The Tompkins County NY GenWeb website has been an invaluable source of information for me over the years as I have traced a number of family lines in that geographic area. Because I am a creature of habit, when I am hot on the search, I tend to go immediately to the link where I think my ancestor might be. I frequently check the Past, Present, Future link to see what new material has been added, or I head directly to the local Cemeteries link looking for death dates, or the Scrapbook link to see what hidden gems are there.
Recently I noticed the search engine box. How long has that been there? I am too embarrassed to ask. Once found though, I immediately put it to use. I typed in the name of the person I was searching, and the site’s web crawler provided me with a list of items in which that particular name appeared, not just in Tompkins County, but all over the Southern Tier of New York and Northern Pennsylvania.
I’ve got to go now and search for more family through this newly found search engine!