Using is a free genealogy website providing worldwide source for learning, collaborating and sharing for the expert and novice alike on family trees. The site, (part of, but free) provides access to huge transcribed records from volunteer researchers, and contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories. The site’s WorldConnect Project contains more than 640 million ancestor names. Here individuals have submitted a GEDCOM file of their ancestral tree and information from all across the globe. You do not solely use anything found there as your main source, but rather as a jumping off point. Further research would be need to confirm what was listed.

rootsweb-messageWith over 198,000 different message boards, and some 25 million posts, this can be of great assistance. If you run into a brick wall on a specific relative, post a question or request assistance on that name or even something broader such as an occupation or hometown. Review the surname posts that date back 2 to 10 years could prove helpful. You never know what someone else might have that could help you.

Besides helpful advice such as the RootsWeb Guide to Tracing Family Trees, it boasts over 31,000 mailing lists, and the RootsWeb Surname List of more than 1.2 million surname entries. also hosts many major websites and sources of free data, such as: Cyndi’s List, USGenWeb Project, the Obituary Daily Times (an index to published obituaries), National Genealogical Society, FreeBMD (the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales); and RootsWeb is part of The Generations Network.

So have your family tree in front of you and take some time to try this resource of

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< Return To Blog Seeking information about James Thomas Heard and Rebecca Hadaway, parents of James Berry Heard born about 1814 . Were they in Georgia and if so what county?
Faye Heard Beazly 15/12/16

How do I use I used to get on the program but can not anymore
Carrie l Davis 15/12/16

Looking to find date Alan Moore was shot and killed in nj In between 1987/1991 Newark or williamsboro to obtain death certificate
Joseph Ranaldo 15/12/16

Just go to site/ You might need to register. Good to use.
alice 15/12/16

My complete family tree was on my computer from and now it's all Gone,wanting to know if you could help please
Virgil Cherry 15/12/16

Try again, there were problems with Rootsweb for sometime (a couple years) but in the last 4 months it has been corrected. Try again, see if you need to login. All of my family lineage was there.
alice 15/12/16

Check any newspapers from the area that covered the story. See about obituaries printed in the newspaper also.
alice 15/12/16

Hi looking for any one from the Moran familly
Carol deering 15/12/16

I have been gone for awhile,what happened to rootsweb,it was so easy and usefull,i loved it because it was free,being disabled and we are on very tight the site is hard to find anyone,is there a way to use the old version.
michael hill 15/12/16

Requesting any information on DAVID H. WOOD, possibly born in Panola County, Mississippi early 1800s (possibly 1820 to 1840). wIFE WAS Susan Patterson.
Bob Wood 15/12/16

Use (if do not have a subscription - try a free trial) - place 'David H. Wood' born 1816 and died 1867 you will find a descendant who posted information on David H. Wood - ancestors and descendants.
alice 15/12/16

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