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Family History Search With Google

| Articles | April 30, 2012

Going through a family history search will really take some of your valuable time. With all the information needed, doing a family history search can take months and even years, depending on the progress already made. You may need to gather records, documents as well as do some interviews and collect and analyze them. It’s a good thing that the Web already provides a wealth of resources for genealogical research that may help make your job easier and more convenient.

The best way to look for genealogical information online is by using search engines such as Google. With being the biggest and most popular search engines around, you can say that Google can be a very valuable tool that you can use in order to scour the vast information hub online that is the Web. To become more efficient at it, you may need to learn some of the tricks that would make your family history search in Google more effective.

When using Google for genealogical research, you might want to learn about certain features that you can use to get more focused results. For example, if you wish to search for something using a certain word very critical to the type of information you need, you can insert a plus (+) sign before the word or words so that search results would come out with the exact word that you need.

In the same way, when you wish to omit a certain word when searching, putting a (-) sign before it would exclude them from the results. This is especially useful when searching for information using family names that are fairly common and you may want certain results excluded from the ones that you really require.

If you want two words to come out in the Google search results as they are written, you can use quotation marks on them upon typing on the search box. Putting quotation marks on word combinations or phrases when doing a Google search would give you results that contain the words or phrases exactly as you typed them.

For added flexibility on Google search results you may want to use the OR option. By using OR, you can make Google generate search results that match any one of the words you entered. By default, Google generates search results that match all the search terms. Using OR between two search terms can make it become more flexible in finding mixed results.

There might be also times when Google would provide a search result that looks promising but turns out that the website might no longer be available. This usually happens when certain websites have discontinued or have switched addresses. Such results may still appear on some of the searched on Google. But all is not lost. Since Google may have generated such results, this means that the information may still exist on its database. The key is knowing how to look for it.

Websites that are no longer available or give a “File Not Found” page when clicking on the link may not yet be lost. You may access the pages by clicking on the “cached’ link found usually at the end each search result. This will give you access to the discontinued page as how Google may have stored in on its database.

This is especially useful when trying to check out “dead” websites which may contain certain information that you need to retrieve in your family history search.

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