Genealogy Hacks: Ellis Island
5/1/2007
Do your online ancestor searches feel like exercises in futility? Use our tricks to crack this top genealogy Web site.

Admit it. You return again and again to the popular genealogy Web sites - FamilySearch, USGenWeb, RootsWeb and others - looking for clues about your ancestors. If you're repeating the same searches but not finding much, it's time to give your technique an overhaul.

We've taken a fresh look at seven familiar sites, examined their search options, and even figured out how to use Google <google.com> to probe them more efficiently. So get out of that rut - and finally find your ancestors - with these “hacks” for effectively mining the Internet's most-frequented family history stops.