Tuesday, May 9, 2006
Have you looked at the Genealogy Sleuth?
One of the web sites that I visit regularly is the Genealogy Sleuth page run by ProGenealogists in Utah.
The page has many links to vital records, the USGenWeb state sites, online databases, military, census, immigration, naturalization, newspapers, cemeteries, etc. links. One feature I really like is the green $ notice that the link goes to a paid site, and the red X notice that they will provide this information to you for a fee. This saves me a lot of time, since I get a tad frustrated when every link I seem to click on goes to Ancestry.
There are other collections of links here, some that are general information in nature, such as place names, maps, finding living people, etc.
One set that I use occasionally is the "Finding Living People" links that lead you to telephone number or address searches. These work for free if the number is listed, and some, like zabasearch, will give you an address if the number is unlisted. Some have reverse directories where you can input a phone number or an address and get a name.
Of course, nearly all of the "free" services lead you eventually to a paid search service, with any number of databases that can be searched for a fee. The best use of these paid services is if you are in a hurry to find a number of people - some services allow a 24 hour or one week or one month subscription period. One of my friends used a one month subscription for about $20 to find many people for a school reunion. Or you may want to see what the records say about you...what can a private detective find?
Do you have another web site for these services? Tell me!