AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search

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1. Type in as many search criteria as you want. Use of alternate names, a second person, place, or year are all optional.
2. Check out the preview of your search results as you type. Use this to quickly test alternate name spellings, locations, etc to see how they may impact your search results.
3. Click the "Run Full Google Search" button to run your search. Search results appear in a new window; close that new window to come back and refine your search.
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This tool helps you build a better Google search for finding web pages mentioning your ancestors. It returns a more focused set of search results by using advanced Google search techniques including exact phrases, forward and reverse name order, alternate name spellings, logical operators, and so on. Nothing magical, just a big time-saver!

- Before clicking the "Run Full Google Search" button, you can edit the search string in the long box if you wish (this is useful for adding other Google advanced search strings to your search).
- Shortcut keys: Use the Tab key to move to the next field, and press the Enter key to run the full search.
- This tool works best with Chrome, Firefox, Safari (including iPad), and many other browsers; it may be sluggish with some versions of Internet Explorer.

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Also, check out the Historical County Boundary Maps tool on this website to put your search in the correct historical geographic context. It uses Google Maps to display US County Boundaries from ANY HISTORICAL YEAR. You can then click any county on the map to see the specific history of the boundary changes, and type in different years to see the boundary changes over time.