Reconnect With Your Family Members Using FamilyLink & Facebook

00 Family Gathering   Reconnect With Your Family Members Using FamilyLink & FacebookI never thought I’d ever meet my best elementary school friend again. We parted more than twenty years ago and I’ve never heard from him since. But then comes one of the wonders of the internet: Facebook, and everybody knows the rest of the story.

My story is not the only story. These “meeting with old friends” stories happen all the time along with the growth of social networking. It’s always nice to have the good old days visit us out of the blue once in a while.


And because blood is thicker than water, the event would be so much nicer if the ones who visit us are our long-lost family members, wouldn’t it? With the help of FamilyLink, that surprise where you reconnect with family could happen anytime soon.

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Familiar Faces In The Book

FamilyLink is a free web service that will “help you find and stay connected to your relatives“. FamilyLink integrates very well with Facebook. So well that people might think that it was built to complement Facebook.

And you know what, maybe it is. The logic is: instead of building a totally new social network, why not utilize the one that already exists?

As with any other web services out there, you have to register first before you can use them. Or you can login if you already have an account with the service.

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There are two kinds of login that you can use, the FamilyLink login or your Facebook login. If you already have a Facebook account (like almost everyone who uses the internet these days), you can just use that.

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In fact, if you’ve already logged into your Facebook account, you will be automatically logged into FamilyLink using your Facebook account.

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Finding & Adding Family Members

FamilyLink has a similar interface to Facebook. So if you’ve been around Facebook long enough, you’ll feel right at home.

There’s the “Notification & Request” pane on the right sidebar telling you the general status of your “family affairs”.

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And there’s the more detailed information below. You can easily click the “Add as Relative” button to change the “possible” status of your relatives to “confirmed”.

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When you click the button, the “Add Family Contact” window appears. Here’s the place where you confirm your relationship with this relative.

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You can add more relatives by specifying their names and email addresses, finding them using the address book in your email account(s), or adding them from your Facebook account.

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You can also bulk add your relatives by listing down their email addresses.

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Adding relatives using your friends list in Facebook is another quick way to add many relatives at once. You can go through the list one by one, or type the names to get quicker results.

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The people you choose will get a relative request from you.

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The process of adding relatives from the address book of your email account(s) is called “Magic Relative Finder“. FamilyLink will try to relate and match the names in your address book with the names of people already in your family list.

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Let The Tree Grow

Another unique feature from FamilyLink is the ability to create a family tree. Click the “Tree” link from the top bar to enter the tree area. Here you can drag and drop your relatives to their nearest family member, starting from your closest relatives.

For example you can drag your siblings, parents and spouse. Then you can continue connecting the dots by dragging other relatives related to them, such as your brother and sister in laws, uncles and aunts and so on.

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Every time you drag a relative to a name in the tree, FamilyLink will give you four options to add him/her: as a parent, as a spouse, as a child, or as a sibling.

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Click one of the options, then add their email to notify them of this addition. You can skip the “Add Email” step if you want to.

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Little by little, your tree will grow. My generation is the first in my family who are Internet and Facebook literate, so it’s a bit difficult to find the links to other relatives that I found as FamilyLink doesn’t give the option to add relatives as cousins.

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Keep In Touch & Stay Updated

After all the efforts of finding your long-lost relatives, you would want to reconnect with family and keep in touch with them. FamilyLink gives you the tools to do that. From asking questions to your family members, updating your family status, and monitoring the updates from your relatives.

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It’s similar to Facebook, but with the family touch.

What’s your opinion on keeping in touch with family members in the virtual world? Have you tried FamilyLink? Do you know other alternatives? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

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Araxhiel Khy

Another place to create an Family Tree is http://www.myheritage.es/ (I don’t remember if it has a .com domain), I don’t know if the site has connectivity with Facebook (I think not) but has a (kind of) PC client, where you can create your Family Tree and later upload to your account.

It also had a ‘Premium Version’ (for both: WebSite and PC Client) with (obviously) more features, but to begin the basic version is well.

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Araxhiel Khy

Another place to create an Family Tree is http://www.myheritage.es/ (I don’t remember if it has a .com domain), I don’t know if the site has connectivity with Facebook (I think not) but has a (kind of) PC client, where you can create your Family Tree and later upload to your account.

It also had a ‘Premium Version’ (for both: WebSite and PC Client) with (obviously) more features, but to begin the basic version is well.

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Allan

Jeffry,

Thanks for the in-depth review and glad you like the site. Drop me an email if you ever have any questions or feedback for us.

Best,
Allan
CTO, FamilyLink.com

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Allan

Jeffry,

Thanks for the in-depth review and glad you like the site. Drop me an email if you ever have any questions or feedback for us.

Best,
Allan
CTO, FamilyLink.com

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shri

have been on Geni.com for about 2 yrs now. Have hundreds of realatives there.. but I wish it had Facebook type interface where somebody comments and my reply comes right underneath it. In Geni, comments just come timewise, not in the context. Thats what I most dislike in an otherwise wonderful website.

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shri

have been on Geni.com for about 2 yrs now. Have hundreds of realatives there.. but I wish it had Facebook type interface where somebody comments and my reply comes right underneath it. In Geni, comments just come timewise, not in the context. Thats what I most dislike in an otherwise wonderful website.

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Guest

For other great free resources see http://familyforest.com/resources

You may already find someone you know here.

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Guest

For other great free resources see http://familyforest.com/resour

You may already find someone you know here.