I grew up with hardly any cousins from my own generation. I know so many Americans who grew up with generations of cousins. I felt so alone.
Not many Americans can relate. I am Russian. That is the cause of my problem.
My father and mother immigrated to the USA in the early 1950s. Leaving a communist country means you can never contact your family again until the Iron Curtain is re-opened. Contact with a foreigner, especially family living in the USA, put a target on your back.
The Iron Curtain is gone, but it is hard to find the family left behind in the former USSR. It is hard but not impossible.
I hope to help others in their search to find family. I have learned some much about my family. I have found family I never expected to find. It has been an exciting experience, but it comes with a lot of patience and frustration. I hope to help you because there is hope to find family no matter how long it has been.