Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Finding relatives via the internet

The following is from - better late than never!

Hamburg, August 18, 2009 – The social network for families,, features more than 90 million profiles from around the world and is one of the largest communities of families worldwide. dynastree now introduces a new search function which automatically scans searches for potential relatives, and automatically notifies the user about matching profiles.

dynastree's large, international database is steadily expanded and makes finding family members via the internet easier than ever before. "A person's knowledge about relationships within the family and the family's history is limited. dynastree's new hinting function automatically notifies you when potential relatives are found, a great service. I have discovered a branch of my family in Germany that I had no idea about" says 64-year old James Gersheimer from Kane County (IL).

A further expansion of one's tree becomes possible throught the new merging function, which lets users combine existing family trees. IF a user finds new family members with a tree of their own via the hinting function, both trees can be merged into a larger, common tree. Daniel Grözinger, co-founder of dynastree, explains: "This has always been our vision: to connect the world based on user-generated content. Family trees can now be merged into one big common tree with just one click, and one meets a lot of new relatives at one dash".

Sven Schmidt, the second founder of dynastree, adds: "With dynastree, we would also like to show the elder generation which opportunities the internet opens. A mere ten years ago, it would have been unimagineable to explore one's family's history so easily". The new features allow families from all around the world to connect and stay in touch, regardless of national or language boundaries. The number of families that have created their family tree at dynastree will reach 10 million during the next weeks, and the growth will continue.

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According to experts, and its international language versions have been among the fastest growing social networks worldwide in the last two years. By now, more than nine million families have created their tree at, and more than 15.000 new family trees are added each day. The venture capital corporations Neuhaus Partners and Hasso Plattner (co-founder of SAP) Ventures recognized the young start-up’s potential early and support as investors. was founded by the experienced internet entrepreneurs Daniel Grözinger and Sven Schmidt. They have already founded and maintained several internet projects since studying together, such as (an online ticketing service), and the FIFA Soccer World Cup Ticketing Center (responsible for managing the ticketing for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany in 2006).

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