AncestorSearch: Google Custom Search, v 2.75 ©2019 Randy Majors

Perform a free ancestry search

This free family search engine searches for ancestors using the power of Google Custom search. This genealogy search engine uses Google Custom search enhancements so that you're much more likely to find mentions of ancestors that are otherwise buried in thousands of Google search results. Works equally well for living peoplesearch.

  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 fields.
  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. 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"
  4. 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
  • After clicking the "Run Full Google Search" button, you can edit the search string on the Google Search page that appears (this is useful for adding other Google advanced search strings to 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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