AncestorSearch tool, v 6.6 ©2021


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.

NEW!  Let this FREE tool do the location work for you as you search on and

U.S. county boundaries have changed over 17,600 times since America was settled in colonial times. Don’t sabotage your search for ancestors by not knowing the correct county for the historical years you are researching.

While searching on Ancestry and FamilySearch, the free Historical U.S. Counties Auto-Checker extension for Google Chrome automatically checks that the county existed in the year you are searching, warns of boundary changes, and links to historical county lines on Google Maps for the place and years you are searching!

Install for free today and never let an ancestor fall of the map again!

  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 in the top header to receive notification of tool updates and usage tips

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

FAQs for this tool

  • 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 “” (without the quotes), or to EXCLUDE search results from a particular website, type “” (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): -“saratoga springs” -albany
    The above example excludes search results from 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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Also, check out the Historical U.S. Counties on Google 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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