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15 May 2009, "Beyond Google: Advanced Internet Search Tips and Tricks," NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC, Session F-309

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  • Beyond Google: Advanced Internet Search Tips & Tricks
    NGS FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE, 2009
    Raleigh, NC
    JORDAN JONES
    E-mail: jordan@genealogymedia.com
    Web: genealogymedia.com
    Blog: genealogymedia.com/blog/
  • ONE MUST START WITH A DISCUSSION OF ACCESS …
    1 – Access: Search and Navigation
  • The Librarian’s Definition
    “The availability of or permission to use records.”
    – Archives & Records Management Handbook, Oregon State U., http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives/handbook/definitions/
    “… the purpose of librarianship – enabling people to identify, locate, and use the information that will meet their … needs.”
    – The Information Professional’s Glossary, SIRLS, Arizona State U., http://www.sir.arizona.edu/resources/glossary.html
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  • The Web Technologist’s Definition
    • For web sites, access similarly describes the permission and ability for people to “identify, locate, and use information.”
    • In July 2008, Google’s search bots had reached 1 trillion unique URLs (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/we-knew-web-was-big.html).
    So with this much content, how do you access the genealogical information you’re looking for?
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  • Web Access
    Navigation – That is, clicking through a pre-defined path in a website to find the information you need.
    A good navigation path is like a searchlight in fog.
    Search – Search is especially helpful:
    If you do not even know what website to use, or
    If you need to find information on a website and do not know how to navigate to the information.
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  • Design for Access
    A good web designer will focus on improving customer success through both paths (search and navigation) to the information
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  • How search Engines work,
    and kinds of searches
    2 – Search
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  • How Search Engines Work
    • Web-Crawling “Spiders”The search engine has computer programs “crawl” through all the links on the web
    • CachingSome web search applications (such as Google) store (cache) all the pages they crawl
    • IndexingThe search engine creates and manages an index of all the words found on the pages crawled
    • RankingLinks delivered are ranked in terms of relevance, popularity, authoritativeness and other criteria: The Secret Sauce.
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  • The Search Cycle
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  • Word Searches
    • Word (Implicit AND)If you list two words, such as Jane Graham, find pages that include “Jane” and “Graham”.Google/Yahoo: Jane Graham
    • Word (Explicit Inclusion) Google includes plurals and synonyms in searches; both Google and Yahoo ignore common words.
    • To instead ignore plurals and synonyms on Google
    • To include common words on both Yahoo and Google, preface a term with a plus (+) sign.
    Google: Jane Graham +genealogy
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  • Phrase and Boolean Searches
    • Phrase Find pages that include “Jane Graham”Google/Yahoo: “Jane Graham” Often, you would use this with the Boolean OR command
    • Boolean ORFor both Google and Yahoo, OR must be in all caps.Google/Yahoo: “Jane Graham” OR “Graham Jane”
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  • Proximity Searches
    • Proximity / WildcardFind pages where “Jane” is near “Graham”.Google: Jane * Graham OR Graham * Jane [where * = up to 2 words]
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  • Yahoo & Google Search Shortcuts
    Yahoo Shortcuts are pre-coded quick ways to get specific kinds of information:
    http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/search/basics/
    Google Search Features operate in a similar way:
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html
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  • Example Yahoo & Google Search Shortcuts
    • defineGet a dictionary definition of a termYahoo/Google: define genealogy
    • factsProvides the Columbia Encyclopedia entry along with other search resultsYahoo: Sir Walter Raleigh facts
    • convertConverts one unit of measure (weight, measures, temperatures) to anotherYahoo/Google: convert 28 lbs to stones or 150 USD in EUR
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  • Example Yahoo & Google Search Shortcuts
    • area codeFind an area code for a localeYahoo: Raleigh area code Yahoo/Google: 919
    • zip codeProvides the Zip Code or Codes for an areasYahoo: Raleigh zip code
    • Local search Yahoo/Google: cemetery Raleigh or cemetery 27601
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  • Advanced Searches
    Synonym or “like”Limit results to pages including synonyms of your search term or phrase. Google: “Jane Graham” OR “Graham Jane” ~genealogy
    WildcardsExpand results to allow wildcards (*_?) to replace one or more characters or words. The use of wildcards varies widely from site to site. Google: * stands for up to two words
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  • Site- and Domain-Class-Specific Searches
    Site-specific Limit results to pages on a specific site Google/Yahoo: site:usgenweb.org
    Site-class specificLimit results to pages in a certain domain class, such as .org or .govGoogle/Yahoo: site:.org
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  • Exclude Sites / Soundex
    Exclude Specific Site Find pages, but exclude a specific site.Google/Yahoo: Gregg –site:www.usgennet.org
    Soundex – Available on many genealogy websites, and not only for census records.
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  • Exclude Words and Phrases
    Exclude WordLimit results by excluding pages that include a particular word. Google: –murder
    Exclude PhraseLimit results by excluding pages that include a particular phrase. Google: –“Jane Graham”
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  • Most Sites Have Search Tips
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    Read the Tips
  • Follow a predictable path for Predictable Results
    3 – Search Methodology
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  • Search Methodology
    Look for advanced search pages Yahoo: http://search.yahoo.com/web/advancedGoogle: http://www.google.com/advanced_search
    Read the site’s search guidelines
    Yahoo: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/search/Google: http://www.google.com/support/websearch/
    Experiment!
    If your search fails to yield results, map out strategies to refine searches to be either more or less specific
    Plan your more complex Internet searches the way you would plan a trip to a major repository
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  • Google Advanced Search
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  • Google Advanced Search Additional Items
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  • Yahoo Advanced Search
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  • Google Alerts
    You can have Google search in the background and send results on a regular basis:
    http://www.google.com/alerts/
    Search News, Blogs, Web, Video, Groups or Comprehesive
    Get results when Google finds them (“as-it-happens”), daily or weekly
    Results are delivered to your e-mail
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  • Google Alerts
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  • Using a search engine to its Potential
    4 – A Sample Search
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  • Finding Jane Graham
    Facts: Jane Graham, was born in 1811 and died unmarried in 1854. She lived her life in Monroe County, VA (now WV).
    Q: How do I search for her?
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    A: By increasing the specificity of my search.
  • Jane Graham (1.45 Million)
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  • “Jane Graham” (50,600)
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  • “Jane Graham” “Monroe County” (287)
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  • “Jane Graham” “Monroe County” 1854 (193)
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  • “Jane Graham” “Monroe County” 1811..1854 (1o5)
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  • Google Page Date Search
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    Expandable Portion of Advanced Search Window for Page Date, Numeric Range and other settings
  • “Jane Graham” “Monroe County” 1811..1854 This Year (28)
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  • A Caveat About “Page Date” Searches on Google
    Stephen Morse points out that Google is really tracking when they indexed a page, not when the page was last modified.
    Probably a better search for the age of a web page is Stephen Morse’s:
    http://stevemorse.org/google/googledate.html
    But, even this can be deceptive, as any changes on a page would cause it to appear modified, and this will not apply to database-driven pages.
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  • Site-specific search on Google and Yahoo and searches at Newspaperarchive.com and footnote
    4 – Additional Search Examples
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  • Searching a Specific Site
    Say I want to know all of the mentions of the surname “Gregg” on the US GenNet site for Nance County, NE
    http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/nance/
    • Google/Yahoo:
    Gregg site:www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/nance/
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  • Results of the Site-Specific Search
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  • NewspaperArchive.com Basic Search
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    Jane Graham
  • NewspaperArchive.com Basic Search Results
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    3,251 hits
  • NewspaperArchive.com Advanced Search
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    Jane Graham 1853-1855
  • NewspaperArchive.com Advanced Search Results
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  • F00tnote.com Basic Search Results
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    36,602 Hits
  • Footnote Advanced Search
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    Name, Date Range, and Specific Collection
  • Footnote Advanced Search Results
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  • Stephen P. Morse’s One-Step Web Pages
    No discussion of Internet search for genealogists would be complete without a discussion of Stephen Morse’s One-Step Web Pages at:
    http://www.stevemorse.org/
    Morse uses “deep linking” to skip past multiple search pages and get directly to the content.
    One great example is that the One-Step site allows you to search Ancestry (if you have an account) with surnames of fewer than 3 letters. It does this by sending 26 searches for each letter you don’t specify.
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  • Responses to questions received in advance …
    Questions
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  • Other Search Sites of Note
    Microsoft Live Search – http://www.live.com/
    Dogpile – http://www.dogpile.com/
    Google Book Search – http://books.google.com/
    Google Scholar – http://scholar.google.com/
    Google Patent Search – http://www.google.com/patents?hl=en
    Internet Archive (Way Back Machine) – http://www.archive.org/web/web.php
    Live Roots – http://www.liveroots.com/
    WorldCat– http://www.worldcat.org/
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  • Contact
    Jordan Jones
    jordan@genealogymedia.com
    These slides, and the handout, are available at: http://www.genealogymedia.com/talks/