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Family Finder
First Name:
Step 2: Search for Ancestors Step 1 | Step 3

One thing about studying your family history — no matter how many names you have, there are still others to discover — and that's where our powerful search tools can help. For best results, you will want to search from your family tree.

Search for ancestors

Already Created a Tree in Step 1?
You're all set to search! Return to your tree and then from the Search menu, select Family Group Search.

Haven't Created a Tree Yet?
Take a few moments to create a small tree. Once you've entered a few names and dates, then from the Search menu, select Family Group Search. The results will be worth it!

More About Searches

What to Expect from Your Search
After we scour the Internet and our data collections for information that's likely to be relevant to your family, we'll send you a prioritized list of matches. In some cases, the matching data is free, and in other cases you must purchase access. What you can learn from matching data varies widely, from family names to dates and locations of important family events. With this time-saving list of matches, you can easily select avenues for further exploration and then use the information to build your family tree. See sample search results.

Let Our Search Agents Do the Work for You
Based on your search information, our search agent can continue to comb the Internet for more of your ancestors even after you've logged off. When it finds new information, you'll be notified by e-mail. It's fast and easy!

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