RootsWeb has been around for more than twelve years now! One of the early volunteer-based genealogy sites, RootsWeb is now sponsored by Ancestry.com. Unlike the full-blown Ancestry.com host site, the content on RootsWeb remains free. Some great resources to check out at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:
US Town/County database – to find the county when you know the town/city. Important because many vital records are kept at the county level.
WorldConnect – to find others researching your lines, and to share your research by uploading a GEDCOM from your personal database.
Message boards – to post an inquiry about your family.
FreeBMD – to search volunteer-indexed birth, marriage, and death records for England and Wales from 1837-1983.