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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