They’re Alive: Searching for Living Persons

They’re Alive! Searching For The Living

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: Genealogists have many reasons to locate living relatives – from connecting with long lost cousins to performing collateral searches to break down brick walls.  Learn the most effective ways to find living people using Internet search engines and resources.

Description: In this session you’ll learn not only why it is important to locate living relatives, but how to leverage the power of Internet to make certain you have the correct contact information.  You’ll also learn how making contact with the living can hone your genealogy research skills and actually help you break down those brick walls.

Audience Level: Beginner

Requirements: Projection for laptop/netbook computer on large screen

Content: 4 page handout


  • Why Seek The Living?
  • Access – What’s Free and What Isn’t
  • Internet Search Engines
  • People Search Engines
  • Telephone Records
  • Public Records
  • Social Media Tools
  • Newspapers
  • Unlikely Places
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Case Study: Marjorie Pauline Frost
  • Links

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee


One Response

  1. Carol M. Bartlett

    28 September 2020 2:23 pm

    Hello…this is Carol Bartlett from the Ela Area Public Library. I work with our Genealogy Interest Group. Would you be able to do this program for our group on February 15, 2021? We meet at 3 p.m., and are continuing to do Zoom meetings. If this would be possible, I’d appreciate hearing from you in the next week, as the “information folks” are pushing to get calendar events listed early.
    Thank you,


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