If your walking stick purchase has a name and/or location engraved on the handle or collar, it may be possible to trace. Some websites are free and some are membership only.
Familysearch.org – Searchable without a p aid subscription –
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the primary benefactor for FamilySearch services.
Familypedia – Free cooperative family history wiki using Semantic MediaWiki
Rootsweb – Free genealogy resources, including WorldConnect, a database with over 480,000,000 surnames
MyHeritage – Aggregated search system and genealogy databases
Cyndislist.com – A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
For more information on databases, visit:
50 Best Databses – Family Tree Magazine
County historical societies, local libraries and museums are other avenues worthy of genealogical pursuit.
There are many websites devoted to genealogy searches; let me know your favorites, and why.