Thank you for this concise list of different ways to use Google to search for
genealogy information. I actually have the book, but this list was very
The source that Ewell copied his suggestions from is out of date. For example,
the tilde character can no longer be used to search for related terms. For
better or worse, Google decided to get rid of it. Google "google tilde"
to get all the details.
Regarding searching for missing text strings, the Google search help page gives
the symbol to use for this as an asterisk (*). So for the example given in the
article the correct string would be: Payson *ut.The section about
repeating searches using different search engines lists vivismo.com as a search
engine site. This is incorrect, the name of that search engine is misspelled,
the correct spelling is vivisimo. Clicking the link in the article takes you to
a page offering to sell the domain name vivismo.com. In addition to being
incorrectly spelled, the information is also out of date. Entering the correct
spelling vivisimo.com in your browser address bar will not display a search
engine page, but will display a page that says Vivisimo is now part of IBM and
offers to sell the technology now known as InfoSphere Data Explorer for use in
business applications. Although vivisimo.com no longer provides a search engine
at that URL the search technology it once provided is still available, the
meta-search engine Yippy.com mentioned in the next paragraph uses Vivisimo
technology to perform searches.Another meta-search engine that is not
mentioned is DuckDuckGo (duckduckgo.com).
Several browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari that I am aware of,
there may be others, but Opera is not one of them) allow the search engine that
is used by the search tool in the menu bar to be customized. Adding several of
the search engines mentioned in the article to the list available is fairly
easily done by selecting the manage search engines entry that appears in the
drop-down menu when the magnifying glass icon at the left side of the tool is
clicked.In the section on setting target timeframes you indicate this is
done by putting a period between the two years, however the Google help page
indicates that this done by putting two periods between the two numbers.