What Is Family Tree Now?

It's free, but is it legit?

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FamilyTreeNow.com is a free website with multiple people finder tools. You can search for anyone using just their first and last name, but there's also a family tree builder that helps you track and research your genealogy.

Performing a people search at FamilyTreeNow.com lets you find a variety of information on someone, such as associated names, possible relatives, age, possible associates, current and past addresses, phone numbers, and public family trees.

Is FamilyTreeNow.com Really Free?

The data you find on the FamilyTreeNow.com website is 100 percent free. There aren't any tricks you need to know or hidden fees to pay in order to find someone or build your family tree.

As long as you stay on FamilyTreeNow.com, you won't ever be asked to purchase anything.

Is Family Tree Now Accurate?

While FamilyTreeNow.com is completely free, another question you should ask is if the information it finds is worth your time. Is the data actually true and usable for contacting or verifying someone you find?

Family Tree Now finds information via public sources. Like most people search engines and other similar tools, this site simply provides a one-stop source for a variety of information that's already publicly available.

Because this is the way it works, it's important to know that FamilyTreeNow.com doesn't make any representations that information available via public records is accurate. Therefore, the data you find on this site should be fact-checked for accuracy. 

How Is FamilyTreeNow.com Different?

The most unique factor that sets FamilyTreeNow.com apart from other people search sites is the fact that all of the information here is available for free in one place, and registration isn't required.

Providing just a first and last name is enough to dig up information. The data it finds is publicly available if you’re willing to dig into other sites to search for it, but FamilyTreeNow.com takes it quite a few steps further by putting it all in one place for free.

The other major feature of FamilyTreeNow.com is the ability to make a family tree. Most people search sites let you find people but not really do much else with the information. With this site, you can build your own family tree using the records you find in a search.

Finding People With FamilyTreeNow.com

  1. Open the FamilyTreeNow.com Search Records page by selecting Search at the top of the website.

    FamilyTreeNow.com Search Records page
  2. Enter any information you can give, and then select Search.

    FamilyTreeNow.com search records fields

    Select add more criteria below the form to enable other search fields like the birth country, a relative's name, the country, and the date of the person's death.

  3. Select View Details next to the person you want more information on, or scroll down to the Filter Results area to filter them to show only data from census records, death records, living people, or public member trees.

    FamilyTreeNow.com search results and filtering options
  4. The next page includes all the information FamilyTreeNow.com includes on this person.

    FamilyTreeNow.com person profile

For more details on the person, scroll down their profile page to the TruePeopleSearch.com link, or scroll further to the View Full Background Report button to run the name search on PeopleFinders.com.

What's on FamilyTreeNow.com? 

A wide variety of information is used to help you locate someone with FamilyTreeNow.com, including but not limited to the following:

Census Records

This includes all information gathered in the U.S. Census surveys, including full name, age, birth year, birthplace, gender, marital status, census county, state, race, ethnicity, father’s birthplace, mother’s birthplace, residence, father’s name, mother’s name, and household members—including their full names, ages, and birth year.

Family Tree Now has records from 1790–1940. 

Birth & Death Records

Drawn directly from county vital records are birth records, of which this website has over 76 million records reaching as far back as 1905.

Death information is pulled from the U.S. Social Security Death Index and are useful for finding an ancestor who has passed away. Data includes the deceased's name, address, date of birth, and date of death. There are nearly 100 million death records from as long ago as 1936.

Living People Information

FamilyTreeNow.com claims to have the most in-depth records of living people, with over 1 billion gathered from hundreds of sources and stretching back 40 years.

Living people records help you locate current and past addresses, aliases, known relatives, and phone numbers.

Public Member Trees

This is information that other FamilyTreeNow.com members are compiling on you or the person that you're looking for. This could especially come in handy if you're putting together a genealogy project. There's a page for all public family trees at Family Tree Now.

You can make a free account at FamilyTreeNow.com if you want to make your own family tree or if you want to add someone you find to your family tree, but an account isn't necessary to run a search.

Something to remember about the family trees at FamilyTreeNow.com is that the owner of the tree can choose a specific privacy level:

  • Public with hidden living people details: All information for deceased individuals will be kept public. All information except for last name and first initial will be made private for all minors. For living non-minors, full date of birth, bio, and any media (photos, etc.) are private. "Private" means that only the person who created the family tree and the people it’s shared with can view the private content.
  • Private: Everything in this tree is private including all records, media, profiles, and everything else. This setting means only the person who created the tree and the people it’s shared with can view it.
  • Public with nothing hidden: All information is public. 

Marriage & Divorce Records

Searching for someone on FamilyTreeNow.com can leverage the site's marriage and divorce records, which could include the names of the bride and groom, their ages, the marriage date, the state and country the marriage took place, the certificate number, volume number, and more.

Family Tree Now has over 28 million marriage records from 1820 to present day, and over 6 million divorce records dating back to 1968.

World War II Records

If the person you are searching for served in World War II, you’ll be able to find that information here, too. Military records include full name, birth date, and enlistment date, plus their residence at the time of enlistment, race, marital status, education level, their military serial number, term of enlistment, branch code, and what grade of the military they were (private, specialist, major, etc.).

This information is publicly available from U.S. government military records. 

FamilyTreeNow.com Opt Out Instructions

You can request that your information be removed from the FamilyTreeNow.com website by visiting the Opt Out of Records page.

There seem to be mixed reports on how successful the removal/opt-out process at FamilyTreeNow.com really is, with some readers reporting that their issues were taken care of in 48 hours or less, and others receiving errors that said their requests couldn't be processed. 

Opting out doesn't mean that your information will be removed elsewhere on other people finder sites. In fact, if your information ever changes (address, last name, etc.), FamilyTreeNow.com might make another entry on you even if you delete it now. This is because it will register as new public information.

Other Ways to Protect Yourself Online

If you’re concerned about how much information you’ve found about yourself on FamilyTreeNow.com, you'll want to make sure that your information is safe on the web.

Learn how to browse the web anonymously and how to protect your privacy online. If you've already found your information on various other people finder sites, too, learn how to remove your personal details from those websites.