Google Genealogy: Six Steps to Searching Poland / Polish Ancestry Online

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research for Poland / Polish ancestry. Sample Google search queries are suggested for your use to help you research and learn about your ancestors.

Finding country of origin resources
Where do you find country of origin genealogy resources on the Internet? It is a seemingly simple question with a complex answer. You will find records in many places such as large databases to very small family related websites and blogs. Records for each generation are going to be different. The records that were created and available on the web for a specific place in 1940 are going to be different than those created for 1880, 1840, or earlier. Remember also, that only a small amount of records have been digitized and are available online; but digitized records are growing at an ever increasing rate. I have researched for records one month without success and found them six months later with the same Google search queries. Why? The records were put online during that six months or I just didn’t find them the first time I searched. Continue reading

Google Genealogy: site Operator

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

The “site:” operator will allow you to confine/restrict your search to a specific domain. Often time’s genealogy websites have their own search engines that will only search their domain. Rather than going to each individual website, you can use the “site:” operator to freely move and search and/or exclude domains from your search. The Google search query can be written as follows:

  • site:<URL>

Note: Do not include a space between “site:” and the domain. The following are examples of how the site: operator works by itself and with other search operators. Continue reading

Google Genealogy: Range Search Operators

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

The range search operators provide the ability to search information created between specific time periods. Details follow:

(..) Number Range Operator
Use the (..) number range search operator to search for documents/pages that contain numbers within a range. You can set numbers ranged for weights, dimensions, prices (dollar currencies only), and so forth. The Google search query can be written as follows:

  • (Text) (#)..(#)
  • (Text) (#)-(#)

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Google Genealogy: phonebook Operator

Google Genealogy
By Barry J. Ewell

Use the “phonebook:” operator to display phonebook listings. Results may vary depending on if the search is done in Google phonebook or Google web. The Google search query can be written as follows:

  • first name (or first initial), last name, city (state is optional)
  • first name (or first initial), last name, state
  • first name (or first initial), last name, area code
  • first name (or first initial), last name, zip code
  • phone number, including area code
  • last name, city, state
  • last name, zip code

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