Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Use the Google Site Search to Find Results on a Specific Website

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Use the Google Site Search capability to find all instances of a search term on one specific website.

How many times have you performed a Google search and then had a hard time finding the search term on the website? 

The solution is to use the Google Site Search capability.  If you want to see all of the matches on a website, then do this:  After your search terms, add the word "site:" and the website URL.

For instance, I wanted to search www.geneamusings.com for the name "Hutchinson" so I entered this string in the Google search field:

hutchinson site:www.geneamusings.com and received 41 matches. 

I wanted to search for the surname McKnew on the www.SFGenealogy site, so I used the string

mcknew site:www.sfgenealogy.com and received 20 matches.

To search the GenForum message boards for a specific name, I entered this string:

"isaac seaver" site:genforum.genealogy.com and found two matches. 

On FamilySearch, a site search with mcknew site:www.familysearch.org finds four entries in the Family History Library Catalog.

A user could also use the Advanced Search form of the Google search site -- http://www.google.com/advanced_search  The last field on the Advanced Search form is to "Search within a site or domain."

Unfortunately, this does not work well on some database sites like Ancestry.com, Footnote.com, FamilySearch.org, etc.  It finds text entries but not database entries.

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