Google Genealogy: Six Steps to Searching Luxembourg / Luxembourger Ancestry Online

Google GenealogyBy Barry J. Ewell

This article is designed to get you started with your genealogy and family history research for Luxembourg / Luxembourger 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: 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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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