The best example to date is the Poznan Project, an index of 19th Century Catholic and Lutheran marriage records compiled by volunteers with the objective of making it easier to locate an ancestral place of origin.
Similar projects have been initiated for the Polish regions of Przodkowie, Pomorze, and Geneteka (see Bindweed has the Polish regions).
Appendix A lists 60 of the largest deep Web databases which contain 10% of the information in the deep Web, or 40 times the content of the entire surface Web.
These 60 databases are included in Complete Planets indexes.
Complete Planet is sponsored by Bright Planet Corporation, a leader in deep Web searches. You can do a keyword search on all 70,000 databases to find which databases to use for your search.
You can also browse by category, and then search databases of interest.
These are popular metasearch engines: is a tool the author has found useful.
There are numerous search engines for the surface Web. His finding is surprising; there is little overlap between various search engines.Some examples are: You can use search engines, such as find lists of emigrants.Use both English and German search terms (emigrants = Auswanderer, emigration = Auswanderung) and a German state or area.Many lists of German emigrants that include towns of origin have been posted on the Internet. Additional material can be found by entering the German region plus the terms “emigrants, emigration” or their German equivalents, “Auswanderer, Auswanderung,” in a search engine. For instance, the modern state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) covers the historical areas of Hannover, Braunschweig, Oldenburg, and Schaumburg-Lippe. Also familiarize yourself with cultural areas and regions, (such as Ostfriesland, the Emsland, the Black Forest).Most often, this information is found in sources created in the country of immigration. Major exit ports for German emigrants were Bremen, Le-Havre (France), Antwerp (Belgium), and Hamburg.In theory it might seem you get broader coverage in this way.In practice, you loose precision because some metasearch engines cannot pass Boolean operators and most of the syntax does not work from the original engine (Schlein, 2004).In Germany, most genealogical material was kept on a town or parish level. If a region in Germany is known, regional online collections of emigrant names may be searched as well.Thus, knowing the emigrant’s birth place is essential. General resources include: Many German Websites organize information by current jurisdiction rather than the “German Empire 1871-1918” jurisdictions generally used by genealogists.To search directories, one clicks through a hierarchical set of hyperlinks.These are some of the major directories: Metasearch engines search several search engines simultaneously and combine the results.