RootsWeb is a free site. When going into the site, an ad shows up that will take you to Ancestry.com, which supports RootsWeb. Ancestry.com and is not free. If you want to use RootsWeb, scroll down to the list of links they have further down the page, or if you want to search the family trees click on Family Trees in the top menu.
Getting Started at RootsWeb is an overview of the services available at RootsWeb.
Ancestry Tour gives information about Ancestry.com. This link also connects with their free trial offer. The free trial is for 14 days.
RootsWeb Review Archives is a data base of all the editions of the newsletter from 1998 to 2006.
Subscribe takes you to the Newsletter Management Center. You can subscribe to their free newsletters and search the archives.
What's New is a list of all new databases added to RootsWeb.
Search Engines and Databases
Search the RSL DataBase includes adding and editing your surnames, problem solving as well as a place to search for surnames.
SearchThingy is just that, a place to go to search in RootsWeb.
Social Security Death Index is a place to search for SS numbers for your deceased relatives that had a SS number. The Railroad Retirement is also included. If you don't find your relative in the database it's probably because they didn't have a SS number or there was no claim made against the account.
Town Search takes you to a place to search for town record databases.
USGenWeb Archives searches all the USGenWeb archives.
Index of all Search Engines and Databases is just what it says it is.
Family Trees (WorldConnect) is your entry into the family trees where you can search, add your genealogy, edit your files, connect with others researching your line, add comments by way of post-its, and learn the history of WorldConnect.
Mailing Lists Index is a way to browse all the lists that are available.
Requests for Mailing Lists Don't see a list you'd like to belong to? Here is where you can request a new list start and adopt an old list if there is one adoptable for what you want. Gives you the rules and responsibilities of a list administrator.
Message Board Homepage contains a way to search or browse the lisings.
Requests for Message Boards requests sign-in before using.
They have search areas for surnames, USA, countries, and a plact to link your site to RootsWeb.
Register your website at RootsWeb gives you a way to link your website to RootsWeb.
Free website at RootsWeb, to apply fill out this form.
This is just a sampling of what you can find at RootsWeb. I can spend hours at this site and just scratch the surface.
Dale L. Edwards