Posted By:Henry Wheeler
Subject:Re: Just got PAF 5 / thanks Henry
Post Date:June 03, 2001 at 07:17:49
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Forum:Personal Ancestral File Forum
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Hello Bridget,

A cousin got me started in computer genealogy, then I took the plunge and tried the internet in 1999. When the LDS site came on line (you can use cut and paste to save the long addresses), it put a location to the names and dates I had.

If you go to USGENWEB map: you can click on the states and then look for a list of counties and click on the county you need. Some counties have more information than others, but still a great resource with people that want to help.

And several have datatbases where people have contributed their trees. , , (click on "Access the index a couple of times and you can get where you can put in a surname)
, (click on "search" in the picture at the top and scroll down to a box where you can search by "key words") , ,

Then there are great sites to find information: Some birthdays are at: , you can search the Social Security Death Index by any category, first name, last name, birth date, death date, residence etc. at: , heres a dandy little place to see what county that town is in: , then if any ancestors bought land in the midwest you could try the Bureau of Land Management Site: click on "Search Land Patents" on the left side. I found several in Missouri and Arkansas.

Be sure and experiment with postings on GenForum, I found cousins in Ireland a while back through the Irleand forum. And go to and experiment with the tab that says "mailing lists" I wish I had when starting out! There are lists for surnames, places, computer software, most anything you can think of. You can subscribe, be careful though, you may start to get a zillion e-mails right off the bat, or at the bootom of the subscribe page for each list, there is a "search" feature and a "Browse" feature where you can read the messages without subscribing.

So there are lots of places to search for free. Pennsylvania is the best for death certificates, open records, only $3.00 so far and it doesn't take too long!