Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy

While basic search techniques work on all the major genealogy sites, you need to power up your search skills to get the most out of niche genealogy websites and uncover those hidden record sets!

Summary Details

Length: 60 minutes

Summary: The majority of genealogists begin their research online and often become frustrated with the lack of results. The cause might not be a lack of records at the specific site but the manner in which you’re performing the search! While basic search techniques work on all the major genealogy sites, you need to power up your search skills to get the most out of niche genealogy websites and uncover those hidden record sets!

Description: Participants will learn basic online searching for the major genealogy websites. We’ll progress to understanding specific search parameters for specific sites. Next, we’ll discuss whether it is worth the time to track searches as well as how to keep track of all the best ways of searching for a specific site. Finally, we’ll explore different wildcard characters and search methodology to get the most out of a website.

Audience Level: Beginner.

Requirements: Projection for computer on large screen; internet connection.

Content: 4 pages.

Outline

  • Basics of Online Searching
  • Uncovering the Secret Records for Online Genealogy Sites
  • Should You Track Your Searches?
  • Creating Site-Specific Cheat Sheets for Searching
  • How to Leverage the Power of Wildcards
  • Tips and Tricks for Smarter Searching
  • Resource List

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