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.