Google 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!
You can always use the “Search Help” function at the bottom of a Google page containing search results to learn more about Google.
But do we really ever? Probably not. So we become satisfied with the results we get even though with a little learning and experimenting we can make our searches on Google even more powerful and productive.
I did come across some very nice “teaching” videos on YouTube that are geared exactly for using Google for your genealogical research. There are a series of these “teaching” videos for you to go through and pick up some Google search tips geared towards genealogical research.
You can do a search within YouTube using the term “google genealogist” to find these great “teaching” tool videos.
Here is the first one that I found in the series at YouTube. I found at least a 5-part series of these videos to learn more about how to use Google for your genealogy research. Each video runs anywhere from about 7 to 10 minutes.
The first one also presents the viewer with some good introductory information on what Google is and what it can offer as services. This is good to know, especially if you do not have a Google Account and may not be aware that Google is far more than just a search engine!
Take a look at it and see what you think.
Our Google searches can always be better but you need to know how to best construct your searches.
Enjoy the above video. I hope to be making future posts about these great videos to help you in your research efforts.
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