AncestorSearch on Google Search

AncestorSearch on Google Search, v 3.31 ©2020 Randy Majors

Perform a free ancestry search

This free family search engine searches for ancestors using the power of Google Search. This genealogy search engine uses Google Search enhancements so that you're much more likely to find mentions of ancestors that are otherwise buried in thousands of Google search results. Try searching for living people using PeopleSearch on Google Search.

  1. Type in as many search criteria as you want. Use of alternate names, a second person, place, or year are all optional. You can also optionally filter on marriages, births, and deaths.
    TIP: Use the tab key to save time moving between input boxes
  2. Click the "Run Full Google Search" button to run your search (or just press the Enter key)
    Search results appear in a new tab; close that new tab to go back and refine your search
  3. Subscribe in the top header to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips

  • Shortcut keys: Use the Tab key to move to the next field, and press the Enter key to run the full search
  • Don't worry about upper case or lower case; Google Search is not case-sensitive
  • Use the "Other search terms" input box at the bottom of the form to add additional search terms:
    For example, to ONLY search one website, type "" (without the quotes), or to EXCLUDE search results from a particular website, type "" (without the quotes)
    Also, multiple terms can be used in the "Other search terms" input box to add Google advanced search strings to your search, such as this (typed exactly as shown here): -"colorado springs" -denver
    The above example excludes search results from and excludes search results that contain the phrase "colorado springs" and excludes search results that contain the word denver
  • If you get too many search results, try checking the box "Only return search results where persons' names are within 10 words of each other"
  • If you are getting inundated with search results from the major people finder websites, check "Exclude search results from the major people finder search tools" to skip searching those sites
  • After clicking the "Run Full Google Search" button, you can edit the search string on the Google Search page that appears, or just close that tab to go back and refine your search

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Also, check out the Historical U.S. 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.

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