Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Finding Someone In Mexico - Are Genealogy Sites The Right Place to Look?

Who is this person you are trying to find? Could they be a relative or a parent? Possibly a friend or maybe someone they met on vacation? You may be looking for this person because you want to learn about your Mexico family history or maybe because you are into family genealogy. You may be searching for medical reasons. We are hearing more and more how our relatives can affect us physically, how our genetics affect us. Many people now want to know all about their family’s health history so they will know what diseases or medical problems they may face as they get older or so that they can provide this family history to their doctor. Family medical history is rapidly becoming an important reason for people wanting to learn about their relatives.

Most people looking for someone in another country or looking for someone in their family think about genealogy first. Genealogy is a study of our family and our relatives. But here is the catch; most of the time genealogy deals with people who are deceased such as our great grandparents or people who came to the country hundreds of years ago.

Here is a quick example. Let’s say someone wants to do genealogy research on their Mexican Family History, but they do not know who their father, uncle, or current relatives are. It could be very challenging to discover more about their family history until they find out more about their living relatives.

If someone has been looking at genealogy sites, they are probably looking in the wrong place. Genealogy sites are there mainly with information to help users find people who are deceased. For privacy reasons, the majority of genealogy societies worldwide are prohibited from putting personal information online until that person has been deceased at least 71 years. If someone is trying to find a person who is living, then genealogy sites might help but only if they know who their great-great-grandparents were. Then the person has to work forward from there.

In most cases, this is not what people are looking for. What they want to do is find someone who is alive today and living in Mexico. They want or need to find their living relative. They may want to find a friend. This is the point where people want and need help finding someone living in Mexico.

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Richard Villasana
The Mexico Guru
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