Working the Web
1/1/2004
You can find online ancestor answers quickly and easily — if you know how to search smart. Employ these 10 surefire strategies for surfing success.

Searching the Internet for your family history brings to mind that line about water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink: You find yourself swimming in data, but unable to quench your thirst for clues. Do your Internet searches produce either no matches at all or a million and one hits that don't answer your question? The missing links in your family tree could be hiding somewhere in the ocean of Internet info — but finding the facts you need requires a methodical approach. These 10 Internet search strategies, both general and specific, will put your online genealogical research on the right track to results.

1. Try several search sites.