April 2012 Toolkit: Tools for Finding Living Relatives
Use these tools to track down long-lost cousins—who may be able to share ancestral information.
By definition, genealogists search for dead people—so the notion of looking for living relatives might seem counterintuitive. But tracing your family tree forward is a great way to enhance your genealogy experience. Because records about living people often are subject to privacy restrictions that don’t affect your ancestors’ documents, “reverse genealogy” will introduce you to new resources, sharpen your problem-solving skills and—perhaps best of all—allow you to connect with family members you never knew you had. Let’s look at five top tools for identifying and locating living relatives.