Getting More from Google Searches for Genealogy

Like most of you I like to use Google as my main search engine.  This article contains cautions and advice that help us get more out of our Google searches for genealogy.

  • Did you know that when you do a Google search the first page of results only includes 2 results from the same site?  This could have serious implications if you searching for an ancestor and several results come from the same site! Imagine you are looking for an ancestor and FamilySearch.org has several entries for the person – but you will only get 2 on the first page of Google search results.  There are ways to overcome this!
  • Did you know that you can have more control over your Google searches when you use the Advanced Search?
  • Did you know that there are 150 Google search engines – by country – such as google.com, google.ca, google.co.uk – and that they don’t all return the same results?  So selected the most appropriate country Google search engine could improve your results!

How do you learn about these things?  As you know I am a big fan of http://www.genealogyintime.com – a Canadian site!  They have 3 articles that you would do well to read – work step by step and test each thing by trying it out!

I would suggest reading the articles in this order:

  1. A Country Guide to Google Search Engines – http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/genealogy_guide_to_google_country_search_engines_page1.html
  2. How to Use Google Advanced Search for Genealogy http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/how_to_use_google_advanced_search_for_genealogy_part_1_page_1.html – this is a lengthy article – go slow and use the parts that you feel is important to you
  3. Finally – and don’t miss this article – Google Limitations on Genealogy Searches – http://www.genealogyintime.com/GenealogyResources/Articles/genealogy_limitations_on_google_searches_page1.html – amazing – I never knew Google did this!  One of the solutions is to use the search engine at http://www.genealogyintime.com which is designed for genealogy searches.

Have fun learning!

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