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April 2019 - Marilyn Mendenhall Waugh, MA; Topeka, KS
Important: Check with your local public library to determine which
databases they offer, both on site and with remote access.
If searching for married name changed from maiden name:
www.ancestry.com very popular site and most public libraries have a subscription that is free to use for patrons with library card. Take your laptop to the library if possible.
http://www.newsbank.com/genealogists/product.cfm?product=217 I access through my local library subscription online and connect through my computer at home. Search obits with any of three fields – name, date and/or obit text. I like to use last name of
birth mom, date framed from adoptee’s date of birth to present, state or city and then first name of birth mom.
www.fastpeoplesearch.com - fairly recent site with LOTS of good info such as new and old addresses/phone number, email addresses and possible relatives (you can click on a relative's name and it will hyperlink to THAT person's info)
www.privateeye.com Lists name, age, city/state and also lists family members together (fabulous!). One of the most useful sites around as “dead people” are often listed with family members.
www.veromi.com uses same database as privateeye.com
www.myrelatives.com Search by name census, birth, death, divorce, marriage and obits.
www.dobsearch.com Use the advanced search when searching by name as you can use partial or complete date of birth or approximate age. Can search also by using maiden name. LOTS of info at a small fee.
www.findagrave.com Millions of cemetery records, famous and non-famous names, are listed here – many with photos of gravestone. Great for searching for relatives in a certain town/state.
www.theknot.com – wedding info; can check if they have registry
www.thebump.com – baby registry (they include maiden name for search purposes)
www.truthfinder.com - use only the "free info"
www.truepeoplesearch.com - this will show relatives, city/state and addresses plus phone number
www.whitepages.com great stalking tool! Click on “neighbors” and it lists all the neighbors with their contact information. Good about listing apartment numbers. Now also puts possible relatives and occupation. Note: check all phone sites - compare info.
http://10digits.us fast website results that list names, addresses, phone numbers plus aerial photo of home (links over automatically to whitepagesplusbyPPL)
www.anywho.com phone/address listings – can search by name and zip code; will often list female name AND/OR male name of phone # owner (not done by other phonebook sites as a general rule). If you click on "full profile" you will link up with the info on intelius.com for free.
http://www.infobel.com/world/default.asp phone listings for the World
www.spokeo.com Accessing this site can provide name, age, family members (with ages), interests, photo of neighborhood and house (google earth). Can search by name, address, phone, username (on email and social media sites). Very reasonable fees and gives quite a bit of info on person.
http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com Great for addresses, dates living at which residence, relatives, phone and email addresses.
www.familysearch.org Family finder sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
www.accessgenealogy.com now owned by Ancestry.com but lets you access information archived by each state (census, cemetery records, military records, etc)
www.ussearch.com enter first and last name; has space for city (or can just do state).
www.familytreenow.com Free site and can search with just last name and/or state.
http://ssdmf.info Search this Social Security Death List by name or by birthdate!!
www.deathfigures.com Search the SSDI by last name; gives you birth and death dates for each person and state where they died. Helpful in locating an obit that lists survivors.
www.pipl.com can put in name, username, phone and/or state and the site does a “deep web” search that uses several search engines and sites.
www.peoplefinders.com will give name/city/state, and often maiden name, plus age and, if dead, the date of death. Not always accurate on alive vs dead so recheck. Often has free 24 hour search special.
www.usidentify.com put in name and it also gives age, locations and relatives.
www.beenverified.com Been advertised on TV a significant amount. An OK site but it seems to morph similar names together (eg Stephanie and Steve Waugh are viewed as same person; ditto for Don and Donna Mendenhall)
www.intelius.com good database. Must pay for some info but cost is minimal.
www.publicrecords.com put in name and last known state – lists age, employment, family members, cities lived in
www.publicrecords.directory/search.php search by first and last name
www.blackbookonline.info Enter city and/or state and it will show what online databases are available for that area. Do NOT put person’s name in the first blank; it is for location only.
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov - free newspapers from the US Library of Congress
www.peekyou.com search by name, interests, work, school and many other categories.
http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp enter address and the correct complete address and zipcode will appear. EXCELLENT way to find out if the person lives in an apartment.
www.birthdatabase.com search database of 120 million names and birth dates. Put in first and last name and estimated age of person. Gives birth date (wonderful to have for other search databases) and city/state.
www.classmates.com (aka Memory Lane) alumniclass.com, www.alumni.net free membership lets you search these sites for high school, college, and military alumni name. Be sure to try the “map location” feature on classmates.com!
www.myspace.com Blog type site that ANYONE can access. Scary how much info people post about themselves. Usually blocked on work computers!
www.facebook.com They do not update membership files so it can be helpful to track someone’s trail. Look at the photos also as a specific college t-shirt can help determine different locations to search.
www.davidgrayspeoplefinder.com Nominal fee. Claims to have selected birth indexes (TX, CA, OH, MN, NC, KY VT). Now has free trial period for 11 days.
www.findme.org enter date of birth for adoptee and lists names and location of people who have registered with site (mutual consent registry)
www.twitter.com Another social networking site. I suggest using last name only for a search and often you will get the city/state where the person is located.
www.peoplelookup.com will give relatives and towns/states where person lived. use the free info on site.
www.radaris.com Also does “deep web” search
www.instantcheckmate.com Gives age, year of birth, address and partial phone number.
www.kidon.com/media-link/usa.shtml listing of newspaper, magazine, radio, tv stations
http://www.usgenweb.org/ good resource for genealogy info on a certain
area of the United States. State list on left side.
www.zoominfo.com can search by three categories: people, company, job
www.archives.gov listing of those killed in Korean Conflict plus other great info
www.martindale.com Listing of lawyers nationwide on these two sites
http://www.ancestorhunt.com/prison_search.htm search for prisoners by state
https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/ search for those in federal prison system. Site by Federal Department of Justice.
www.lookwhogotbusted.com photos of criminals and listings for various states is growing.
www.classcreator.com Info on school reunions future and past; often lists event coordinator and contact info
http://www.melissadata.com/lookups/index.htm Lots of data portals to look up everything from correct zip code to addresses to maps to radius of area codes.
www.persopo.com Search with first and last name plus state (city optional). Results may have present owners of house, for example, mixed in so be careful in using this site.
Plus some others:
http://www.progenealogists.com free estimate to hire a genealogist (about $45 per hr); connected to ancestry.com
http://www.searchbug.com/ People Searching Tool – small fees
http://www.publicrecordsources.com/ State by state info and hyperlinks
http://cyndislist.com/adoption.htm#general often used genealogy info
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ New York State Unified Court
http://www.ancestry.com/ fee to use but free at most public libraries; great info; good for city directory searching
best name search engine – put name in “quotes”
my second choice for name search engine
http://www.vitalrec.com/birth.html Vital Records Information, Birth Certificate, how and where to obtain copy in U.S.
http://www.cyndislist.com/marriage.htm Cyndi's List – Marriage info sites
http://www.arrangeonline.com/ - National Obituaries Archives
http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/ - Search for schools, libraries, and colleges
www.americanadoptioncongress.org - clicking on the search tips is helpful. You might want to read through the FAQs (frequently asked questions) also.
http://catalog.loc.gov/ Helpful for locating materials when using Interlibrary Loan
www.USGenweb.com links to each state’s resources
http://ethiopianadoptionconnection.org/ Has searchable database registry plus helpful info for anyone born in Ethiopia
Specific to Kansas City born Adoptees:
search Kansas City marriage records by mother or father’s name
http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ Online death certificates for Missouri on anyone deceased from 1955 to very early 1900’s
www.mo.gov/ Missouri court info – can search by name.
www.records.jacksongov.org recorder of deeds; can search marriages licenses with bride and/or groom names up to present day
www.kckl.ent.siri.net Kansas City, KS library and access to their databases – need to have library card. Listing of databases under “Research”.
www.kclibrary.org Kansas City, MO library and access to their databases – need to have library card. Has Heritage Quest, Ancestry (need to be in building), Missouri Death certificates and Newspapers.
www.kshs.org Kansans can now access Newspapers.com and Ancestry.com for free (!) when searching Kansas information. This is an arrangement made between Ancestry and Newspapers websites and the Kansas Historical Society. For free use, Kansas users must access the records through www.kshs.org and confirm their residency using your driver's license number. Then click on Online Collections and start using their databases.
DNA Testing (best to “fish in all three ponds”):
www.familytreeDNA.com general genetic testing; read section on adoptees
www.23andme.com because of FDA ruling can only minimally list what diseases you might be at risk for with your DNA, can do lists of relatives (usually cousins), geographic area of your ancestors, others with similar DNA and their contact info.
www.ancestry.com offers DNA testing but does not archive samples
www.GEDmatch.com provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Can compare your results across FTDNA, Ancestrydna and 23andme.
www.DNAAncestryproject.com paternal line testing
www.homedna.com/index.html At $78 seems to have the best reputation plus has testing info when participants are in different regions. And this explains the process when you live in different areas:
DNA Detectives (www.Facebook.com) – closed group but just ask to join. Many search angels are willing to help on this site.
Search Squad (www.Facebook.com) – another closed group that you must ask to join. You have to send any search responses to one of the site’s “official searchers” rather than get a response directly from someone on site. Not quite as “user friendly” as DNA Detectives.