Information on the web
Information on the web

This free course is available to start right now. Review the full course description and key learning outcomes and create an account and enrol if you want a free statement of participation.

Free course

Information on the web

3.3 Focused search sites

An alternative to using general purpose search engines is to make use of focused search engines that only index known genealogical sites. For example, the Genealogical Society of the UK and Ireland (GenUKI) provides a search engine.

Activity 24

Visit the GenUKI search pages and look for your family name.

Discussion

Comment

A word of warning here: genealogy is an area of the web where both free and paid for information is available, and advertising and sponsored links are often used to cross-subsidise sites. You will find many tempting links that end up on subscription sites.

There are a number of other general genealogical websites and portals, some of which are listed in the genealogical resources section. These sites will not only link to online information but lead you to resources that are available offline.

T180_5

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to university level study, find out more about the types of qualifications we offer, including our entry level Access courses and Certificates.

Not ready for University study then browse over 900 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus