An easy way for people to look up their parents’ names is to run their parents' names through an online search engine. For example, someone whose father’s name is John Doe can go to Google.com and type in “John Doe.”
Novice researchers can obtain a remarkable amount of information about other people by using this technique. Free obituaries, news stories, personal profiles and images are all available. At FamilyTreeNow.com, people can find current and past addresses and phone numbers, birth dates and relatives of the search subject at no cost.
FamilyHistory.com has free links to genealogical databases for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Here, information seekers can find a wide variety of free public records, including census records, marriage records, death records and state and county histories. Some links from this site carry cemetery inscription indexes, Civil War records and city directories. Another free site, Forebears.io, has information on the origins of last names and offers a number of links pointing to information such as wills, birth records and immigration documents.
Ancestry.com, a popular, reliable genealogical company, offers some free information and a 14-day free trial, but most of the information costs the price of a subscription. This is a good option for anyone interested in researching a family tree.