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Googling your genealogy

If you’re reading this blog, you are likely reasonably web saavy. You may use online databases: subscription and free. You may regularly visit the websites of other genealogists and follow their blogs or tweets. And you likely use Google on a regular basis.

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Google. It’s so popular it’s a verb. It’s become a generic term for searching the web for information, no matter what search engine you may actually be using at the time. Often though, Google results can be both overwhelming – You have 6,679, 258 results - and disappointing as they offer opportunities for you to buy a product that happens to share a name with the ancestor you were seeking. 

Here are two articles written to help you get the most out of Google when you’re using it to do genealogical research in the untamed jungle of the free internet:

Genealogyintime.com offers some “Hot Tips” on using Google for your research. It takes the reader through the advanced search options the site offers and discusses issues such as country bias and how they may affect your results.

The genealogy section of About.com has an article that helps you use Google’s features best for a genealogy search. It also contains reminders about Google “Stop Words” which could impede your search if you don’t take them into account.

Happy Googling!

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