search strategies

11 Mar 2014

Google Search Similar Websites – Tuesday’s Tip

Google Search for Similar Websites sassy jane genealogy google search trickThis Tuesday’s Tip is about how to Google search similar websites, continuing my series on Google Search Tricks.

Google is great – we all know that, and so successful that it’s now not just a brand name, but also a verb and a genericized trademark for searching, like Kleenex for facial tissues.

Just a few tricks turns Google into an even more powerful genealogy research ally. This week:

 Trick 3: Google Search Similar Websites

Interested in finding other content similar to that of your favorite genealogy websites? Use the related: operator in Google. Type related: followed by the website address in the URL field.

For example, you might want to find sites similar to familysearch.org. So the search term would be:

related:familysearch.org

There are 52 results for sites similar to FamilySearch.org:

25 Feb 2014

Genealogy on Facebook List – Tuesday’s Tip

genealogy on facebook list sassy jane genealogyThis Tuesday’s Tip is a new (to me) resource called the Genealogy on Facebook list.

Genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has compiled a list of 3,000+ Facebook genealogy links and updates the list monthly. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, Katherine’s Genealogy on Facebook list is a gold mine of resources.

The list is arranged either by location or subject. Links for locations on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include subject groups that collaborate only on Facebook, and links for existing organizations, libraries, archives, and surname societies.

The German Genealogy research group has been instrumental in advancing my continuing Prussian […]

18 Feb 2014

FamilySearch Place Name Searches – Tuesday’s Tip

This Tuesday’s Tip is about effective FamilySearch place name searches, including how to find related places.

We know the FamilySearch online library catalog is the place to go to find out what microfilm is available for loan in the vast Family History Library collections.

For this tip, although it sounds illogical, choose the original version of the catalog for more search options. The newer version of the catalog has been out for a while, but it’s still labeled as being in “beta” or testing mode, and doesn’t offer this feature.

Follow these steps to find out what records are available for a specific region via the Family History Library:

1. Visit the original catalog here.

FamilySearch Place Name Searches sassy jane genealogy

2. Choose Place Search and enter search term. Then choose View Related Places button […]

14 Jan 2014

Google Search By File Type – Tuesday’s Tip

Google Search By File Type sassy jane genealogy google search trickThis Tuesday’s Tip is about Google Search By File Type, continuing with my new series on Google Search Tricks. Google is great – we all know that, and so successful that it’s become a genericized trademark for searching, like Kleenex for facial tissues. Just a few tricks turns Google into an even more powerful genealogy research ally. This week:

 Trick 2: Google Search By File Type

If you want results in a specific file format, use the modifier “filetype:”. For example, you might want to find only lower-resolution images of World War I soldiers. So the search term would be:

filetype:jpg world war i soldiers

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