Friday, December 29, 2006

Genealogy database lookups

I've been on the mailing list for the Free Genealogy Lookups site (also known as for quite a while now, and have not really used it much. But it has some good features.

They offer a selection of free databases each day. However, you don't get to browse the database - you have to submit a query to a specific database, give them an email address, and they tell you what they find. The response time is usually a day or two.

For a list of the databases available, see . These appear to be databases on specific commercial CD-ROMs. There are birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, military records, ship passenger lists, state records and land records on the list.

If you have just one or two surnames in a given state, this may be the most economical way to determine if there is any data on the surname in a given database - it's free! If you find a gold mine of data, then you could either buy the CD or try to find it at a local library (e.g., the San Diego FHC has a fine collection of commercial CDs).

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