“Google Guide for Genealogy” coming February 2016

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The week of February 22, One Leaf Press will be releasing for sale the book entitled:

Google Guide for Genealogy
1001 Ways to Search the Internet like a Genealogist
By Barry J. Ewell

Description: This is a comprehensive 350 page guide for genealogists and family historians to effectively use Google to deliver accurate and relevant search results in seconds. Find hundreds of examples of simple to advance search queries that you can immediately use and modify. Learn about the skills you need, records you will find, and resources you can use to find available information.

Release date: Week of February 22, 2015

Limited one-time offer:  One Leaf Press is offering a free eBook version of the title “Google Guide for Genealogy” for all who register.

Offer deadline:  Closed as of February 10, 2016

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37 Simple Google search queries for home, work and play

37 Google SearchesThe following are simple Google search queries you can use on the go, for work or just for fun.

movie: Operator
Use the “movie:” operator to search for a movie by name or location with movie review, show time and theather. You will begin the query with “movie:”.  For example:

  • movie: 30516 (Finds movies in and/or near the zip code)
  • movie: star wars (Takes your location into account)

flights: Operator
Use the “flight:” operator to search and explore about the flights times. You will begin the query with “flights:”.  For example:

  • flights: KS (Finds information for flights related to Kansas)

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Setting-up advanced Google searches for genealogy research

Google Advanced SearchBy Barry J. Ewell

In addition to the database resources like Ancestry.com, MyHeritage.com, FindMyPast.com, and FamilySearch.org, I will seek to find other information on each ancestor on the Internet.  I liken the search to child’s game hide-n-seek.  I am trying to uncover location of information regarding my ancestor be it in a list, book, blog, website, newspaper or other artifact. Sometimes I am fortunate and with simple search query using my ancestors name I am able find the desired information.

It has been my experience, however, that I need to construct search queries that will help me look in as many places at one time.  I will usually start out with a simple search query that includes the name of my ancestor and then depending on what I find I will add other variables such as Continue reading

Use the website Google translate for genealogy research

Google TranslateBy Barry J. Ewell

Google translate is a free service that provides a translations in the top 90+ languages. You can find the website by doing a Google search for “Google Translate” or going to https://translate.google.com/.  The following are few of the ways you can effectively use the tool.

Translate text (words and sentences). You can type (copy/ paste) words/phrases into the Google translate and it will provide you the translation in one of 90+ languages. Do the following:

  1. Visit the Google Translate page.
  2. At the top of the page, choose the languages to translate between. If you aren’t sure what language you want to use, click Detect language.
  3. Start typing and the translation will appear automatically. The more you type, the more accurate your translation will be.
  4. You might see a simple dictionary below your translation that shows parts of speech, possible word variations, or uses.

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Use Google country-specific search engines to expand genealogy research

Google Country-Specific Search EnginesBy Barry J. Ewell

Consider using one of Google’s country-specific  search engines to search for your ancestor.  Google has over 160+ different country specific search engines.  For example, Google’s search engine for

  • Goolge.com (United States)
  • Google.ca (Canada)
  • Google.co.uk (United Kingdom)
  • Google.au (Australia)
  • Google.ie (Ireland)

For example if you are conducting search for ancestor who immigrated to the United States from England in the 1800’s.  Try doing a Google search on the United States search engine and then the same search on the United Kingdom search engine.  You will be amazed at differences in the search results. Continue reading

Using US postal code abbreviations in Google search queries

USA Postal CodesBy Barry J. Ewell

Throughout the history of the United States postal service, different abbreviations have been used to represent states.  Remember when you are doing a Google search you will be looking for information that has been recorded during different time periods.  You will want to account for possible variations in your search query when you are looking in a specific location. For example, the postal code abbreviations over time for Colorado are as follows:  1874 Colo., 1963 CO.   If I were doing developing a search query and was looking for information about person in a specific location such as a state, I would do the following:

Search query: “Ora Jones” OR “Ora * Jones” OR “Jones, Ora”  genealogy OR ancestry Colorado OR “CO” OR Colo. Continue reading