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A Quick Tour of the Advanced Search Page

There are a couple of things to note about the Advanced Search page:
• When you enter items on the various lines of the Advanced Search page, Google will construct the full “Googlespeak” query on the top line. This Googlespeak is the actual query that will go to the Google search engine. It is fun watching how Google builds advanced queries, but it is certainly not necessary to know how to do this if you use the Advanced Search page because Google does all the work for you.

genealogy search using Google Advanced Search page
• Google provides their own search tips through the link on the top right of the page. Every so often it is worth reading through these tips because Google is constantly revising their search methodologies.

image showing Google Advanced Search tips
• Google has some topic-specific search engines listed at the bottom of the page. These can be particularly useful if you want to search newspapers (most genealogists do not know this but Google has one of the largest newspaper archives in the world), universities or US government documents. Google continues to add new topic-specific search engines, so it is always worthwhile checking out anything new that may appear from time to time.

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Tip – Pay attention to topic-specific search engines that appear on the bottom of the Advanced Search page. Some of these topic-specific search engines can be very useful to genealogists.

 

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