Saturday, June 5, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Feeling Lucky?

Hey genealogy enthusiasts - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

4) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, as a comment to this post, or as a Note or comment on Facebook.

Here's mine (search terms in brackets [ ]):

* [randy seaver] = (my website)

* [chula vista] = (city website)

* [chula vista genealogy] = (local society website)

* [chula vista cemetery] = (National City cemetery website, not in Chula Vista, but nearby)

* [genealogy] = (not unexpected)

* [geneology] = (huh?)

* [genealogy free] = (interesting)

* [free genealogy] = (interesting - word order makes a difference!)

* [genealogy fun] = (how disappointing!)

* [geneaholic] = (yes!)

* [professional genealogy] = (expected result)

* [genealogy software] =

* [lucky genealogist] =

* [sexy genealogist] =

* [genealogy success] =

* [genealogy failure] = (excellent article by Michael Hait!)

What did I learn?

* The more times you put your name, or key search terms, online, the better chances of having your site come up on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button

* Word order in a search can make a difference

* I need to work more words like "success," "best," "fantastic," "sexy," "expert," and "learned" into my blog posts near the words "genealogy" or "genealogist," even if they don't refer to me!


Darlene said...

I am surprised you didn't try "saturday night genealogy fun" or "sngf". Using the first one, comes up first although pointing to an August 2009 post. SNGF points to the geneablogger site as the fourth hit, but where Thomas was referencing one of the SNGF events from Nov 2009. The third hit is also referencing one of the SNGF events from Geneamusings .

Carol said...

Interesting, had not tried the "lucky" button before. Using key words from my blog names, my blogs did come up. Gonna have to remember that more. Thanx

Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

I found it interesting that "genealogy conferences" give different results form "conferences genealogy". I never think to use the Feeling Lucky button.