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Ten Innovations in Online Genealogy Search - Part I

Think you know how to do online genealogy searches? Think again! This article provides tools and techniques to allow you to think outside the box when searching online for your ancestors.

The internet is always changing. One thing that never seems to change, however, is the difficulty that people have in conducting efficient online genealogy searches. It trips up almost everyone who looks for their ancestors. As a result, it is perhaps the most common genealogy brickwall problem of all.

Fortunately, we can help. At GenealogyInTime™, we are always finding better ways to help people connect with their ancestors. This article discusses ten innovative approaches you can use to overcome genealogy brickwalls associated with online search.

The methods we discuss in this article are derived from our own experience in designing and setting up dedicated genealogy search engines. This process has provided us with some unique insights that are both powerful and valuable. These insights can be easily translated into techniques you can use to help find your ancestors.

At GenealogyInTime™ magazine, we run the world’s largest free genealogy search engines. We have two search engines to help you. Use the free genealogy search engine if you are looking for ancestral records. Use the free family tree search engine if you want to look through genealogy forums and various family trees posted on the internet.

Combined, our two search engines look through billions of words to find more than 5.0 billion genealogy records. That is a lot of records.

 

Some Background

Before we set up our search engines, we combed through thousands of genealogy websites. The objective of the exercise was to learn how genealogy data is organized and presented on the internet. To put this in perspective, looking through thousands of websites is far more than a typical genealogist would look at over the course of several years.

The net outcome of our study is that it provided us with important information regarding the style, patterns and organization of genealogy data on the internet. We compared this information with our search engine logs that showed how thousands of people actually conducted their genealogy searches.

In many instances, there was a dramatic disconnect between the potential set of records that are available for search and the actual searches that people were conducting. This article is going to try to narrow that gap. We will share with you some of our most important observations in the form of ten insights.

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