a link or scroll down the page:
||Search Web sites,
Family Archives, and online data for family names.
||Search the Social Security
Death Index for an individual in your family.
||Search family trees of
royalty, politicians, and more for your name.
for any word or phrase.
To find ancestors in Web sites, CDs, and online data
(including Civil War), enter at least a last name and click Go. You
can also browse select data by location.
Social Security Death Index
To find ancestors in the Social Security Death Index, fill out as many
fields as you like and click Search Now.
Search This Web Site
To find information in Family Tree Maker Online pages, fill out as
many fields as you like and click Search Now. Only looking for names?
Use the Internet FamilyFinder.
Internet FamilyFinder Search Instructions
Return to Internet FamilyFinder Search Form
An Internet FamilyFinder search locates information on millions of sites all
across the Internet including Family Tree Maker Online and GenealogyLibrary.com.
It does not search the Social Security Death Index.
Tips and examples:
- You don't have to fill out all of the fields, but you
must at least fill "Last Name" field. If you leave a field blank, Internet
FamilyFinder will allow anything in that field. It is usually a good idea
to leave the "Middle" name blank unless you really only want matches that
are listed with that name (remember that not all information may have been
typed in with the middle name).
- If you only enter an initial in the "First Name" field,
Internet FamilyFinder will find names with that initial. For example, if you
search for "J Smith", this will find "J. Smith" and "J Smith".
- Do not enter titles (like Dr., Earl, or Queen) or suffixes
(3rd, III, or Jr.). Just search for the name without the title and then check
the results for the ones you want.
- Internet FamilyFinder is constantly searching the Internet for new names.
If it did not find what you wanted, try again in
a few days. If you know of a new genealogy page
or site dealing with genealogy, it is possible that Internet FamilyFinder
has not found that page yet, so please tell us about your page
so we can add it.
- You can control the areas that the Internet FamilyFinder searches
with the "Search on" check boxes.
- To search for accented characters in names, do not type
the accents in your query. That way you will find the name even if the person
who typed in the information was not able to put in the accents.
- Occasionally, if you search for a very common name or last name, Internet
FamilyFinder will report that there are too many matches
for the name you entered. This is to save you and us from wading through thousands
of matches. To reduce the number of matches to a manageable quantity, make
sure to enter both a first name and a last name. If you are looking for a
name specifically on Family Tree Maker Online, be sure to deselect "The Internet"
check box in the "Search on" section.
Social Security Search Instructions
Return to Social Security Search Fields
Tips and examples:
- You don't need to fill in all of the fields -- just a name will do.
- If you aren't sure how to spell the name, you can use a question mark
in place of a single letter, as in "Su?anne" to find both "Suzanne" and
- You can also use an asterisk in place of multiple letters. For example,
if you typed "Mary*" you would find names such as "Maryanne", "Maryanna",
"Maryella", and "Mary-Louise". (Note that this may return a very large number
- If you aren't sure how to spell the last name, try using the Soundex option.
(Again, note that this may return a very large number of matches.)
- If you get too many matching names, try filling in other fields to
eliminate some of the other possible matches.
- To automatically generate a letter requesting a copy of the individual's
Social Security Number application from the Social Security Administration,
click the "Write It" link to the right of the individual's name in the list
of matches. All you need to do is print it and drop it in the mail!
Keyword Search Instructions
Return to Keyword Search Fields
A keyword search locates information anywhere in the Family Tree Maker Online
Web site, except the Internet FamilyFinder and
the Social Security Death Index.
Tips and examples:
- When you start a search, Family Tree Maker Online looks for pages containing all the words you typed in the field.
- If you want to search on an exact phrase, then include your search words in double quotes. For example, if you only want hits showing "John Doe" with nothing in between the two words, then you would enter your search as "John Doe" with the quotes.
- At this time, automatic OR searches are not possible. You must do multiple
searches instead. For example, if you wanted to find pages containing Minnesota
OR Iowa AND John Smith, you would do one search for Minnesota John Smith
and then a second search for Iowa John Smith.