Google still remains the Big One for Internet searches, but these are alternatives, both focusing exclusively on genealogy:
GenealogyInTime™ – one of the top 3 online genealogy magazines in the world. Everything is free. The website contains powerful search engines, listings of the latest genealogy records, in-depth articles and many helpful tools and resources. www.genealogyintime.com
Mocavo™ -- "the world's largest free genealogy search engine." Includes blogs and family trees in their searchable database.
Google Search Suggestions
(prepared as a handout for a Story County Genealogical Society meeting)
To limit your search to a particular site: <search term> site:URL of site
"Duff" "Sheldon" site:www.amespubliclibrary.org
Additional Worthwhile Google tools:
Can search for telephone numbers by using this search:
<name> zip code
Can bring up a calendar by typing:
Can perform simple calculations by entering
15 km is ? Miles
Google can serve a dictionary function:
Google has a translation tool, listed under Language Tools by the search box. This is a machine translation, but will give you a rough idea of the document. Can translate (35 languages) a word, phrase or webpage.
Advantages of having a Google account:
All of these features are available from any computer once you are online:
gmail: excellent spam filter, unlimited storage.
iGoolge: personalized webpage
Picasa: online storage of pictures. Great if you are using digital camera. Save lots of space on your computer hard drive. Easy to share photos with friends and family.
Google Docs: a word processor, great for creating documents
Calendar: can be kept private or shared with others
Google Videochat: with a webcam, it's possible to talk with someone else on the Internet, even in Kenya as my husband and I did when our daughter was there for several weeks. There is no charge and the connection was actually better than a telephone call.
Google Earth: locate the village of town of your ancestors (in living color!)
Google alerts: let Google search for your ancestors while you sleep! Set up an “alert” with your search terms and you will receive an email notification when results matching your search are found.
Google Blogs, Videos, etc. Too many to list! Best idea is to sign up and explore what is waiting for you!