PeopleSearch

AncestorSearch tool, v 7.2 ©2024 randymajors.org

AncestorSearch

Transform Google Search into your personal genealogy search engine with this free tool


This free family search engine searches for ancestors using the power of Google Search. This free ancestry 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.

NEW! Now you can Filter Search Results to include or exclude search results from People Search sites and Social Media sites.

Try searching for living people using PeopleSearch.



Quick Tips for using this search tool

  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. NEW! Choose any of the Filter Search Results options to EXCLUDE or to INCLUDE ONLY search results from major people search sites and/or social media sites. Read more details below.
  4. NEW! Click the “Set Google Alert” button (near the bottom of the tool) to automatically receive updates when Google Search finds a new page matching your query
  5. Subscribe to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips

NEW!  How to Filter Search Results from People Search sites and Social Media sites

Why would you need a specialized Google Search?

Here are several example uses for a specialized Google Search for ancestors or other people:

  • Efficient Searches: Filter through the vastness of Google results, targeting only those mentions of ancestors or other people, cutting down hours of manual sifting.
  • Personalized Genealogy or People Search Engine: Transform standard Google Search into a dedicated people search or family history tool, diving deep into the web to unearth mentions of your ancestors or other people.
  • Enhanced Search Options: Flexibility to include or exclude results from People Search sites and Social Media platforms based on your requirements.
  • Dynamic PeopleSearch: Explore opportunities to search for living individuals with a deeper Google search.
  • Stay Updated: Set Google Alerts to be notified when new pages matching your genealogy query emerge online.
  • Protect Your Privacy: Identify which People Search sites have your data, and conveniently request to have your information removed via direct links.
  • Filter Out the Noise: Exclude overwhelming results from prevalent social media and other major sites, focusing only on pertinent ancestral information.
  • Social Media Insights: Pinpoint ancestor or individual mentions across major social media platforms’ public pages, offering a broader perspective on their digital footprints.

FAQs for PeopleSearch

How do I search for people with Google?
This people search engine uses the full power of Google search to find mentions of people that are otherwise buried in thousands of search results.
How do I do a free people search?
This people search engine uses the full power of Google search to find mentions of people that are otherwise buried in thousands of search results.
How do I do a Google people search?
This people search tool builds a focused Google advanced search to help you find mentions of people that are otherwise buried in thousands of search results.
How can I find people for free?
This search engine for people uses the full power of Google search to find mentions of people that are otherwise buried in thousands of search results. Read the section above on how to Filter Search Results from People Search sites and Social Media sites.

TIPS FOR THE POWER USER:
  • 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 “site:wikipedia.org” (without the quotes), or to EXCLUDE search results from a particular website, type “-site:wikipedia.org” (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):
    -site:wikipedia.com -“saratoga springs” -albany
    The above example excludes search results from wikipedia.com 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”
  • 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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