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The Internet is a great place to begin your genealogy research. However, with so many commercial resources, personal web sites and other sources, it's often difficult to know where to start. And while using traditional search engines such as Yahoo! will get many results, they will also give you a lot of information that isn't genealogy-specific. It can take a long time to wade through the useless information for that one gem.

Family Finder screen

The Family Finder on Genealogy.com can help you with this problem. It searches the following sources:

  • Genealogy Web pages all across the Internet
  • Genealogy.com's Family Archive Collection (both CDs and Online Data Collections)
  • GenForum message boards
  • Social Security Death Index
  • Virtual Cemetery
  • Genealogy Library
  • Civil War databases

All of these sources have specific interest to genealogists, so your likelihood of finding something useful is greatly increased over traditional search engines.

Search iconUsing the Family Finder is also very easy. To get to it, you only have to fill in the search box on the left side of almost any Genealogy.com page, or you can click Search in the navigation bar at the top of the page. When you do, the screen shown above will appear. Simply enter the name of the ancestor you'd like to search for, and click the Go! button.

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