I know that when you think about your Mexican Ancestors you do not think about Google. I hope that this post will change that, next time you want to discover an ancestor I want you to automatically think about Google and it’s various search capabilities.
In recent years Google has become a power resource specially for genealogist and hobbyists alike. More than 70 percent of all internet users search Google and it is also the place where millions of websites are indexed.
I have found hundreds of ancestors by just using Google. You might be thinking yeah right Google.
From my own experience I have come out to find hundreds of websites and family histories that have been indexed by Google. Thus when you search for an ancestors name it is very likely that you will find them. If you are lucky you will also find stories and how your ancestors life’s intertwined with history.
Let me also give you a word of caution, if your ancestor does not show up in Google don’t assume that there is no information about him or her. Also use the information you find with caution since it might also be incorrect. What I do is just use it as clues to find original documents or copies of original documents.
Here are the two most helpful tips to use when using Google to help you find your ancestors. Remember you enter these techniques in Google’s Search Box.
To Find Exact Phrase matches Use Quotes
- “Moises Garza“ – This will only return results with Moises Garza.
- “Moises Garza Tanguma“ – This will only return results containing Moises Garza Tanguma.
Go ahead give it a try, this sorts out a lot of insignificant results. For example when you do this you get exat results and not all results for Garza or Moises or Tanguma. Thus, this narrows down the serch for your ancestors.
Searching a Single Site
- site:raullongoria.net francisco rodriguez
You first enter site:followed by a website address and then your ancestors name. The above example shows me searching Raul Longoria’s website for Francisco Rodriguez. This technique will work for all websites ant it is very useful.
Also, let me just let you know that this techniques are more successful when searching for ancestors five to six generations or further back since most of the time someone has already done the research and has posted it online.
Other More Advanced Google Search Options
- For more advanced options you can visit Google Search Operators. I have yet to use these methods but I know that they might be useful to you.
Ancestor Search Using Google Custom Search
Randy Majors has developed a very useful tool to search Google for ancestors and I have used it many times. It simplifies the search entries and you don’t have to remember to enter any special characters as quotes.
- This great tool is available at his website randymajors.com
I hope that you found this post useful and if you did please Share it using the social media buttons bellow. Also let me know about your success stories using Google Search since I would love to read them.