Hi folks. Recently I came across 3 sites (at least 2 of them are newly launched) that seem to offer great potential at no charge.
- Mocavo (http://www.mocavo.com/) is a new genealogy-specific search engine. Where as a general purpose search engine such as google is likely to return irrelevant info, Mocavo searches only sites with genealogical content. Also, entering John Hogan in Mocavo, yields results for Hogan, John and John F. Hogan. In google, to get the same type of results you would need the following search string: "John Hogan" OR "Hogan, John" OR "John * Hogan". Mocavo is currently a predominately US resource, but has plans to expand.
- DIPPAM (http://www.dippam.ac.uk/) offers 3 databases including one with info related to emigration from Ireland. The site has Northern Ireland origins, however the content is relevant to all of Ireland. In a quick search I found non-Ulster Hogans including a family lost at sea near New Jersey and a poor lad/murderer who received a one way ticket to Australia.
- Genealogy Book Links (http://www.genealogybooklinks.com/) is cataloging ebooks related to US genealogy. Google Books (http://books.google.com/) is one organization that is digitalizing out-of-copyright books and making them available on the internet. In fact, GooBooGeni (http://gooboogeni.com/) is attempting to catalog Google Books content relevant to genealogy. Genealogy Book Links includes content from ALL sources, not just from Google Books.