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charcoal
Charcoal  (Level: 177.8 - Posts: 52)
Sat, 5th Apr '08 2:44 PM

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FREE SITES FOR SEARCHING?

I use familysearch.org
rootsweb.com
and because a lot of my ancestors are from the midwest I use the MN death index and birth index because they have them online for large periods of time.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 202.2 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 6th Apr '08 10:51 AM

I love the ancestry.com site and do the free trial thing from time to time. I've also had a paid membership in the past for 6 months. I can't believe the records there are online now. If you can't find a record today, wait six months because data bases( US census records etc) are constantly being updated and there is a good chance you will find what you are looking for sooner or later.

I also love the message boards at RootsWeb. It's a good way to research and it's free. Genealogy.com and ancestry.com have message boards as well, I believe those are free too.

At the moment my research is focused on England, primarily the Sparrow family Tuddenham, Suffolk.

I signed up for a site recently that looks good for UK searches called Findmypast.com but haven't delved in just yet.

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 1st May '08 10:17 PM

I visit the local library because they have some of the subscriptions services available for free.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Tue, 6th May '08 1:10 PM

I "inherited" a box of old photos when my aunt died. (an aunt by marriage) all of the family is gone so no help on identifying the photos. For the most part, that's OK. However, I have one photo (maybe a 9x12) of a very refined-looking lady from probably the 1920s, a hand-colored photo. I have the name of the photographer on the photo but nothing else to help identify her.

Any ideas where I might post her photo or how to offer this photo to any relatives of hers? I don't want it to just go to anyone who might like old photos but would also like to know who she is, just out of curiosity.

achad
Achad  (Level: 204.6 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 7:08 AM

For UK research try www.thegenealogist.co.uk
It has births, deaths and marriages and census returns plus lots more.
Also try www.freebmd.org.uk
The furthest back I have managed is 1470 for my 12g-grandfather!
I've got two links in the USA: A great uncle and his family moved to Fall River City, Bristol County, Massachusetts in the early 1900's and one of my dad's cousins married a US serviceman and moved to Galesberg, Illinois.
If anyone wants help with UK research let me know.
Andy.

wkaywil
Wkaywil  (Level: 91.0 - Posts: 3)
Sun, 29th Jun '08 1:22 PM

My favorite free site is www.familysearch.org. This site is managed be the Church of Latter Day Saints(Mormons) It is very easy to search. I also like GENWEB. It is divided by states, and then counties, so if you want to search for an ancestor in one state but don't know exactly where, this site is great. It has alot of history too. There are also alot of leads on cemeteries at this site, AND ALL FOR FREE!

davidf
Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Wed, 2nd Jul '08 7:28 PM

I use ancestry.com and the igi records


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