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Have You Tried LostCousins.com?


This website is primarily Anglophone, primarily British, using exclusively nineteenth and twentieth century census returns...and yet.....

The premise is interesting: to enter into the website's database as many families as possible to which you are related that appear in the following censuses:

  • 1841 - England and Wales
  • 1881 - England and Wales
  • 1881 - Scotland
  • 1881 - Canada
  • 1880 - United States
  • 1911 - England and Wales
  • 1911 - Ireland

The website will match and put in touch with one another those members researching the same families, et voilà - cousins! 

We have been contacted many times by people seeking long lost French cousins. It is unlikely that Lost Cousins will put you in contact with cousins in France, but it may put you in touch with others researching a French ancestor who appears in one of the above censuses. This, in turn, could lead to sharing information with said cousins, to the breaking down of brick walls and - at last - to a French cousin or two.

Have any of you, Dear Reader, tried this? Have you found cousins? Have you found French cousins? We are curious to know.

©2016 Anne Morddel

French Genealogy