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July 13, 2014

Expert offers Google search tips

“Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet” is a marvel, to say the least. Beginning as five or six pages of genealogy website addresses for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society, it grew from a website at www.cyndislist.com with more than 1,000 links on one page to more than 40,000 categorized and cross-referenced links in more than 100 categories — when it also appeared in book form in 1999, oversized with 874 pages. In 2001 a two-volume version accommodated the massive database, and now the online version lists the hundreds of thousands of genealogical links. It surely is a “one-stop shopping” destination for genealogical researchers seeking website addresses on any topic.

The author, Cyndi Ingle (Howells), recently spoke at a webinar sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and mentioned a category on her website, Googling for Your Grandma. At www.cyndislist.com/google the categories include links to Basic Google Tips, Advanced Google Tips and Tools, Google Books, Google Earth, Google for Genealogy (be sure to scroll down to The Google Genealogist — a four-part You Tube video by Devin Ashby), Google Maps, and more.

There are also links to related categories such as www.Ancestry.com’s free databases (one needs to create a free account), lineage-linked databases (including those submitted to FamilySearch), Handy Online Starting Points, and Queries.

Cyndi’s List has been a “trusted genealogy research site for more than 18 years (and) is free for anyone to use and is meant to be your starting points when researching online” with more than 330,000 total links in 205 categories.

Be sure to click the link to Browse New Links to learn of recent additions to the website.

For example, on June 30, there are many links pertaining to Ohio lands, including a link to “The Official Ohio Lands Book,” an 86-page pamphlet (in PDF format) published by Ohio’s auditor of state. This informative booklet, which should be in the library of anyone searching for Ohio ancestors, “presents a comprehensive history of the development of the land … including how boundaries were drawn and land divided … from prehistoric times to 1803,” when Ohio became the 17th state.

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