project collecting information regarding family ancestry. This project has rekindled my desire to understand my roots better.
I was adopted and am fortunate to know my birth Mother. That part of the puzzle is intact and I learned new information due to my son's project - things I didn't know - which is very cool.
Now I want to find my birth Father, but the task isn't easy. His name is James Anderson - a very common name. From what my birth Mother has told me he graduated in 1968 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Management . He was working at an insurance company for the summer months, and it was at that insurance company that they met. In late August of 1968, he was going to boot camp and then into the Air Force. They dated during the summer months. He enjoyed hanging out at the fraternity house, which was Delta Chi.
Years ago, before my son was born I believe my birth Mother found him through the University of Minnesota alumni association. She sent "Jim Anderson" a letter, but did not get a reply. At the time this "Jim Anderson" lived in Medford, OR. I have a friend in Medford that did some checking and I believe this "Jim Anderson" now lives in Eagle Point, OR. Again, that is IF this is THE James Anderson.
I can understand a person's reluctance to want to accept what happened so many years ago. I don't know what I would do if I received an email or call from someone claiming to be my child, but as a Father I think I would try to give the person the closure they need in life. There's a gap in my history and I feel I need to fill it for my own sake (and for the sake of my children).
Why am I writing this blog post? To put it out there into the universe for you all to read, to put it out there in hopes that somewhere someone knows a man named James Anderson who graduated in 1968 from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Management. I want to fill in the blanks!
I have been blessed with a wonderful family. My late Dad, Mom and sisters, Uncles, Aunts, cousins are fantastic. This isn't about wanting to encroach on anyone's life or be added to a Christmas card list. This is about knowledge.
Anyhow, please share this blog post around. If you happen to be in Oregon and anywhere near Eagle Point let me know. Maybe you can drop by and ask this "Jim" some questions.
I have been sending "Friend Requests" on Facebook to people named "James Anderson" in an effort to see if one of them is him.
Just seeking closure...not getting any younger...