Not everyone knows their family's medical history but that can be crucial information.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
FamilyTree.us.org will now include death records information as part of their genealogical search package, company officials said yesterday.
“In general, people come to us when they want to build up their family tree,” a company representative said. “But some of our customers have indicated they want more practical information, including medical data. This is why we have chosen to include public death records as part of our package.”
The public death records will indicate when the individual died, as well as cause of death if stated on the death certificate, the company said.
“Not everyone knows their family's medical history,” the representative said. “But that can be crucial information. Knowing if you are genetically at risk for heart attack or stroke can help you make more informed lifestyle decisions.”
The death records can also be useful for people who are thinking about getting married and having children, the company said.
“Imagine you are thinking about a lifetime commitment to your partner,” the representative said. “Wouldn't you want to know if there were any patters of genetic illnesses in their family before you decided to have children? Don't you want to know if you and your partner share a dangerous recessive gene?”
The company will not charge an additional fee for the new information.
“These records are public, and we believe our customers have the right to this public information,” the representative said. “We won't charge them more just because they want to make informed choices with their lives.”
A family tree can help any number of relatives put together their past history. At FamilyTree.us.org this database helps people organize their relations and begin the building process from root to leaf with one simple name and location search.