FamilyBuilder offers genealogy research across social networks

At DemoFall, company shows off software that enables people to search major social networks to build family trees.

SAN DIEGO--FamilyBuilder demonstrated at DemoFall on Tuesday software that is letting people link together family tree information from Facebook and other social networks. They also offer a DNA test kit.

The company, which launched in June 2007, released the first version of its cross-network, cross-platform Web site that allows people to search across all the social networks.

FamilyBuilder allows people to do genealogy research and find and connect with family members via Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, Hi5, and Orkut. The service offers one place to manage all the information from across the networks.

The cheek-swab DNA test kit will be available in mid-October for $59.95.

The service has 4.2 million users, who have added more than 21 million family members, many between the ages of 20 and 35, the company said.

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