A Genealogy Guide to 130+ Google Search Engines
To get the most out of any Google search for your ancestors, it is necessary to understand how Google works. An important consideration is to realize that Google runs different search engines in different parts of the world. For example, Google.com is the search engine for the United States, Google.ca is used for Canada, while Google.co.uk is the search engine for the United Kingdom. In total, there are over 130 different Google search engines.
Most people don't realize the choice of Google search engine has a profound impact on the search results that are delivered to you. Choose the right Google search engine when searching for your ancestors and you will get good results. Choose the wrong one and you will almost certainly come up empty handed. In this article, we show you how to choose the right Google search engine.
The following simple example demonstrates the power of using the right Google search engine. Suppose you are looking for a generic John Smith. What could be easier than typing "John Smith" into a search engine? Most people assume that Google.com and Google.co.uk will give you the same search results for the same query. Not true! Sometimes, the search results are not even close, as shown below.
Search results for John Smith from Google.com
Search results for John Smith from Google.co.uk
Notice the two search results are different even though it is the exact same search? Now imagine what would happen if you were to perform an ancestral search on different Google search engines. The results could easily be different.