In a signal that genealogy is becoming a growing presence in the community, People Finders – the “web’s premier source for finding public records online” has now decided to start focusing on helping people with genealogy searches.
The site, which started off as a criminal record and background checking website for employers has changes its focus over the years to become “the most trusted and reliable website for locating family, friends, classmates, old flames and military buddies – we can help you find anyone, anywhere.”
Now, with the amazing growth in interest in Family History, the site is telling the worldwide media it “has an exciting idea to help people fill in the blanks of their family history. One of the best resources for unearthing their roots is also among the most neglected; people who already have a wealth of knowledge."
In other words, they believe that the records they have access to are under-utilized by genealogists of all levels and they want to help change that.
It’s interesting to see People Finders move into the genealogy space, particularly because they only have records dating back approximately 40 years, but for those of you in the USA who are looking for living (or recently deceased) relatives, People Finder’s experience could be a gold mine of information.
It’s not the cheapest service, and it’s no substitute for all of the amazing services and tools out there – like MyHeritage of course – that have been purpose built with the genealogy community in mind, but it could be a useful site to add to your toolset in the right circumstances
The other interesting thing, as I alluded to earlier, is the fact that a site with over 6 Million visitors every month is so impressed with the amount of people now interested in family history that it is positioning itself as a useful tool for that market.
Seems that, as a community, we’re really starting to make some noise!