Cousin-Finding Features on Genealogy Websites

By Diane Haddad

Genealogy subscription site MyHeritage added a new feature this month called Search Connect, which lets you find other MyHeritage members who searched the site for people with the same names you’re searching for.

Basically, Search Connect turns every search into a record that you can then search for. You can see the search criteria used and get in contact with the other member to exchange more information.

You don’t have to do anything different to use Search Connect: Results are automatically included when you use the site’s search engine (called SuperSearch). But you also can use a separate Search Connect search page. Learn more about this new feature from the MyHeritage blog.

This made me wonder how other genealogy data sites help you get in touch with potential cousins:

  • On subscription site, go to an ancestor’s profile page and click the Tools menu, then select Member Connect. This shows you profiles in other members’ trees that the site thinks match your ancestor. And if you view a record for which someone else has added alternate information, you can see who added the notes.
  • On Fold3 (’s military-focused subscription site), when you’re viewing a record, look to the left side of the record viewer and click the Annotations tab. There, you’ll see any notes other members have left on the record, and you can click to view the member’s profile.
  • If you have a family tree on the free, you can email another contributor if he or she has a publicly viewable email address.