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               Searching for Genealogy

                             

 

            

 

Genealogical Search Engines

 

You may have used genealogy directories to search for you ancestors; there are also genealogy-specific search engines. 

They work in the same way as the regular search engines, on genealogical sites.  This will eliminate the non-genealogy sites 

that would normally come up in your search results because something on one of the pages matches your search criteria.

Genealogy-specific search engines allow you to look for only 

those sites which pertain to genealogy and family history. 

Keep in mind that  when you use genealogy-specific search engines, you will not need to use words like "genealogy" in 

your search terms.  These sites, by their very nature, are 

about genealogy, and using such words as search terms will 

not help to focus your results.  Several good 

genealogy-specific search engines are:

 

 

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Ancestry Search - Ancestry includes a library of databases (some free, some available by subscription), a "links station" to 3200 other genealogy sites, a genealogy shop, and access to GEDCOM files.

 

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DejaNews - the largest archive on the Net, which includes Usenet newsgroups and other popular forums

 

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Genealogy Portal - Search Genealogy Sites on the Web.

 

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Genealogy Toolbox - Helm's Genealogy Toolbox consists of seven sites designed to provide the tools necessary for genealogists to use the Internet to discover their family's history.

 

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GenSearcher  - the All-in-One Genealogy Search Page which offers convenient, one-stop, on-line research with genealogy search engines, surnames databases and indexes from the best resources on the internet. Browse through the 12 pages of search engines.

 

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Family Finder - Search Web Sites, Family Archives, Online data, Social Security Death Index, family trees of royalty, politicians.

 

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FEEFHS - Federation of East European Family History Societies. Internet Search Engines that Can Find Genealogy Stuff.

 

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I Found It! - This genealogy web search has been a free resource to the Internet Genealogy Community since it's inception in 1996. While visiting the Gensource pages, be sure to make use of all the

free resources offered for genealogy research, including Common Threads and I Found It! Archives

 

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Nedgen.netsystem - NedGen indexes your

family tree and genealogy sites in France, 

Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, 

Belgium, Norway and Passenger lists.

 

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Rootsweb Genealogy Search Engines

This page has links to all the Rootsweb search

pages.

 
Standard Search Engines

 

These search engines are all excellent reference tools for finding family history  Web pages, but they are only as good as the pages that are submitted to them. For each Web site which they contain, there are many, many more genealogy-related pages that they do not have indexed.  So how do you find those 

pages? This is where learning to use the standard search engines effectively comes in.  Go to different Search Engines and read the help section and learn how that particular search engine wants you to submit your search.

 

Here are a few good Search Engines but there are many more out there.

 

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Google
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MSN
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AltaVista
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Mamma
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WebCrawler

 

 

Mailing Lists

   

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What is a Mailing List and ListServe? - This will explain about Mailing List and ListServes.

 

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Genealogy Resources - This is John Filler's page on mailing lists. The mailing lists on this site are divided into five categories. 

 

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Listserv.Northwest.com-U.S. country Lists - At this site you can subscribe to genealogy mailing list for any county in the U.S.

 

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RootsWeb's - A complete index to RootsWeb's
20,784 genealogy mailing lists!

   

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Roots-L - ROOTS-L is a mailing list for people who are interested in any or all aspects of genealogy, anywhere in the world. We're the original Internet genealogical mailing list, and the largest. But that doesn't mean we're not interested in new faces, new queries, new knowledge

   

 

Message Board

  

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RootsWeb Message Boards

 

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RootsWeb Surname Message Boards

 

 

Newsgroups

  

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What is Usenet Newsgroups?  - This will explain about Usenet Newsgroup.

 

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USENET NEWSGROUPS - many of these newsgroups have gateway mailing lists (postings to the newsgroup are also sent to the mailing list subscribers and vice versa) which provides an alternative means of accessing the newsgroup postings.

 

 

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