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ith more than 14 billion pages on the Web as this guide is being created, every genealogist and family historian needs superior search tools to avoid being swamped in irrelevant results. They need help pinpointing their family members in this wealth of online information -- and to get Internet results quickly and easily. This is a guide to genealogy and family history search tools as well as to advice on using search engines such as Google and other online search strategies successfully  -- with an emphasis on free resources.

Note: Our blog, Relative Musings, has helpful genealogy resources. An index of these topics is available. This augments our Genealogy Resources guide to recommended online research resources and our Brickwall Genealogy page. And follow us on Twitter for genealogy updates and tips.

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Finding Your
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500 Brickwall
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More Brickwall
Solutions to
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The Family Tree
Problem Solver: Proven Methods
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Genealogy Search Engines     [ Top ]

Family Tree Search Engine from GenealogyInTime lets you search 3.8 billion online records from family trees, genealogy forums and more -- free

Genealogy Search Engine from GenealogyInTime lets you search 2.2 billion ancestral records -- free

Genealogy Search Engines on Cyndi's List

9 Free Genealogy Search Engines at

Genealogy Databases     [ Top ]

FamilySearch: Search billions of names in births, marriage, death, census, IGI and more -- free

Ellis Island: Search for immigrant ancestors -- free

FindaGrave: Search millions of memorials and find cemeteries, famous graves, more  -- free

FreeBMD: Search more than 228 million births, marriages and deaths in the UK starting in 1837. More info.

FreeREG: Search more than 4 million entries from UK parish registers. More info.

FreeCen: Search UK census records for 1841-1891, noting transcription still underway [More info]

Genealogy Databases listed on Wikipedia

RootsWeb: Search millions of names in family trees, plus surname entries, mailing list postings, more -- free

SSDI: Search the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) in One Step, from Stephen P. Morse -- free

USGenWeb Archives: Use state-specific search engines for archives of postings -- free

Google for Genealogy     [ Top ]

Google Books: Use this search to find ancestors in online genealogy books, local histories and more

Google Genealogy Style: 25 search tips to get more from your Google searches for your ancestors

Google Search Tips for Genealogists, including search strategies, use of Google Books, from FamilySearch

Google Your Family Tree: tips, search boxes

Googling for Grandma: resources from Cyndi's List

Free Genealogy Help for Google: Use this site's brief, temporary family tree to search Google for ancestors.

Genealogy Search Sources     [ Top ]

Ancestry Hunt: Guide to genealogy and family history search engines and resources

Cyndi's List: Large, well known guide to genealogy and family history resources

GenForum: Search inside forums by surnames and locations to find queries, answers on ancestors

Open Library and more from with more than 1 million books fully online

Articles on Genealogy Searches

Guide to Performing Genealogy Searches: tips from GenealogyInTime magazine

Why You Can't Find Them:  name changes and misspellings, with many examples and strategies to get around this difficult dead end

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Netting Your Ancestors:
on the Internet


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The Sleuth Book for Genealogists: Strategies for More Successful
Family History Research


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Smart Family History:
New Ideas for Maximising
Your Research


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RootsMagic Family
Tree Genealogy


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The Hidden Half of

the Family: A Sourcebook
for Women's Genealogy


Our Genealogy

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Genealogist's Guide
to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies

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Tracking Down
Your Ancestors

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Organizing Your
Family History

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The Unpuzzling Your

Past Workbook:
Essential Forms and
Letters for All Genealogists

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Genealogists Question and Answer Book: Solutions and Advice for Maximizing Your Research Results


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The Census Book:

A Genealogist's Guide
to Federal Census Facts, Schedules
and Indexes

Genealogy Products     [ Top ]

Visit our Genealogy Shop for family history and genealogy books, software and other products today. Check out the sections for German genealogy, Irish genealogy and much more.

Special Resources & Ideas     [ Top ]

Brick Wall Mailing List: Join this is a forum where you can post brickwalls, those elusive ancestors that you can find nothing on. And find new solutions.

Afri-Geneas Brick Wall Forum: for advanced genealogy researchers to post brick wall problems and documentation

Discrepancy Charts: organize conflicting data in chart form to better see inconsistencies and determine what further research to do

Rootsweb Surname List: post your surname and find others researching your name

Keep an Eye on eBay for potential books or Bibles for your family or surname

Avoid Genealogy Burnout due to the frustration of brick wall problems and use these strategies to get re-energized and continue the hunt.

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Finding Your Family
on the Internet: The Ultimate Guide

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Planting Your Family Tree
Online: How to Create
Your OwnFamily History
Web Site

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The Complete Idiot's
Guide to Online

Genealogy, 2nd Edition


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The Researcher's
Guide to American
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Printed Sources: A Guide to Published Genealogical Records

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Family History 101:
A Beginner's Guide to
Finding Your Ancestors

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Courthouse Research

for Family Historians:
Your Guide to
Genealogical Treasures

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Everything Family Tree
Book: Research and
Preserve Your
Family History

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The Hidden Half of

the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy


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Family Research Tips & Tools including an index to our growing series of Finding Family for Free segments

Genealogy Resources: links to many of the most helpful online resources for family history research, many available free, and including a section on getting started in genealogy

Relative Musings:  our blog on genealogy and family history research, including the growing number of Finding Family for Free entries. index to our blog.

GenealogyWise Groups: expand your genealogy searches with colleagues

Special Interest Resources:   New Holstein, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Wisconsin Genealogy, Canton Glarus, Simmental, Switzerland and
more in Family History Resources

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The Census Book:

A Genealogist's Guide
to Federal Census Facts, Schedules
and Indexes

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Your Guide to the Federal
Census: For Genealogists,
Researchers, and
Family Historians

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First Steps in Genealogy:

A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your
Family History

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Genealogy 101:
How to Trace Your
Family's History
and Heritage

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How to Do Everything
with Your Genealogy

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They Became Americans:
Finding Naturalization Records
and Ethnic Origins

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They Came To
America: Finding Your
Immigrant Ancestors

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Finding Your German Ancestors : A

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