|Finding Your Ancestors on the Internet|
|Genealogy Specific Directories|
A good way to begin looking for family history Web pages is to start with genealogically specific directories and search engines. While these will by no means encompass every family history site on the Internet, they do provide an easy way to weed out sites which do not contain genealogy related information.
Genealogy Directory at
One advantage to using this type of genealogy directory is that the Web sites which are included have been organized and compiled by a human, not a computer. A real person has reviewed these sites and found them useful. What some consider to be a disadvantage of directories, however, is that they do not include all Web sites on a specific topic. So if you are looking for every last Web page on the Internet which relates to your surname, a genealogy directory will not provide you with what you want. A second disadvantage of directories is that the definition of "useful" used by the compiler of the directory may differ from yours. They are, however, an excellent place to go when you don't have a specific surname or site in mind and want to discover and explore the many great Web sites available for genealogists. Choose a subject of interest, click on a link, and you are off!
In addition to the Genealogy Directory at About, some other excellent genealogy directories which you may want to try include:
There are times, however, when a directory just isn't going to contain the
information that you are searching for. This is especially true in the case of
surname specific Web pages. While genealogy directories will often list family
Web pages, they don't even come close to listing them all. This is where search
engines step up to bat.
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