UPDATE – Many RootsWeb sites (owned by Ancestry.com) are currently unavailable while they resolve some security issues. If and when the sites are restored, we’ll make the links live, until then, we’ve included the links in parentheses.

RootsWeb WorldConnect, Message Boards, and Mailing Lists are partially operational (as of 12 September 2018).



All RootsWeb Searches

Some of these sites have advertisements so you’ll need to look closely and make sure you’re using the RootsWeb search engine and not an advertiser’s system.


General RootsWeb searches:

  • WorldConnect — 800 million names in free family trees submitted to RootsWeb

  • Search Thingy (http://sitesearch.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/search) — “a silly name for our powerful site-wide search engine,” searches RootsWeb databases by one keyword or phrase

  • Meta Search (http://resources.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/metasearch)— search multiple databases with surname, first name, or keyword

  • RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) (http://rsl.rootsweb.com/) — more than 1 surnames by surname, location, sounds like options, update options

  • All RootsWeb hosted Websites

  • Mailing List Archives Search (http://archiver.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/search) — more than 29 million mailing list messages, search by keyword or choose advanced search options

  • Mailing List Threaded Archives (http://archiver.rootsweb.com/)

  • Mailing List ROOTS-L Archives (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search?path=ROOTS&op=Search)

  • Mailing List Find a List Search (http://workshop.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch)

  • Message Boards Search or Browse

  • Obituary Daily Times  “The Obituary Daily Times is a daily index of published obituaries. It is distributed FREELY, often twice a day by email, and usually has over 2500 entries a day. You can search the database anytime with the search engine above.”

International Database Searches:

  • Search All International Records Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/intl/)  A database containing more than 2 million records and more than 170,000 surnames from selected countries, areas, and locations submitted by RootsWeb contributors. See the International Records Search listing  (http://ongenealogy.com/listings/rootsweb-free-international-records-search/) for a complete list of record collections in this database.

  • International Cemetery Photos (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/volunteers/)

  • Australia-New Zealand Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/aus/) Records you’ll be searching:  Australia (http://ongenealogy.com/listings/rootsweb-free-australia-genealogy-records-online/), New Zealand (http://ongenealogy.com/listings/rootsweb-free-new-zealand-genealogy-records-online/)

  • British/United Kingdom & Ireland Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/uki/) Records you’ll be searching: EnglandWalesScotlandIreland

  • Canadian Records Database Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/canada/) Record collections you’ll be searching:

  • Dutch Records Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/dutch/) (is now part of the International Records Search) Netherlands Records you’ll be searching

  • German Records Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/deu/), Records you will search in the German Records Search.

  • Italian Records Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/italy/), Records you will search in the Italian Records Search. Records you will search in the RootsWeb Free International Records Database Search.

  • Swedish Census (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/sweden/) Records you’ll be searching: 1890 Sweden Census

  • Swedish Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/vitals/) Records you’ll be searching: Lindesberg Orebro, Sweden Birth, Death, Marriage Records 1659-1898; Also see RootsWeb Free Sweden Genealogy Records Online for Swedish records you’ll need to search in the International Search

United States specific searches:

  • United States Death Records: California (http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ca/death/search.cgi)

  • United States Death Records: Kentucky (http://vitals.rootsweb.com/ky/death/search.cgi)

  • United States Death Records: Maine (http://vitals.rootsweb.com/me/death/search.cgi)

  • United States Death Records: Texas (http://vitals.rootsweb.com/tx/death/search.cgi)

  • State and Country Index (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/regional.html)

  • African-American/Colored Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/colored/)

  • Atlas and Gazetteers (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/atlas_gazetteer/)

  • Birth Records Search (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/births/)

  • Book Indexes (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/bookindexes/)

  • Cemetery Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/cemeteries/)

  • Census Indexes (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/census/index/)

  • Church Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/churchrecords/)

  • Court Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/courtrecords/)

  • Death Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/deaths/)

  • Deeds (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/deeds/)

  • Directories (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/citydir/)

  • Divorce Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/divorces/)

  • Groups (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/groups/) (Professional, Society, Religious, etc.)

  • Land Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/landrecords/)

  • Marriage Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/marriages/)

  • Military Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/military/)

  • Mortality Schedules (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/mortality/)

  • Native American Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/nativeamerican/)

  • Naturalization Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/naturalization/)

  • Newspaper Indexes (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/news/)

  • Obituaries (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/obituaries/)

  • One-Name Studies (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/studies/)

  • Passenger Lists (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/passenger/)

  • Plat Indexes (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/plats/)

  • POW-MIA-KIA Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/pow_mia/)

  • School Alumni Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/alumni/)

  • State Archives (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/utahstatearchives/)

  • Tax and Voter Lists (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/tax_voter/)

  • Miscellaneous (http://searches.rootsweb.ancestry.com/misc.html)

    • WWI Draft Registrations (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/ww1/draft/)

    • Arkansas:  Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents (http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/arkland/arkland.pl)

    • Louisiana:  Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents (http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/laland/laland.pl)

    • Pennsylvania:  Eastern Pennsylvania Obituaries (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/paobits/)

    • South Carolina:  York County Census, Heads of Household 1790 — 1850 (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/scyork/scyork.pl)

    • South Dakota:

      • Birth Records, Pre-1900 (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/sd/birth/search.cgi)

      • Brule County History (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdbrulehist/sdbrule.pl) (Book Index)

      • Campbell County Obituaries (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdcampbell/obitbook.pl)

      • Chas. Mix County Atlas, 1906 (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdchasmix/1906atlas.pl)

      • Early History of Brown County (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdbrown/browninx.pl) (Book Index)

      • Obituaries from the Bowdle Pioneer (http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/searches/sdbowdle/bowdle.html)

      • South Dakota Genealogical Society Quarterly (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdgsqart/sdgsqart.pl)

      • Territorial Census, 1860 (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/sdcensus/sd1860cen.pl)

    • Tennessee:  Lincoln County Marriages from Fayetteville Observer, 1895 — 1910 (http://www.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/tnlincoln/tnlincoln.pl)

    • Texas:  Lamar County Cemetery Records (http://userdb.rootsweb.com/cemeteries/TX/Lamar/)

    • Vermont:  Saxtons River Census, (1920 http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/searches/vtsaxriv/)

    • Wisconsin:  Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents (http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/wisconsin/wisconsin.pl)


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