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© St. Petersburg Times, published July 31, 2000

Here are some starting points for genealogy research on the Internet:

RootsWeb ( -- Social Security Death Index, surname mailing lists, WorldConnect family tree project, GenConnect surname boards and Web site hosting.

Cyndi's List ( -- List of links compiled by Cyndi Howells.

A Barrel of Genealogy Links ( -- Includes many Civil War links. Compiled by John J. Lacombe II.

Family Search ( -- Access the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' genealogical treasures.

Genealogy Resources on the Internet ( -- No-frills list of links compiled by Christine Gaunt and John Fuller.

Links to your past
Online resources, including Web sites and e-mailing lists, are making it easier for people to connect with their family's past.

Mystery, scandal and discovery online
Genealogists love to find an ancestor such as my fourth great-grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Polk Hagler. Her story offers scandal, mystery and even a presidential connection. The Internet introduced us.

Software can help you keep track of family
If you'll be collecting information on more than a few dozen relatives, genealogy software is a great investment.

Roots on the Web
Here are some starting points for genealogy research on the Internet:

USGenWeb ( -- State and county resources, transcriptions of public records (some census records) and tombstones.

Vital Records ( -- Where to write for birth, death and marriage certificates.

Ancestors ( -- Links and information related to the popular PBS series. ( -- Search engine and many databases, though most accessible only to subscribers. ( -- Search engine, Social Security Death Index, Web site hosting through Family Treemaker.

Bureau of Land Management ( -- Check here to see if your ancestors might have acquired land from the federal government.

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