He's not from this state.
He wanted his family- which is scattered across the US- to find him.
It never occurred to him, any more than it did to me, that those people would still be alive, that they'd remember his first and last name (most of them just went by weird nicknames; we never knew most of their real names, or if we did I don't remember), that they'd have internet access, that they'd seek him out.
They were part of a different era, when computers didn't exist (I mean, they existed, but not in our world).
He just never thought they'd be on there, or that they'd look him up and contact him, I guess.