In a project that started around 2004, the folks at Google, primarily known for the search engine that the Internet community has come to rely upon, began the early stages of digitizing old out-of-print books and making them available through their service. After a few short years, millions of volumes of books and periodicals are now available for viewing and sometimes downloading, especially in the case of out-of-copyright documents. Thanks to this service, from the comfort of your home and Internet connection, you can search through old volumes and registers that up until a few years ago were only accessible after traveling a great distance and manually thumbing through page upon page of old material, in search of your long lost relative. Try Google Books and see what you find. You will be amazed. A word to the wise: be creative with your searching. I have found that key words in addition to your initial search term really do help in zeroing in on a particular locale, family or period of time in that locale's history.