Getting the most out of Google searches
Google was ranked as the 8th most popular website used by professional genealogists and I wholeheartedly agree with this ranking. Google is the only search engine that I ever use and I've always been able to find what I'm looking for with it. I never really thought of it as a genealogy tool until reading this article, but ever since then I have used it occasionally and found some websites with information on my ancestors.
I wondered if there was a better way to do searches though, and I found this article written by Mark Howells titled, "Google for Genealogy." It was written for Ancestry Magazine and I located it at Ancestry.com. In it Howells gives a little tutorial on how to use Google for your genealogy search.
I highly recommend genealogists to read this article and find out how to use Google more effectively. Howells says at the end:
"Google is an extremely powerful search engine, and you’ll need to educate yourself in its various features to use it most effectively in your family research. Just as you had to learn how to use the microfilm readers when you first visited your local library or Family History Center, you must familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Google’s capabilities. By just typing in a name and hoping for the best, you are not letting Google do the heavy lifting for you."