Finding the Living Among the Dead:
Using the Internet to Find Your Living Cousins
Living people are making changes and additions to online family trees.
In FamilySearch.org we can identify living people who may be related to us by looking at the individual pages of our deceased ancestors and their deceased descendants. Who are the living people making changes, attaching sources, attaching memories, creating discussions and adding notes?
In Ancestry.com trees not only can we identify deceased relatives, we can also contact the living tree owner for help in identifying living family members. Most of the people listed as "private" in public trees are living people who are related to the deceased individuals in the public tree.
Living people can be found in the obituaries of our deceased relatives.
Obituaries can be found in many places: Record Collections, Newspapers, Mortuaries, Cemeteries, and through Search Engines.
Contact information for living people can be found online.
The U.S. Public Records Index contains contact information for living people; MyHeritage.com has this index in their collections. People finder/directories and Social Media sites contain contact information for living people.
Here are lists of sites that I have found useful in obtaining the above information. They are in alphabetical order.
Family History / Genealogy
Newspapers / Obituaries
People Finders / Directories
US Public Records Index (MyHeritage.com)