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In addition to the huge catchall pedigree databases, specialized databases have emerged. Most focus on a particular ethnic group or region. Here’s a look at some of the best:
$29.95 for access to 600,000 names. Another CD, In Search of Our Acadian Roots, costs $39.95. $59.95 for both.
Each $19.95, 1,000- to 33,000-name CD focuses on a specific surname.
Search 7.5 million names for free. They’re also indexed on GENDEX (www.gendex.com).
Pay $15 a year for a database of 6.7 million Swedes who lived before 1911.
For $16 a year, access 30,000 names of people who lived before 1909 in Finland.
This $20 CD-ROM contains 1.8 million names. A free online version at www.jewishgen.org/gedcom doesn’t include submitters’ contact information.
Free German-language database of 600,000 names.
The GEDBAS Web site is a free German-language version of the 1.7 million-name GEDCOM database.
This French ancestor-search site offers a free index of 85.5 million names on other Web sites. Extra features are $40 a year.
For $9 for six months or $12 a year, you can access 97,816 residents of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Illinois.
This $35 CD of 126,000 names covers Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable counties in Massachusetts.
At this site, you’ll pay about $29 a year ($40 Canadian) for access to 4 million names; searching the index is free.
Search 4 million names for free; however, some databases are password-protected. Tribal Pages hosts personal genealogy sites for family researchers all over the world.