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Published: Saturday, Aug. 10 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Susan Roylance

Thank you for this concise list of different ways to use Google to search for genealogy information. I actually have the book, but this list was very helpful!

Zadruga Guy
West Jordan, UT

The source that Ewell copied his suggestions from is out of date. For example, the tilde character can no longer be used to search for related terms. For better or worse, Google decided to get rid of it. Google "google tilde" to get all the details.


Regarding searching for missing text strings, the Google search help page gives the symbol to use for this as an asterisk (*). So for the example given in the article the correct string would be: Payson *ut.
The section about repeating searches using different search engines lists vivismo.com as a search engine site. This is incorrect, the name of that search engine is misspelled, the correct spelling is vivisimo. Clicking the link in the article takes you to a page offering to sell the domain name vivismo.com. In addition to being incorrectly spelled, the information is also out of date. Entering the correct spelling vivisimo.com in your browser address bar will not display a search engine page, but will display a page that says Vivisimo is now part of IBM and offers to sell the technology now known as InfoSphere Data Explorer for use in business applications. Although vivisimo.com no longer provides a search engine at that URL the search technology it once provided is still available, the meta-search engine Yippy.com mentioned in the next paragraph uses Vivisimo technology to perform searches.
Another meta-search engine that is not mentioned is DuckDuckGo (duckduckgo.com).


Several browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari that I am aware of, there may be others, but Opera is not one of them) allow the search engine that is used by the search tool in the menu bar to be customized. Adding several of the search engines mentioned in the article to the list available is fairly easily done by selecting the manage search engines entry that appears in the drop-down menu when the magnifying glass icon at the left side of the tool is clicked.
In the section on setting target timeframes you indicate this is done by putting a period between the two years, however the Google help page indicates that this done by putting two periods between the two numbers.

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