The following is an announcement written by LostCousins:
To celebrate the 3rd Birthday of the LostCousins website on May 1 all users will be offered completely free access for a week!
When LostCousins ran a similar offer on the site's 2nd birthday a record number of members discovered previously unknown living relatives (or 'lost cousins'), and it is anticipated that this year's celebrations will be even more successful.
The LostCousins website has a unique system that identifies living relatives who share the same ancestors automatically, confidentially, and with close to 100% accuracy. It's all done using census data from 1880/81, most of which is also available free online.
Founder Peter Calver explained why the system works so well: " Using data from just one census is like taking a snapshot of a family tree - we compare your snapshot against all the snapshots submitted by our other members, and when the same person appears twice, we know that we've found two people who are related.
"Because the information each member enters is taken from the same source - the census transcript - our software can match relatives with 100% accuracy. In other words the snapshots you provide are crystal-clear, not out-of-focus.
"Why do we have just one census for each country? Think of it this way - if you were going to have a family reunion, would you give people a choice of dates, or ask them all to come on the same day? You'd want them all to come on the same day, wouldn't you?
"Why did we pick 1880/81? Because these censuses can be searched free online, which means that more people use them than any other. It's like holding a reunion at the weekend so that relatives don't have to take a day off work to attend."
Registration and basic membership of LostCousins have always been free, and will continue to be free when the promotion ends on May 7.
The LostCousins website can be found at: http://www.LostCousins.com