1. Frequent family tree websites.
2. Test your DNA.
3. Seek surname studies.
4. Surf social networks.
When you join a group, you’ll send a request and wait to be added. Once you are, read the posting guidelines, introduce yourself and briefly say why you’re there. Share just enough information about your family tree to see if you get a cousin nibble. No cousins in the group? Another member may be able to point you the right direction.
5. Find family forums.
6. Sign up for societies.
7. Browse blogs.
8. Meet and greet.
9. Peruse the papers.
10. Go to reunions.
No luck? Think about organizing a reunion yourself, following advice in guides such as the one in the September 2013 Family Tree Magazine and on websites such as Reunions Magazine. Publicize your reunion online and on social media, and use all the strategies in this article to find cousins to invite. The more cousins, the merrier your family tree.
- Check your “other” folder on Facebook for messages. You don’t get notifications of new messages in this folder, but if a cousin you’re not Facebook friends with messages you, it’ll end up here.
- Don’t have a potential cousin’s email address? Try a Google search for the person’s username for a genealogy website, or search for his name plus his city of residence or the word genealogy.
Sorting out cousin relationships
Hold a family history-focused reunion
Finding family in online trees
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