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