On this page, as I write, there is an advertisement for the book, 'Google your family tree'. (Actually the link does not work...)
"Google is the most powerful tool available worldwide for online research!" says the blurb. It continues, "With over 20 billion pages in Google's index of the Web, it's likely that some of them contain clues about your ancestors. Finding these pages, however, requires an understanding of filtering and other techniques that have never been explained to many computer users — until now! This book shows you how to tap the full potential of the Internet's most powerful free online service!"
Many of us do use Google as our first port of call, but is it the best option for us? And what are the alternatives?
It depends, I think, on what we are looking for. For genealogists, people, places, dates, events, and data types will be among the most useful elements when structuring a query. One would have thought that the Google directory
would be a useful place to look, but is sadly disappointing. Places such as Cyndi's Lis
t are far superior.
Without a doubt, Google Books
provides an invaluable tool which I have not seen replicated elsewhere. Google Maps
is not so great for finding small locations, and Google images
is certainly matched by other search engines. But that is my opinion!
Does anyone have other preferred options? My vote goes to Cuil.com
for people searches.