Family History Month Day 27 – TinEye Reverse Image Search for Genealogy

        On Day 27 of Family History Month try TinEye for Reverse Image Lookup. If you have an image in your digital files and you don't know the source of the image, you can upload it to TinEye and let them search for a match online. The searches and image returns are free.   "Using TinEye, you can search by image or perform what we call a reverse image search. You can do that by uploading an image, or searching by URL. You can also simply drag and drop your images to start your search."   "TinEye constantly crawls the web and adds images to its index. Today, the TinEye index is over 23.2 billion images."         I had a map in my digital files but didn't label the image with the website where I found the map. I uploaded the image to TinEye and let them search for matches. In the picture below, TinEye found two matches on the internet and the second match, www.antiquemapsandprints.com, was whe…
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Family History Month Day 26 – Try a Country-Specific Google Search

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 priv…
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Family History Month Day 24 – Set Google Alerts

    On Day 24 of Family History Month, let Google do your research and email you the results. You just need to set up some Google Alerts.         I set up a Google Alert for "Family History Month" and here's an example of an email I received (image below).  

      To set up your own alerts, go to https://google.com/alerts. The image below is what you will see when you're on the Google Alerts page. They offer "Alert suggestions" you may want to look through.         Some things you may want to create Google Alerts for include: a family name you're researching, surnames, a surname and "DNA", genealogy, family history, genealogy apps, or even your own name. I've created an alert for an ancestor and put his name in quotation marks so Google will only alert me if the entire name appears as I've typed it in the quotation marks. You can s…
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