New York - Jan. 20, 2009. Searching one’s family roots can have surprising results. For example, America’s new president Barack Obama and actor Brad Pitt are ninth cousins. The mightiest man in the world is not the only VIP with a special familial relationship. In recent times, the connection between Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie and Victoria Beckham’s German roots have been reported on. The ex-Spice Girl is a Swabian! Her great-great-grandfather, Carl Heinrich Pfänder (1819-1876), comes from Heilbronn, Germany.
For the users of the family network dynastree (www.dynastree.com) it has become even easier to search for relatives all over the world and trace their potentially famous roots. Only 18 month after launch, more than 70 million entered persons can be found in the database.
By means of the simple search function, the data of more than 5 million family trees worldwide can be searched for relatives or friends in a matter of seconds. Especially the high popularity of the US platform leads to a large number of users from the States who have built or uploaded their family tree. Getting into contact is simple due to an easy-to-use messaging system so that famousness-factor and possible familial relationships can be researched directly.
Apart from the English site, the services are available in Germany (www.verwandt.de), in Poland (www.moikrewni.pl), Spain and South America (www.miparentela.com), Portugal (www.meusparentes.com.pt), Brazil (www.meusparentes.com.br), the Netherlands (www.verwant.nl), Italy (www.parentistretti.it) and France (www.familleunie.fr). The platform will continue expanding to other European countries as well as worldwide. dynastree is supported by leading Business Angels, Hasso Plattner Ventures and Neuhaus Partners, a well-known venture capitalist.