GenealogyInTime has an interesting article highlighting some Google search tips. You may have read my article on the trouble at Google with privacy laws and their recent privacy change, which will negatively impact your genealogy research. As you’ve probably heard by now that the information from Google+, Chrome,and Gmail is now being used to affect your Google search results.
The article discusses how ancestral records are clustered at the outer periphery of the Internet and the way search engines’ work by usage. It’s a fact that more searches are performed by people looking for a restaurant or a service and this skews any outcomes. People search statistics are a surprisingly low 8% and this includes searches for celebrities.
You may not have heard of a Google Encrypted Search, which is an excellent alternative and is a free service provided by Google. This option is better for people who want to find their ancestors, yet it looks the same and performs like a regular search.
Search queries are entered anonymously into Google Encrypted Search and, because it’s encrypted, protects your online privacy. Your search is not distorted because of your searches for other products and services and you’ll actually have a better chance of finding ancestral records that reside on the periphery of the internet.
GenealogyInTime also recommends a search engine called DuckDuckGo. It’s described as an interesting and powerful search engine. I like the way the results are set up and it’s good for finding people as long as you remember to use quotes around the name. I think regular use will help you learn its strengths.
Then there’s Googawho. This is a web-based search tool that gives you a fast and complete way to search the web and the company is apparently not interested in finding out a bunch of stuff about you. It’s a great tool for finding websites, images and news results from several well-known search engines at random side-by-side. I’ve tried it and it works for me.
The recent changes to Google prevents Googawho from allowing you to compare its content, but the Googawho Tabulizer will let you launch your search in Google for comparison in another tab.
Which do you prefer–Google maps or Yahoo maps? You may have found that some locations are better on one than the other depending on the location. GenealogyInTime has traked down a website on the internet where you can compare Google Maps and Yahoo Maps side by side. It’s amazing what’s out there.
Here’s a list of links to the sites discussed in this article: