How to Find Living Relatives


Researching family history/genealogy is not just about tracing ancestry and finding your family’s roots. It is also one of the best tools to find out more about your extended relatives for whom you did not even know that they exist. All the way up to the mid-20th century, the birth rate was quite high throughout the world and as a result, most of us are connected to a large number of people through a common ancestor. Finding the people whom you are related to by blood requires an extensive research of your family history and genealogy as it involves tracing all lines of your family. In this article, we will focus on how to use the information from genealogical research to find out who are your living relatives, where they live and how to establish a contact. If you have not researched your family history/genealogy yet, you can use guides on our website.

Step 1

Focus on a single relative at a time. It is not difficult to get confused when dealing with unknown names and dates. You are recommended to focus on a single person at a time and record every new information you find including where and when you found it. That way you will know exactly who is who and perhaps even gain valuable information about other living relatives.

Step 2

Check the newspaper archives. A particularly valuable trace provide the obituaries as they may also include information about living relatives or other useful clues. However, to be able to find you living relatives in obituaries, you need to know the full name of the deceased person, approximate date of death and the place where the person passed away/lived at the time of death.

Step 3

Search the white pages of the telephone directory. It is a great source if you have lots of information about the person you are looking for because it actually provides you with a contact. But to be able to contact your relative by using the telephone directory as a source, you need more information than just full name and the place where he or she lives, especially if the person has a common surname and lives in a big town or city.

Step 4

Browse the web. Simply type the information you have about the person you are looking for (e.g. full name, address, etc.) into the search engine and in a matter of seconds, you may get exactly what you are looking for. Another great way to find as well as to contact your extended relative are various social networking websites which are used by a large number of people.

Step 5

Consider creating a family website. It is a great way to connect and keep in touch with your relatives. They can give you valuable information about your family history which in turn can be of major help when looking for living relatives.