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Nine Free Genealogy Search Engines

Research family history, find an ancestor, and search for family surnames


Genealogy searches are some of the most popular activities online. Here are nine genealogy search engines that you can use to find public records, uncover information, and track down family members.

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1. Google

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Using Google as part of your genealogy search is a smart choice, especially since you can use Google's vast array of search tools to complement using Google's main search services (see Twenty Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Google).

2. ZoomInfo

ZoomInfo takes searching for people on the Web to a whole new level by using a combination of various technologies to crawl the Web, bringing back results from Web sites, press releases, electronic news services, SEC filings, and more.

3. Zabasearch

Zabasearch is a free people search engine that scours freely accessible public information and records. Genealogy searchers can use Zabasearch to find links to people who are currently living who can then help them trace their lineage further back.

4. FamilySearch

FamilySearch is primarily a genealogy tracker, which makes it an invaluable people search tool as well. Type in as much information as you know, and FamilySearch will bring back birth and death records, parental information, and more.

5. American FactFinder

The American FactFinder offers population, housing, economic, and geographic data for any community in the United States. You can use this database to dig up information on your person's community, schools, and other demographics, which can aid in your genealogy searches.

6. MyDanwei

MyDanwei specializes in organizing corporate-related information on both companies and people. Type in a name, and you'll get detailed background information such as salary, past positions they might have held, who they report to, and who they work for.Their information goes back about two decades, but it can give you a good start on your genealogy search.

7. Library of Congress

The Library of Congress hosts the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. These collections are publicly accessible, providing a goldmine of genealogy search resources.

8. USA.gov

FirstGov.gov is a search engine/portal that gives the searcher direct access to searchable information from the United States government, state governments, and local governments. Every agency that handles public records in the United States can be found somewhere in this huge database, which makes it a great jumping off point for genealogy searchers.

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