Revisiting an old blog post today, on Day 26 of Family History Month, try a country-specific Google Search for your genealogy searches. Searching as if you were actually in a certain country can result in different search returns.
By default, Google searches are localized and you’ll get different results based on where you’re located. But you can tell Google to perform searches as if you were in a different locale.
If you live in the United States but are searching for an ancestor in Ireland, select the Ireland Google Search Engine from the table below for your research.
When I searched for my ancestor “Edward M. Morphy” at google.com, I had 155 search results (image below).
When I search for my ancestor, “Edward M. Morphy” at google.ie (Google Ireland), I receive 2,250 search results (image below). (I also get a privacy warning. If you search in another country it appears that Google is required to post a privacy warning letting you know they’re gathering search information from you.)
Also, when you search Google as if you were in a different country, Google will offer to let you search in the native language. For Google.ie, Google offers to let me see the results in Gaelic. And if you input your search in Gaelic, by default your results will be in Gaelic.
Best in your searches!
List of Google Domains. (2017, March 14). Retrieved March 21, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google_domains