I wonder if a share register really holds all the names of the share holders. What I mean is if even the people who only own a few shares of for instance a billion dollar company would be registered. I know many of my relatives own some shares in various companies, they do that as an alternative to saving money in the bank which doesn't give much profit at the moment. So getting my eyes on a share register could lead to find some relatives who I didn't see for a long time, which would be nice. However I wonder if privacy regulations would allow me to see the register, even if I am a shareholder myself. In fact, this could also be used for commercial reasons, which may not be appreciated by all shareholders. I guess I'll stick to the old fashioned way of finding my relatives.