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Search Engines….. what are they?

Search Engines…… do you use one? how do you know? what do they do? how do they do it?  Wikipedia gives a super explanation of that combination of words: A web search engine is designed to search for information on the World Wide Web and FTP servers. The search results are generally presented in a list of results and are often called hits. The information may consist of web pages, images, information and other types of files. So a “search engine” is your personal Internet... Read More →

Weekly Tip: Finding Genealogy Websites

By Gena Philibert Ortega You’ve checked; you’ve looked at the free resources at the US Genweb; you’ve even searched the subscription websites available through the FamilySearch Center Portal.  What’s your next step? It can be difficult to find genealogical information on the Internet if you don’t know where to look. While using a search engine like Google is a good first start, you may also want to consider website indexes and lists and genealogical... Read More →

Weekly Tip: Wildcard Searches

How do you search your favorite website or search engine? If you are only entering a name, spelling it out fully, you are missing possible hits. A wildcard allows you to expand your search term to include misspellings, spelling variations and nicknames.  A wildcard allows you to take a name like Mary, change it to Mar* and now you are expanding your search for variations including Marie, Marian, Marry, and Martha. What is a wildcard?  It is a placeholder of sorts.  It tells a search engine... Read More →

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy — Week #14 Search Engines

By Christine Sharbrough, CG I was eager to try this week’s blogging prompt about search engines – it contained a few that I had either not tried or had not heard of. I will preface this post by saying that as a general rule, I do not recommend this approach when researching your family. However, as an adjunct to sound genealogy research, it can be a way to find additional clues. The Yahoo Search: I used my surname “Sharbrough” as a keyword search. The top ten listings... Read More →