MyTrees.com (formely Kindred Konnections) has an excellent search capability, but you must be a member to view family trees. Nevertheless, the search results are quite detailed. They should allow you to easily determine if membership is worthwhile.
One feature of MyTrees.com is the ability to search by a range of dates. This is a great way to zero in on the ancestors of interest.
Your best bet is to search first on the ancestor's and the spouse's name. If the spouse is female, just use her first name. Quite a few researchers omit the maiden name. So it is best to not try to find it. If you get too many responses this way, add the father's name of the ancestor. If you get too few responses, omit the spouse's name and use only the father's name with the ancestor's name.
See the definition of terms for any questions on the meaning of the entries.
|free viewing of pedigrees|
|free downloads of pedigrees|
|x||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|
|x||searches with spouse's name|
|x||searches with parent's names|
|x||searches by place of birth|
|x||searches by place of marriage|
|x||searches by place of death|
|x||searches by country|
|x||searches by state, province, or political subdivision|
|x||searches by date|
|x||ability to specify date ranges for searching|
|x||searches by exact spelling of name|
|searches by metaphone|
|searches by soundex|
|*||ability to automatically find possible matches in your ancestry|
* If you submit your family tree to this website.