Being a genealogist we're always searching for someone, sometimes even whole families? So why not see if someone else if searching for the same person.
While the internet has helped many of us fill in numerous gaps, making it much easier to track down missing information, it still has some way to go before being a truly comprehensive source. In the meantime, the 'Genealogical Research Directory' (GRD) provides an invaluable list of contacts to fellow family historians, some of whom may be researching the same lines as you.
What's more, because the GRD is used worldwide, it can help you track down ancestors who left these shores for a new life overseas - in particular England, Canada, the USA and Australia are all well covered.
Originally published in 1981 (in book form) and published yearly since then this CD-ROM is a compilation of approx. 500,000 unique entries that have been submitted from 1992-2007.
Fully searchable by surname, subject or place, including wildcard, the information given on a result is surname, first name/s, time period, town/city, area (or county), country, and year (of when it appeared in the GRD). Results can be printed out together with the submitters details. Please note, entries from contributors with out-of-date addresses have been removed.
An immensley valuable source for all researching their family history.