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Genealogist’s Google Cheat Sheet


The Genealogist’s Google Cheat Sheet will help you use the power of Google to discover genealogy and ancestor information online. Make the most of Google’s free tools including Search, Translate, Books, News Archive, Images, Patent Search and more.


Google is a powerful tool for discovering online information about your ancestors. And searching the web isn’t Google’s only strength: It’s packed with other free features to enhance your family history research. This cheat sheet will help you make the most of Google’s free genealogy tools and records with at-a-glance charts, tips, tricks and example searches you need to research your family history online.


The Genealogists Google Cheat Sheet is a six-page PDF download enhanced with hyperlinks so you can click right through to try the recommended strategies. It gives you:

  • Google search operators chart with example searches
  • Google search syntaxes chart with example searches
  • Google reference tools chart
  • Quick links to useful Google tools and web pages
  • Sample search strategy to find an ancestor using Google
  • How to find old records and photos with Google Books, News Archive, Images and Patents
  • Model source citations for information found via Google Books and News Archive
  • Google Translate guide
  • Tips for using Google+, Picasa, Maps, Earth, Drive and other free Google tools
  • Resources for learning more about Google’s tools

Once you download the Genealogists Google Cheat Sheet, you’ll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Reader software, to open it. Adobe Reader is available for both Macs and Windows computers.

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