ManyRoads Search Engine Portal


A bit of history…

by News Chronicle,photograph,1934If you are like me, you often find your genealogical efforts at a roadblock or “brickwall”. When that happens, you need an approach or tools to help identify a potential path around those obstacles. It is precisely this situation that motivated the creation of the ManyRoads Custom search Engines.

ManyRoads is pleased to announce the release of our Genealogical Search Engines, each Engine from ManyRoads utilizes Google Custom Search Engine Technologies to scour the Internet for new and interesting Genealogical clues and hints. To accomplish that objective, we search sites that are unique to a given topic area (such as a faith) or Ethnic population (such as French Canadian, German, Polish, etc.)

Rather than focusing on popular, fee-based sites our engines emphasize harder to find, less well known sites that contain valuable genealogical or historical clues. Please be aware these are largely free sites and many are either based in Europe or are non-English. Thus the results you receive will likely reflect the language of the sites searched. Read our Usage Tips & Guide for advice on how to navigate and succeed in your search efforts.

Our Approach to Finding New Clues

  1. It is difficult to identify and discover new genealogical clues, especially from those regions with scare or scattered data sets.
  2. Non-US data is very difficult to find- ‘easily’. (US & English data abounds.. other data is more more scattered and difficult to obtain.)
  3. Standard/ typical (Google, Bing, Yahoo) searches focus on or emphasize the results from highly ranked websites.  The results you see (receive) are sorted/ prioritized in a way that swamps (overwhelms) the results from smaller, less popular sites. Quite simply, standard search engines assume that popularity is a primary indicator of value.  In the genealogy world that is simply a ‘bad’ assumption.
  4. Most tools and databases are geared towards US (or other English-speaking) data storage approaches, traditions, and archives.


Usage Tips & Guide

Note: To use our search engine most effectively follow ‘search’ guidance provided by Google. Our Custom Search Engines are built using Google technology and operate in accordance with their procedures.

To begin, simply enter the name(s), term(s) you hope to find. (We recommend you enter terms in the language of the region you search. If you do not know the language, try using Google Translate.)

For more Google Tips:

Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro? Check out the Google links below to learn more advanced search techniques.

Once you enter your search, a pop-up window with the results should appear and be “scrollable” for easier viewing. Many of the pages and results will be presented in the language of the sites searched.  If you are not familiar with the language, again try using Google Translate to interpret the results.  I find using Google Chrome related browsers, with their auto translate function(s), very helpful.

To close the search window Click on the “X” at the top-right of the pop-up.

If there are additional Custom Search Engines that you would like to see on ManyRoads, please use our Contact page to let us know.


If you are interested in sponsoring a Custom Search Engine
for regions, topics, or population groups
near to your heart, we would be honored to develop one on your behalf.
Please use our Contact page to learn how.


ManyRoads Search Engines (Enjoy!)

Click on and heading to access the relevant Custom Search Engine(s).

German/ Prussian Search Engine
Includes ~250 targeted German-Prussian data providers.

Jewish (Shoah) Search Engine

Includes ~100 targeted Jewish-Shoah data providers, excludes 100+ social and for fee sites.

Mennonite-Amish Search Engine

Includes 70+ targeted Mennonite-Amish data providers.

Polish Search Engine

Includes 50+ targeted Polish data providers.

Quebec (French & French North America) Search Engine

Includes 50+ targeted French & French North America data providers.

Semantic Search Tools

Because the engines listed here are often under development, they are often “off-line”.

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