Using Google Powerfully For Your Genealogy Research (Part 2); Devin Ashby Video On Using Google Alerts And Google Books

Hi Everyone!

Google LogoGoogle is one of the most powerful tools that exists for genealogists and their research.  We feel great when we do some simple searches and get some great results.  But we may be leaving so much more on the table and settling for basics!

I recently made a post noting that there is a wonderful series of YouTube videos put together by Devin Ashby on using Google to get the most out of that search resource when doing your genealogy research.

I want to continue highlighting those videos put together by Devin Ashby.

Here is Part 2 of the five-part series put together by Devin Ashby.  This one runs about 9 minutes.

The developer focuses on using Google Alerts and Google Books in this video.  You can use Google Alerts without having a Google Account because you submit your e-mail address to them when you establish the alert of interest to you.  If you have a Google Account, you receive Alert information within your account.

Google Books is a great source of genealogical information because historical books containing genealogical information might often be outside of the scope of copyright protection, thus making them candidates for digitization within Google Books.

You do not need a Google Account to access and use Google Books.

Take a look and listen to what Devin Ashby says about Google Alerts and Google Books.

Here is the embedded video from YouTube, Part 2 of  Devin Ashby’s series on getting the most out of Google in your genealogical research:

Take a look at it and see what you think.

Enjoy the above video.  I hope to be making future posts about these great videos to help you in your research efforts.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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