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Tips for Searching Google

This is a walkthrough to explain the search syntaxes (formats) that can be used when looking for whakapapa. All of these tips and tricks can be used for searching for anything, but for the purpose of this article, the examples are whakapapa related.

If you go to Google and put whakapapa in the search box, you will get many results including ski fields. As we are looking for whakapapa (genealogy) and not ski fields, we need to remove the ski fields from the results. To do this we put a minus sign in front of ski.

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski

We now decide that we want to find whakapapa names, we add a plus sign then names. For the purpose of this article I have used (t) for the plus sign as it does not come out here (clashes with code)

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski (t)names

We now decide that we want to find lists of names and indexes of names. For this purpose, instead of adding (t)lists (t)indexes we use the tilde in front of either of those words, as the tilde tells the search engine to find words that are similar. The tilde is found above the TAB and to the left of the 1 on the keyboard. Use the singular word and the the tilde will also find the plurals.

(Remember the (t) is in place of the plus sign)

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski (t)names ~index

Another word to use the tilde in front of is genealogy as then the search results will pick up all spelling variations.

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Searching For Names.

We now move onto the search techniques for names. By using double speechmarks about words, it tells the search engine that this combination must be together. By not using double speechmarks, the words can be anywhere.

Our search criteria in the box will be "Firstname Surname" (replace Firstname Surname with any names you want.)

This search technique will not find any records where the person has a middle name on a page, so to get around that, we use the askterick as a wild card.

Our search criteria in the box will now be "Firstname * Surname"

In some sites, names are listed Surname, Firstname and the above search will not find these ones, so we add to our search criteria.

Our search criteria in the box will now be "Firstname * Surname" OR "Surname * Firstname"

The OR tells the search engine to find all pages with "Firstname * Surname" OR "Surname * Firstname"

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Search Senario 1 We know the name of a person and their spouse, so we want to find any information on them.

Our search criteria in the box will be "Firstname * Surname" OR "Surname * Firstname" "SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname"

We do not put the OR before the "SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname" as we want to records to have both names in it.

You can replace the "SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname" with "ParentFirstname * ParentSurname" if you know the person and their parent

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Search Senario 2

We know the name of a person and where they were born.

Our search criteria in the box will be "Firstname * Surname" OR "Surname * Firstname" (t)PlaceName

(Remember the (t) is in place of the plus sign)

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In conclusion, if this is a bit confusing for you, click on the link below that has a whakapapa form that you can fill out and it will build your searches for you.

Enjoy!

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