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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Google Genealogy: define Operator

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

Use the “define:” operator to get the definitions of words, phrases, and acronyms from various web sources. The operator can be used with “define:” or without the colon “define.” You will begin the query with “cache:.” The Google search query can be written as follows:

  • define: (Text)
  • define (Text)

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Google Genealogy: cache Operator

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

Use the “cache:” operator to see a cached version of a website/page. The search engine keeps the text of many documents that it crawls in a backed up format known as “cache.” You will begin the query with “cache:.” The Google search query can be written as follows:

  • cache:<URL>

Make sure there is no space between “cache:” and the following url. When you use this search operator, Google provides a cached version of a website as it exactly appeared the last time it was crawled. The cached page will also include a message letting you know that you are looking at a cached version of the page. The following is an example of how to use the operator.

  • cache:genealogybybarry.com

If you include words in addition to the website URL, the words will be highlighted within the cached document. For example:

  • cache:genealogybybarry.com genealogy google beginning

I find this operator very useful when I find a page where the server is down or a document/webpage I am searching for is no longer available.