This may be the shortest blog you have read, but sometimes you get a lot of information just by googling your ancestors.  Of course, you can use Bing, DuckDuck Go, Yahoo, AOL, or any search engine you like.

Just putting my maiden name into my search engine gives me a Wikipedia article on Notable People with the same last name, a website showing the meaning of my surname, information on migration of the family, variations on spelling, early origins of the family, and the family crest, and many more results.

The reason I mention Google is because I have recently discovered some Google Books on my family.  This book, Mr. Fortner’s Marital Claims, was published in 1892.  I can read through it to see if I am related to this Mr. Fortner plus, I can add it to my library for further reference.  This book by Mona Forkner Paulas is not an ebook but I can see a snippet and I can see places where I can buy this book.  I also have the title and the author so I can see if this book is available at my local library.

Good luck with your search.

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