Actual requests received by the Family History Department of the LDS Church. These are extracts from REAL letters:
I would like to find out if I have any living relatives or dead relatives or ancestors in my family.
He and his daughter are listed as not being born.
My Grandfather died at the age of 3.
We are sending you 5 children in a separate envelope.
The wife of #22 could not be found. Somebody suggested that she might have been stillborn – what do you think?
I am mailing you my aunt and uncle and 3 of their children.
Enclosed please find my Grandmother. I have worked on her for 30 years without success.
Now see what you can do. This family had 7 nephews that I am unable to find. If you know who they are, please add them to the list.
We lost our Grandmother, will you please send us a copy?
A 14-year-old boy wrote: “I do not want you to do my research for me. Will you please send me all of the material on the Welch line, in the US, England and Scotland countries? I will do the research.”
Will you please send me the name of my first wife? I have forgotten her name.
This was published in the Improvement Era magazine (ancestor of the Ensign) back in the 60s or 70s.