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PRACTICE

  1. Type the first and last name of your ancestor surrounded by quotation marks in the search box.

    "David Warner"

    NOTE: There is NO SPACE between the quotation marks and the letters in the name.

    Surrounding the name with quotation marks causes Google to treat the name as a phrase. Google will only return Web sites in which the first and last names appear next to one another. This significantly reduces the number of irrelevant results.

  2. If this is a common name, add the name of the town where your ancestor resided (without quotation marks).

    "David Warner"  Saybrook

  3. Click the Google Search button.

  4. Review your results. Click a result of interest OR scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Next to review the next set of results.

  5. Use your browser's Back button to return to the list of results.

  6. Delete the search terms in the search box at the top of the page.

  7. Type the husband's first and last name and the wife's first and last name (use maiden name) surrounded by quotation marks.

    "David Warner"  "Sarah Ward"

  8. Click the Google Search button.

  9. Review your results. Click any links of interest.

  10. Delete the search terms in Google's search box at the top of the page.

  11. Because many Web sites list people with their last name first (e.g., Warner, David), type the last name and THEN the first name surrounded by quotation marks.

    "Warner David"

  12. If this is a common name, add the name of the town or county where your ancestor resided (without quotation marks).

    "Warner David"  Saybrook

  13. Click the Google Search button.


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