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I am very new at this and have become an addict! With some names in a family Bible that my aunt had maintained, I started my search about two months ago.

Found that with the free trials at and, I was able to find quite a bit of info. But I needed better access, so I joined both groups. It's expensive, and I may have been foolish to do this, but I did it!

I was quite suprised to see how differently displays the census info: You don't have to go through all the steps you have to do in Ancestry. The only problem I have with is that I can't see the whole census page. Can't figure out how to "move over" and get to the right-hand side. When you print in the regular print mode, the whole page is shown, but too small for me to read.

I just print it out with the larger image, and then go to and find the whole page....and print that out. But I am still better off with the larger print size of (Am I making any sense here?)

The folks who have put years and years of research onto the web have done a great service for people like me. I cannot see myself going to libraries and courthouses, etc. for the next 10 years.....(I'm too old to start that now!!!) So what I am able to get off the web with a very few trips to my parents' hometowns will probably enable me to get the info I want. Am not interested in a surname base of thousands!

But it is fascinating.....and I am most appreciative of all the hard work that has gone on before. Oh, and I find the county discussion boards on both sites, as well as Roots Web, quite helpful. I post lots of queries there, and people have been most helpful.

I do not like the Morman site......have not gotten much info fromtheir data base, or maybe I am just feeding in the wrong facts. Or......maybe my ancestors were not interesting enough! LOL

Happy hunting, folks!!!

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