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I’ve just recently started the phase in my genealogy search where you contact distant
cousins to exchange family information. It’s a fun phase!, and not just because of
the enlightening genealogy information and ancestral photos that turn up. It’s neat
to see how we’re related and think about all the other folks out there who could by
This is what reverse genealogy is all about: finding cousins, sharing family information
and memories, and breaking down research brick walls.
It’s starting with your ancestors and working forward in time to find living
relatives (the reverse of what genealogists typically do).
Genealogy Value Pack has all the tools you need to locate folks who may hold the
keys to your tough family history problems:
Research Strategies: Reverse Genealogy article download by Lisa Louise Cooke:
Get advice for making like Sherlock Holmes and finding cousins, including tips for
figuring out where to look, as well as the best websites and directories to use.
Reverse Genealogy independent study course download: This course, also developed
by Lisa Louise Cooke, has in-depth instructions on tracing your family lines forward
to find living relatives.
They’re Alive: Finding Living Relatives on-demand webinar by Thomas MacEntee:
Learn about using people-finding websites, how to approach a possible cousin (without
feeling like a stalker) and more.
Step by Step Guide: Safely Sharing Data Online article download by Rick Crume:
You want to find relatives and you want them to find you, but how do keep from putting
“too much” out there (and maybe letting the wrong people find you)? This advice will
help you stay safe.