Monday, February 9, 2009

Google Your Family Tree - Part 2

Having read chapters three and four of this book by Daniel M. Lynch, I thought it was time to give you another update.

Have you bought this book yet? If not I highly recommend that you do! Chapter three covers advance searching in Google. I learned so many more search techniques and commands. Well, I read about them, and now I think I need to make a cheat sheet in order to practice and remember all of them! I had never used the advanced search before so this was very interesting and productive information.

I haven't played with all of the options yet, but plan to do so before moving on in the book. I recommend you read the book from beginning to end and not jump around in the book, as I know some people do. The reason for this is because the book builds on what you know and you will have a better understanding and reasoning of putting together great queries. You will find some commands you can use with Google, but not with the advanced search option. Also, find out some special searches you can do, genealogy related, and not!

Chapter four covers language tools. Have you researched to the point where another language comes into play? This chapter tells you about finding the language tools page and the break down of understanding the page. It helps you in searching and translating into different languages, what the results mean, and the clues that can be found. It talks about a special part of the Google tool bar, Google worldwide, and "special relevance's" for genealogists. I happen to need translation of a letter written in Norwegian, so when my play time comes for this chapter, you bet I will practice also with this letter!

I am really learning so much information about Google from this book, I thank Daniel M. Lynch for writing it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Msteri



8 comments:

  1. I have been hearing a lot about this book, so I guess I'll have to break down and buy it. It will be especially interesting to see what he has to say about online translation tools.

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  2. Hi Greta,

    I have only read through the first four chapters and I have learned so much. I can't imagine what else there is in the rest of the book. I think it is money very well spent. Thank you for your comment.

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  3. I agree---as I've taken my Dad to doctor appointments weekly, Ive taken this book to read while I'm in the waiting rooms! I've also read Chapters 1-3 and LOVE the book. I recommended it to friends and the Director at our local Family History Center. He got 2 copies. Someday we'll wonder how we ever searched without it. It's a "must have" in my opinion.

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  4. Oh Becky, we are about in the same place in the book! How great you have a time and place to read it. I hope your father is doing well. I love the book and agree it is a "must have." Well said!

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  5. Sounds like I need to get the book too! I am going to order it this week, I know I will learn so much from it, I look forward to reading it.... thank you Mysteri.

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  6. Trust me Gini, you will learn a lot from it, and you won't be disappointed! Glad to hear you are ordering it!

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  7. Just wanted to thank you all for such kind comments about my book. It has been very gratifying to hear from so many fellow family history enthusiasts and know that I've helped connect you/them with information about your family story.

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  8. Hi Dan,

    Enjoying the book very much and learning a lot, thank you! In fact this reminds me that I am ready to move on in the book. Thank you for the comment!

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