Search Hints

At, your best bet is to search using as much information as you have. If you get too few responses this way, first remove the mother's last name. Her name is the one most likely to be entered incorrectly in a family tree. the father's name of the ancestor. If you still get too few responses, omit the spouse's name and use only the father's name with the ancestor's name.

How to Search for Family Trees

  • Best Way to Search: Go to Active Searches for easier searching. At the Active Searches page, you need only to enter your ancestor data once to search all the websites. Active Searches is a free service that creates the optimal searches for your ancestor data.
  • Manually search yourself. This will open a new window so you can refer back to the search hints above. Website Capabilities

See the definition of terms for any questions on the meaning of the entries.

x free searches
x free viewing of pedigrees
  paid viewing
  free downloads of pedigrees
  paid downloads
x contact information for submitter
x 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
x searches by place of birth
  searches by place of marriage
x searches by place of death
x searches by country
  searches by state, province, or political subdivision
x searches by date
  ability to specify date ranges for searching
x searches by exact spelling of name
x searches by metaphone
  searches by soundex
* ability to automatically find possible matches in your ancestry

* If you submit your family tree to this website.