Sunday, August 14, 2011

Stay Alert with Google

Last week I attended Explorinar: Google Alerts for Genealogists on High-Definition Genealogy by Thomas MacEntee. Truth be told I had never heard about Google Alerts and was curious how this tool could help with genealogy research.

Thomas asks the following question:

"Rather than having to go to Google and search every week for the same surnames or other search terms, wouldn’t it be great if Google alerted you of any updated or new sites related to your search? Instead of you going to Google, Google comes to you?"

The answer is a resounding YES! Just think of the time saved by allowing Google Alerts to do the work. Using Google operands you can create a whole host of helpful genealogy based searches.

In fact I have already benefited from setting up various alerts this weekend. Found in my Google Reader were great articles, new blog sites, and several obituaries. One of the best discoveries was an entry on Find-A-Grave for one of my ancestors.

Here are helpful sites for Google Alerts:

Automate Your Google Searches - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Google Alerts - Automated Web Searches for Genealogists - RootsWeb

Using Google Alerts in The 30CD : YouTube Video

Save time by having Google Alerts do your genealogy searching.


  1. Although I do use google alerts, I don't use it as much as I should. I'm going to have to give more thought to it. I'm glad you posted this, because I'm becoming aware that there are a lot of people who are unaware of this great feature.

  2. Good point, Deb. Our family first became aware of Google Alerts when our daughter was a high school debater. She learned through her club, and gave Google Alerts a workout! Even though I knew about it, I've yet to let my brain switch tracks and run with it in genealogy, though I see how it can be helpful. Seeing the links and examples gets me thinking...

  3. Jacqi,

    Thanks for the comment. I'm so glad I attended the webinar by Thomas! Already reaping the benefits of allowing Google to do the work. Hope the links help.