Have you tried genealogy research using Yippy.com?
Yippy.com is a metasearch engine. Technically speaking, Yippy aggregates results, gathering data from many search engines and compiling the results for you. More about metasearches and how they work later. But for now, let’s look at results from genealogy research using Yippy.com and Google.
Yippy Search Results
Yippy lists results for a search on one of my ancestral villages in Prussia (above). Searching “Rawitsch genealogy” delivered 17,000+ results. The left sidebar on Yippy sorts hits into groups (red box above). There, 47 of the most relevant hits are listed by Topics. I can also reorder the search results (yellow box above) by Sources, Sites (.com, org., .net, etc.), or Time (when articles were posted).
As it turns out, a tenacious blogger at sassyjanegenealogy.com (surprise! surprise!) wrote five of those 47 hits about Rawitsch genealogy. But there’s plenty for me to explore in those 42 other hits. And I can always go see all 17,000+ hits…if I have temporarily lost my mind.
Google Search Results
The same search at Google yields 9,500 hits. The results are offered in order of Google’s trade-secret ranking algorithms which they haven’t shared with me personally. According to user studies, a majority of searchers never look past the first page at Google search results. So “curated” results like Yippy’s usually yield more useful hits.
Advantages of Genealogy Research Using Yippy.com
- Broader searches possible
- Reduces the need to search multiple sites individually
- Curates results into four useful categories:
- Eliminates the need to search for websites to search
- Increased possibility of finding relevant new information
New Sassy Jane Guide Coming
I’m working on a new eBook on Research Portals for Genealogy. The new Sassy Jane Guide contains more information on genealogy research using Yippy.com and other metasearch resources. Stay tuned for availability via my free monthly newsletter: