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Links to popular search engines or databases are provided for your convenience.

Search Engines

~ Google Search Engine Tutorial - a free interactive search tutorial by Deb Flanagan that some of you may find helpful. The tutorial will teach you techniques for using Google and subject directories effectively.

~ All The Web Search Engine - search for your family surname or any other subject. A very fast search engine.

~ Google - very fast, not encumbered by advertisements and extra stuff



~ Ancestry - shortcuts to databases on You must be a paid member to access those databases marked [subscriber database]

~ Ellis Island - search for your ancestor from passenger lists beginning in 1892-1920s.

~ Family Tree Searcher - a web site by Doug Barry where you can enter your ancestor data just once to search for family trees at multiple web sites

~ Rootsweb/Ancestry Message boards - search by surname or location from this network of "bulletin boards": Queries, Obituaries, Biographies, Wills, Pensions, Bible Records, and Deeds. Add your own information to make a connection.

~ GenForum - another database of queries searchable by surname or location.

~ LDS Family Search - Search the LDS records online.

~ RootsWeb GenSeeker - a search engine that accesses sites at RootsWeb and many genealogical sites elsewhere on the Web. The amount of material accessed by GenSeeker is huge and will grow quickly as this search engine indexes an ever-increasing number of Web sites. Try GenSeeker often to find new items of interest. GenSeeker is a good example of your contributions at work to make free genealogical data accessible on the Web.

~ Social Security Death Index (SSDI). - Access the most recent version of the SSDI at RootsWeb. AND now you can use POST-EMs to attach a message to any of the records in the SSDI at RootsWeb. You might leave a note so other researchers can find you, provide background information on an individual, or note a correction to a record. POST-EMs were developed by RootsWeb's own Randy Winch and are a RootsWeb exclusive.

~ WorldConnect Project - Search the names of millions of people for your ancestor or upload your own GEDCOM to this fast growing database. You can also leave Post-ems to records in this database.




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