Every person I look for with few exceptions I find no records for. For example:
First: Heinz Last: Zaun Birth: Germany Date: 1928 Death: Germany Date: 1957
I know this to be true, his son is alive and has given me the dates and information. Yet searching for brith/death certificates or any records of his life come up empty for me. What am I doing wrong with my searches?
I kinda feel if I can't find records for a more recent person in my tree how am I ever going to find someone further back.
ancestry.com - The tree it finds is mine.
I do have a specific location in Germany - Marburg. But I get no better results with the added detail. I know, from talking to family, his parents - both birth and death dates, full names, and I have pictures. Still I can't find any vital records on them either.
It just seems odd, I can find other Zauns that may or may not be related to me but nothing on the family members I know exists back to my great and great-great relatives on my fathers side. On my mothers side the family gets HUGE quickly and still, once outside of the US, I can find nothing, and in the US I can find very little. I wan't expecting this to be easy-peasy but I was expecting the internet to be somewhat helpful - it's just discouraging.