Genealogy Search Hints

Genealogy sites have their own way of doing things. These pages can help you best search the sites. Each page provides hints along with a checklist of the website's search capabilities. See the Hints Pages in the menu at the leftnear the bottom of the page. The search hints pages start with and run through Social Security Death Index.

Note that the Active Searches page automatically creates optimum searches based on your ancestor data. Be sure to check out the Active Searches page.

The Search Hints pages also includes entries found in the following table for each of the sites. See the definition of terms for any questions on the meaning of the entries.

  free searches
  free viewing of pedigrees
  paid viewing
  free downloads of pedigrees
  paid downloads
  contact information for submitter
  ability to see all the names submitted by a particular researcher
  ability to restrict searches to updates since a specific time
  searches with spouse's name
  searches with parent's names
  searches by place of birth
  searches by place of marriage
  searches by place of death
  searches by country
  searches by state, province, or political subdivision
  searches by date
  ability to specify date ranges for searching
  searches by exact spelling of name
  searches by metaphone
  searches by soundex
  ability to automatically find possible matches in your ancestry