Thursday, August 25, 2011

BYU's Relative Finder Gets New Face-lift with Facebook App

BYU's computer science students Digital Roots project named "Relative Finder" (that worked with Ancestral File) has just seen a major update.  It has become a Facebook App that works with new FamilySearch's Family Trees.

Most other genealogical Facebook applications are based only on your living family and at best can connect you with third or fourth cousins. The Relative Finder app goes back an average of nine or ten generations because it connects to the genealogical information BYU obtained for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It can even show you your relationship to famous historical figures like the signers of the Declaration of the Independence, apostles and prophets from the early days of the restored church, American presidents and many more.

You will need a LDS Account or NFS login to use Relative Finder.  It took only seconds to discover I am related to seven U.S. Presidents.  It's a very neat application!

To read more about the project go to:
Students' prototype app finds relatives among your Mormon Facebook friends


Linda Culbertson said...

Can't seem to bring up any information on my Relative Finder in Facebook. Is it no longer available?

Renee Zamora said...

Even their main page is not coming up. Not sure what is happening.