Easy Google Genealogy Searcher
Learn all the possibilities Google offers for a genealogy search!
Learn to do effective genealogy internet searches with the Easy Google Genealogy Searcher. Can't remember all the Google tricks you've heard for genealogy searching? Want to learn some things you probably had no idea Google could do? The Easy Genealogy Google Searcher puts advanced Google features on one page with suggested keywords and advice about how each feature is useful for genealogy searches.
Google Genealogy Search
" " Use quotation marks before and after a single word or multi-word phrase that you want to appear exactly "as is" in your search results.
- Use a minus sign before words that you don't want to appear in your search results.
Use Google to search for websites that have a surname in the website title. This is particularly useful for:
- Surnames that are also common English words such as Fox, Church, or Powers
- Surnames that are also first names such as Thomas or James
- Finding genealogy sites that are buried deep in Google results
Hint: The tilde or ~ gives Google results for synonyms of genealogy. Remove the tilde for more precise results.
Search the full text of public domain books that Google has digitized. Download, save and print the book for free. These books include genealogy books, county history books, military books, municiple annual reports, and other out-of-copyright books that include the names of regular folks.
If you find a website about the topic you are researching and want to find more like it, you can use Google to search for similar sites.
For example, you have found a cemetery directory site, but it doesn't have the cemetery you are looking for, use the "similar sites search" to find other cemetery directory sites to expand your search.
Want to know where all the cemeteries are in a particular town? Enter cemetery into the search terms box, and the town and state into the location box. You can search for Methodist Churches in a town, or Catholic cemeteries, or newspapers, libraries, and historical societies, etc.
Google search by location might be useful to help locate the nearest church to where you ancestors lived. No need to know the name of the church to find it. The caveat for genealogists is that the current churches, cemeteries, newspapers you will get from the search results may not be in the same names or location as 100 years ago.
To Locate Latitude and Longitude
- Type address into the Google Maps search box or locate area by browsing.
- Right-click on the spot on the map to bring up the menu.
- In the menu, choose What’s here?.
- Click on the green arrow to get the latitude and longitude coordinates.
- Copy and paste.
Google search by family tree
- - Use a minus sign before a keyword that you do not want to appear in your search results.
- ~ Use the tilde sign before words for search results that include synonyms. (genealogy, ancestry, family tree).
- " Place a first name and last name between double quotes to search for exact occurences of the name. Place location names of 2 or more words in quotes; i.e. "new york".
OR Use the OR operand to receive results that contain one of the query words or phrases.
- * Use the asterisk as a wild card; i.e. for a middle name.
- ... Use a number range search to match any one year in a range of years, i.e. 1700...1750
- allintitle: Google will restrict the results to those with all of the query words in the title. For instance, [allintitle: smith genealogy] will return only documents that have both "smith" and "genealogy" in the title of the webpage.