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Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 352 pages
Author: D. Lynch
Year: 2009
Other Data: b&w photos, appendixes, index
ISBN: 9780982073711

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: GGB140
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Unlock the hidden power of Google for your genealogy research!

Google is the most powerful tool available worldwide for online research! With over 20 billion pages in Google's index of the Web, it's likely that some of them contain clues about your ancestors. Finding these pages, however, requires an understanding of filtering and other techniques that have never been explained to many computer users — until now! This book shows you how to tap the full potential of the Internet's most powerful free online service!

As the internet's most popular search engine, Google has firmly established itself as an indispensable tool for billions of people worldwide. During the past decade genealogy and family history research have experienced unprecedented growth due in large part to the electronic availability of family records via the Internet. This book explains how to use the many powerful capabilities contained within Google to jumpstart a family history search - and does so in simple, easy-to-understand language.

This book teaches you how to:

  • Use Basic and Advanced search operators to filter results
  • Find published information about your family history using dozens of powerful techniques
  • Discover visuals to help illustrate your family story using Google Images and Video
  • Explore your ancestral homeland - from countryside to neighbourhood - with Google Maps and Google Earth
  • Conduct research in historical newspapers using Google News Archive
  • Set up automated searches using Google Alerts
  • Use Language Tools to find and translate foreign content
  • Make the most of the top free websites for genealogy

The contents of this new book will help you understand and use dozens of specialized commands to dramatically improve your search skills. Many of these commands seem custom built to help with our pursuit of our family heritage. The great news is that most are easy to master and perfectly suited for finding people, places, and events. A special command even lets you narrow results by date range to filter results more quickly.

For more information and reviews, please go to the Google Your Family Tree website.

1. Search Engine Basics
- The foundation for all Google searches, this chapter described basic functionality, screen layout, use of keywords, basic commands, and syntax
2. Interpreting Web Search Results
- The anatomy of Google Web Search results and the powerful commands that can be accessed from links appearing within your search results
3. Advanced Search Techniques
- A detailed description of advanced search techniques, both command-line entries as well as those used in the Advanced Search Form
4. Language Tools
- Using the foreign language capabilities of Google, including automatic language translation, International content search, and Google's offerings worldwide
5. Google Books
- Tapping the content archives found within Google's growing online digital library and tips for using these book in your family history research
6. Google News Archive
- Stepping beyond the current-day news into the rich historical new archive, learn to use the time line feature to quickly sort through historical results
7. Blog Search
- An in-depth look at searching through and using blog postings as an effective means to conduct your family history research
8. Images and Video
- Bring your research to life with pictures and video by learning special tips for getting the most value from Google's image and video archive
9. Google Alerts
- Search while you sleep! Discussion and step-by-step instructions for using Alerts to make Google work as hard as you do in finding your ancestors
10. Google Maps
- A look at the indispensable tool for researching places and the unique integration with Google Local and Street View
11. Google Earth
- An in-depth look at one of the most addictive of all Google application, you'll be able to "travel" to the home of your ancestors and anywhere else you desire
12. Google Notebook
- Google Notebook enables you to keep your research organized and available - even when performed on different computers - and easily shared with others
13. The Google Toolbar and Google Chrome
- An optional add-on requiring download and installation, the Google Toolbar offers a host of one-click wonders; also includes brief mention of Google Chrome
14. Other Tips and Tricks
- More than a dozen additional features of Google that are too good to ignore, even if they don't have a direct connection to genealogy research
Appendix A. Getting Started in Genealogy: A condensed step-by-step guide for those just starting to trace their family tree
Appendix B. Top Sites for Genealogists: An overview of the leading free and fee-based websites for genealogy, including a top-ten favourites list and dozens of other useful resources from around the world
Appendix C. Other Internet Search Engines: A look at the useful features of more than a dozen of Web search engines
Appendix D. Web Search Engine Defined: The history and evolution of Internet Search Engines, courtesy of Wikipedia
Appendix E. Syntax Summary and Quick Reference: A concise listing of Google commands and syntax with examples of their use for genealogy

"Easily the most important technology book for genealogists written in more than a decade. This is a must read for anyone using the Internet - for family history or any other reason!" - Dan Taggart, Co-Founder,

"Dan Lynch has done a splendid job of unlocking the power of Google, sometimes showing us how to use basic tools more effectively and other times by revealing lesser known features of Google. With Lynch's book, mastery of Google has finally become possible" - Halvoor Moorshead, Founder, Moorshead Magazines

"Dan Lynch has written an excellent new book called Google Your Family Tree. I have now had a chance to read it twice and must say that I am even more impressed with the second reading than I was with the first .... I thought I was a Google expert, fully familiar with the search engine's operation. However, I learned a number of new tricks by reading Dan Lynch's book. I bet you will also. If you want to conduct more effective searches on Google, be it about genealogy or nearly any other topic, reading Google Your Family Tree will increase your expertise." - Dick Eastman, Editor, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

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