GenealogyAgent.com searches message boards, family Web sites, Ancestry.com’s public Member Trees, GenCircles, FamilySearch and other sites. (Itd be nice to see a list of all the sites the agents search for you.)
You can have GenealogyAgent.com look for two ancestors free for a year. Each additional Ancestor Monitor costs $14.60 annually.
To set up a monitor, first register, then enter your ancestors basic information: name (maiden for women), nicknames, and birth and death years (you can choose a range). After saving this to your account, add places and family members names.
Each monthly report shows the sites searched, search terms used, and any changes related to those terms since the last search. As with any online search, there’s no guarantee the results reported pertain to your ancestors.
Results for sites without search functions (for example, family sites that may list ancestors names and dates right on their pages) show up in a Web Page Monitor section. The email goes on to explain how to log into GenealogyAgent.com to see the changes, says Barry.
Results for sites that have searchable data (such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.com Member Trees) are in a Searchable Site Monitor section. To see full search results, you click a link that takes you to the site to execute the search yourself. You may need to register with some sites to see results, and of course, this won’t get you around subscription fees in any paid sites.
How the GenealogyAgent.com service works can be difficult to grasp, so if youre considering it, youll want to take the site tour and set up your two free monitors. Ive created one for a “difficult” ancestor and the other for someone more cooperative. Ill let you know if anything turns up.
A few other free tools from the same webmaster:
- Family Tree Searcher, which searches eight family tree sites
- Genealogy Search Advice, where you answer a series of questions and get research hints