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

The “phonebook” operator can be displayed in three ways:

  • phonebook: (search for business and residential listings)
  • bphonebook: (add a “b” to the front of the phonebook: to search for only business listings)
  • rphonebook: (add a “r” to the front of phonebook: to search only residential listings)

Searching by the first initial may result in false information. Most entries include first names spelled out. When in doubt, search by last name only. Adding city and state information is optional

Queries can be entered in various ways:

  • phonebook:John Jones, Saginaw (first name last name, city)
  • phonebook:D Bright, Jones, Charleston (first initial, last name, city)
  • phonebook:Cathern Kelly, 503 (first name, last name, area code)
  • phonebook:Fallison, 212 (first initial, last name, area code)
  • phonebook:Gordon Beckstead 89121 (first name, last name, area code)
  • phonebook:S Bird 30184 (first initial, last name, area code)
  • phonebook:Brackenbury Sarasota fl 89121 (last name, city, state, zip code)
  • phonebook:Higbee 46012 (last name, zip code)
  • phonebook:914-555-1212 (phone number, including area code)

Suggestions for using the business bphonebook: operator follow:

  • bphonebook:hardware Salt Lake City UT (search for a hardware store)

Use Google’s business phonebook to find non-residential contact info
Use Google’s Business Phonebook (bphonebook) to locate phone numbers, addresses, maps, and even aerial and street- level photos of businesses that relate to your ancestors in a geographic area. Example: bphonebook: baptist, boise, idaho.