The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox – 2nd Edition – now on Sale Thru Monday, March 28

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I have used Lisa Louise Cooke’s 2011 first edition of The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox regularly in the last several years, and found it extremely helpful. This new edition is even more so. When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done. In The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, Lisa helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You’ll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google. A lot has changed since the first edition was published in 2011 (see list at the bottom of this post), and it’s all documented step-by-step in this new edition.

FRPC has again made a special purchase of this volume and is making it available for 15% off at the website – now through Monday, March 28, 2016. Regularly $25, it’s just $21.25. Get yours today. Click on the links or on the illustration to order.

Following is a list of the chapters found in the volume:

  • Introduction, Getting Ready to build Your Family Tree Fast
  • Chapter 1: Search Tools
  • Chapter 2: Basic & Advanced Search
  • Chapter 3: Search Strategies for High-Quality Results
  • Chapter 4: Site Search & Resurrecting Websites
  • Chapter 5: Image Search
  • Chapter 6: Common Surname Searches
  • Chapter 7: Google Alerts
  • Chapter 8: Gmail
  • Chapter 9: Google Books
  • Chapter 10: Google News Archive
  • Chapter 11: Google scholar
  • Chapter 12: Google Patents
  • Chapter 13: Google Translate
  • Chapter 14: YouTube
  • Chapter 15: Google Earth: An Overview
  • Chapter 16: Google Earth: Ancestral Homes & Locations
  • Chapter 17: Google Earth: Organizing & Sharing
  • Chapter 18: Google Earth: Historic Images & Maps
  • Chapter 19: Google Earth: Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead
  • Chapter 20: Google Earth: Adding Family History Content
  • Chapter 21: Google Earth: Family History Tour Maps
  • Appendix: Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

I love this guidebook, and recommend it to anyone who wants to get more use of the online “tools” available to them. Check out the items that are new, expanded or updated in this edition.

  • Google Search: Put an end to fruitless searches forever – UPDATED!
  • Searching Common Surnames – NEW!
  • Google Alerts: Your personal genealogy research assistant – UPDATED!
  • Gmail: Never lose another email – EXPANDED!
  • Google Books: The world’s history at your fingertips – UPDATED!
  • Google News Archives: Free digitized historic newspapers – UPDATED!
  • Google Patents: Research the inventor in your family – NEW!
  • Google Scholar: Explore the world’s most scholarly sources – NEW!
  • Google Translate: Explore foreign language websites – UPDATED!
  • YouTube: Build your own genealogy channel – NEW!
  • Google Earth: Rock Your Ancestor’s World – EXPANDED!

The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 2nd Edition, Revised & Updated; by Lisa Louise Cooke; 2015, Soft Cover; 203 pp; 8.5×11; ISBN: 9780984522903; Item #LU18

Judges Say Google Not Violating Copyright Laws by Publishing Snippets

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The following excerpt is from an article posted October 16, 2015 at the Yahoo website.

Google is not violating copyright laws by digitizing millions of books so it can provide small portions of them to the public, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a decade-long dispute by authors worried that the project would spoil the market for their work. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan agreed with a judge who concluded that the snippets Google showed customers from its database was a transformative use of the information and thus did not violate copyright laws.

Read the full article.

Google’s New, Simplified Patent Search

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Google has announced a new Patent Search aimed at making it easy for researchers to find data.

I knew that my cousin, Charles Roy Meitzler, obtained many patents for medical and surgical equipment during the 1930s. However, I didn’t realize that so many others with the Meitzler surname were also inventors.

By doing a simple search on the surname Meitzler, I got 1160 hits on patents with a Meitzler as the inventor, or one of the inventors of an item. Fascinating…

Search Google Patents

Read the article about Google’s new Patent Search at TechCrunch.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google

mm009-pdfOver the past few years, the folks who publish Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, and the History Magazine have created a series of journals offering a collection of previously published article, gathered together on a single topic. Here are some of the publications we have already seen:

Now, with a nod to technology and to Google’s place in genealogical research,  Moorshead Magazines, has published Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google. Undoubtedly, as the world’s leading search engine, Google plays a critical role in almost any online based research project; including, most likely, your own search for family.

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“Over the years, anytime we’ve published a Google-related article, the feedback from our readers was phenomenal”

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The issue’s welcome note makes this statement about Google’s popularity with their readers:

“Over the years, anytime we’ve published a Google-related article, the feedback from our readers was phenomenal, with many asking if we had other articles on this popular online resources. It soon became obvious that more and more genealogists were using Google’s various tools and resources in their research. From Google News and Google Books to Google Earth and Google Scholar, Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google will show you how to harness the power of the world’s most popular search engine and revolutionize your family history research! Now what are you waiting for? Get Googling!”

At 54 pages, this new journal offers 16 articles written by a collection of professional researchers and genealogists. You may know about Google, but how well do you really know how to use Google. You might be surprised at what you can still learn about this critical research tool.

 

Contents

Digging Deeper with Google

Dan Lynch describes some advanced features of this popular search engine.

Getting the Most Out of Google’s Tools

George G. Morgan shows us how to harness the power of Google’s many Resources

Genealogical Googling

Dan Lynch tells us how to get the most out of this important search engine.

Getting More from Google

Lisa A. Alzo shows you how to use Google to manage your research (and your life!)

Google: the Hits Keep On Comin’

Dan Lynch looks at the latest innovations form everybody’s favorite search engine and how it can benefit your genealogy research.

Google Scholar

According to Arnon Hershkovitz Ph.D, your ancestors’ academic papers can be a boon to your research!

LIFE Magazine Photo Archive Online

David A. Norris Looks a LIFE Magazine’s online archive.

Googling for Genealogy

Marian Press reveals some of the secrets of Google.

Googling Helps Your Genealogy Go Global

Dan Lynch shows you how to zoom in on your family history.

Delve Into the Past with Google

Marina Garrison documents the benefits of Google’s latest addition.

Google Books

Marian Press looks at what is available for genealogists and family historians through this website

Google: The Dot-Com Gift That Keeps Giving!

Dan Lynch shows you how to Google your family tree.

What’s In Your Google Toolbox?

Diane L. Richard looks at a great book from Lisa Louise Cooke.

Google’s Archives: News You Can Use!

Lisa A. Alzo shares five ways to find your family in this great genealogical resource.

Create Custom Google Maps

Bill Puller Shows you how to customize the ‘net’s most popular search engine!

Staying on Top of Your Research

Bill Puller shows how Google can help you stay on top of changes you online data

 

Get your copy of Tracing Your Ancestors Using Google from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $7.79. Or, get the ebook (PDF) version for only $6.95.

The New Google Maps is Out!

The following is from the Google Maps blog.

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Over the coming weeks, the new Google Maps will make its way onto desktops around the world. Many of you have been previewing it since its debut last May, and thanks to your helpful feedback we’re ready to make the new Maps even more widely available.

It’s now even easier to plan your next trip, check live traffic conditions, discover what’s happening around town, and learn about a new area—with Pegman’s help if needed. Here’s a quick refresher on what to expect in the new Google Maps:

Make smarter decisions. Simply search for “coffee” in your neighborhood, and you’ll be able to see results and snippets right on the map. When you click on a cafe, the map will suggest related results that you may not have known about.

Read the full article.

Google Glass Price Expected To Be $600

The following excerpt is from an article by Adnan Farooqui on 01/02/2014 on ubergizmo.com

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There has been a lot of speculation about Google Glass and when the company is finally going to open it up to the public. The first wave of Glass units were offered for sale to select “Explorers.” Over the past year Google gradually opened up its Explorer program to more and more people. Earlier this week the company allowed Google Play Music All Access subscribers to purchase Glass, a sign that its gearing for a public launch. It is expected that Google Glass might be launched for the public in April 2014, and that it may be priced at $600.

Read the full article.

Thanks to http://researchbuzz.me/ for the heads up

Google Books Lawsuit Dismissed

The following teaser is from the Nov. 14, 2013 edition of USAToday:

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Thursday landed a key legal victory against the publishing industry in what could pave the way for the search giant to continue its quest to scan the world’s books.

A New York federal judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit from book authors against the Mountain View, Calif., company. The long-simmering battle stems from a suit brought by the Authors Guild, which sued Google in 2005 in Manhattan federal court, claiming copyright infringement.

The Authors Guild charged Google’s online library was in violation of “fair use” of copyrighted works by providing snippets of works.

The Authors Guild guild was seeking $750 for each copyrighted book made digital, a huge sum considering that the Internet search company had scanned more than 20 million books.

Read the full article.

Using Google Books to Get Free Copies of Pages of Books in the Family History Library

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Some time ago, FamilySearch announced a FREE Lookup service whereby they would scan pages of books found in the Family History Library for patrons who couldn’t actually get to the library itself. They have now published a blog explaining in detail how one can use Google Books to find family in the Google snippets of copyrighted volumes. If the book is still under copyright, and not available as a full book on Google Books, you can have the Family History Library take a scan of the page you need, even if it’s not available at Google Books. The blog is very detailed, giving step-by-step instruction.

Read the blog.

You may also download a full-color pdf file of the post to use as a handout.

Thanks to ResearchBuzz for the heads-up.

Google For Genealogists – Webinar-on-CD

legweb1Popular speaker and creator of GeneaBloggers.com, Thomas MacEntee, has been Legacy Family Tree’s most prolific guest webinar speaker. His presentations are easy going and easy to follow. One of his ever popular presentations was Google for Genealogists, which is available on CD for revisiting at any time.

In Google for Genealogists, MacEntee examines the familiar basic concept for searching with Google. Then, he goes deeper. Indicating a list  of Google Products exceeds 150, MacEntee shows viewers just some of the more popular and useful tools genealogists will appreciate. He refers to Google in his presentation as the Google You May Know and the Google You May Not Know. May Not Know topics found in the presentation include:

  • Advanced Google websearch
  • Books, journals, and magazines
  • Photographs
  • Office productivity
  • Collaboration
  • Transcription
  • News
  • Geography
  • Research

As I have previously mentioned in other reviews, web seminars, or “Webinars,” have quickly become one of the most popular ways for professionals and companies to share information with large groups of individuals from across the country, or even around the world, without the high cost of travel. Webinars are just like seminars. A large group of “attendees” can come and watch a presentation at a given time. Webinars are nice, since they are usually recorded and can be watched again at a later time. The only real downside to webinars is the video stream can be slow for some people. Depending in large part on the viewer’s own personal Internet connection speed, video may or may not play well. The age of a person’s computer may also contribute to slow playback. To counter these playback problems, some individuals and companies offer the option to buy their webinars on CD. CD’s offer the opportunity to play these webinars on almost any computer at anytime, without the worry of connection issues.

MacEntee’s class was originally presented as a live webinar, run 1 hour 28 minutes, and includes a link to download a 4-page handout.

Get your own copy of Google For Genealogists from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $12.69. Enjoy the presentation again and again on your own computer.

 

About the author:

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research and as a means of interacting with others in the family history community. Utilizing over 25 years of experience in the information technology field, Thomas writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 1,300 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors.

Google Earth for Genealogy, Volumes I and II

lu02One of the many great tools, beside web searches, provided by Google is Google Earth. But how can Google Earth help you as a genealogist? Google Earth has the power to geographically document your ancestor’s lives. Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, has a developed a tutorial video series called Google Earth for Genealogy. The video series is a two volume DVD set.

Lisa Louise Cooke, the producer and host of the internationally popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online genealogy audio show.

Volume I provide step-by-step instructions to the following:

  • Download & Use Google Earth
  • Identify Old Photos
  • Explore Church Record Origins
  • Plot Ancestor Homesteads
  • Create Historic Map Overlays
  • Save & Share Images

This 72-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons.

Volume II provides step-by-step instructions to the following:

  • Pinpoint Property
  • Locate Original Land Surveys
  • Customize Place Marks
  • Create and Share Family History Tours
  • Ad Video to Maps
  • Incorporate 3D Models
  • Ad Focus with Polygons and Paths

lu03The DVD also includes:

  • Introduction Video
  • Website Links
  • Access to Bonus Podcast Interview
  • Downloadable Images

This 95-minute DVD tutorial video is made up of 7 video lessons

 

Anyone interested in expanding their use of Google Earth in a fun way while adding a new level of interest to their genealogy research should watch these great instructional videos.

Both volumes are available from Family Root Publishing:

Google Earth for Genealogy, Volume I

Google Earth for Genealogy, Volume  II

 

Give “Google Your Family Tree” for Christmas and Get a Free Upgrade to the 2nd Edition

Family Roots Publishing is offering a great Christmas promotional for Google Your Family Tree. The book has been previously reviewed on this sites (click here to read) and continues to be a popular title. Author Daniel M. Lynch is working diligently on a second edition of the book due out next year. However FRP doesn’t think you should have to wait. Instead, they are offering the following great deal now:

Buy Google Your Family Tree for Christmas and get $5 off, free shipping, AND a coupon for a FREE copy of the second edition when released during the first quarter of 2012.

The upgrade will be provided directly by the author and requires a $6.95 shipping and handling fee. You are saving more than that by purchasing the book now at a discount and taking advantage of FRP’s free shipping for Christmas.

To order Google Your Family Tree on FRP’s special Christmas promotion, just click here. Item #: DL01.

Getting the Most, and Then a Little More, from Google Earth

Earlier in the week, we looked at a DVD from Lisa Louise Cook entitled Google Earth for Genealogy, Volume I. As mentioned, the DVD is part of a set. Here, we look at Volume II.

One of the many great tools, beside web searches, provided by Google is Google Earth. But how can Google Earth help you as a genealogist. Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, has a developed a tutorial video series called Google Earth for Genealogy. The video series is a two volume DVD set.

Volume II provides step-by-step instructions to the following:

  • Pinpoint Property
  • Locate Original Land Surveys
  • Customize Place Marks
  • Create and Share Family History Tours
  • Ad Video to Maps
  • Incorporate 3D Models
  • Ad Focus with Polygons and Paths

The DVD also includes:

  • Introduction Video
  • Website Links
  • Access to Bonus Podcast Interview
  • Downloadable Images

Anyone interested in expanding their use of Google Earth in a fun way while adding a new level of interest to their genealogy research should watch these great instructional videos.

Get your copy from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: LU03.

Getting the Most from Google Earth

One of the many great tools, beside web searches, provided by Google is Google Earth. But how can Google Earth help you as a genealogist. Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the popular Genealogy Gems Podcast, has a developed a tutorial video series called Google Earth for Genealogy. The video series is a two volume DVD set.

Volume I provide step-by-step instructions to the following:

  • Download & Use Google Earth
  • Identify Old Photos
  • Explore Church Record Origins
  • Plot Ancestor Homesteads
  • Create Historic Map Overlays
  • Save & Share Images.

Anyone interested in expanding their use of Google Earth in a fun way while adding a new level of interest to their genealogy research should watch these great instructional videos.

Get your copy from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: LU02.

Improved Google Research Results Are Within Your Reach

Ten years ago, when I wrote Mastering Search Engines, Google was in its infancy. Back then, Google was known for the volume of Internet pages it had indexed, about 3 billion at that time. However, search results were not as well ordered and accurate as they later became. Advanced searching was anything but. Google did not take long to improve their system and in short time became the top search engine for nearly a decade now. Over the years, family historians have come to use Google as a key tool in their research.

Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google has been a tremendous success among genealogist. We have had great response to the book as many have used it to improve their research and find new ways to use Google. For this reason, and because Google has become some an important tool in family history research, I though we should take another look at what this great handbook has to offer.

Chapter 1 jumps right in, how to better use keywords in a search, using basic command and better syntax for improved results. Screen captures, charts, and examples make understanding the concepts taught simple enough for even the most novice to follow, while providing enough depth of information even experienced googlers will likely learn something new. Chapter 2 examines results, learning how to read the results page and make the most of it. Researchers can practice applying what they learn in Elizabeth Mills’ book Evidence to analyze the value of results to their own family research. Chapter 3 teaches advance search. My own experience has taught me that advanced searching is not for advanced researchers, but rather an easy tool to provide better, or more advanced, results on a level which any researcher can use.

Chapters 4 through 14 examine Google applications that enhance the family history research experience. Apps like Language Tools, Google Books, Google News Archive, Blog Search, Images & Video, Google Alerts, Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Notebook, and the Google Toolbar all have direct application to genealogy research.

For those who make the most of the first three chapter, they will find Appendix E indispensable. The syntax chart in E is a great reference for creating effective queries using advanced option.

If you are reading this electronic article, then you already use the Internet and probably use Google regularly. If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Google Your Family Tree, then you may be missing some easy-to-learn search features that would really improve your genealogy research.

 

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Search Engine Basics
The Foundation of all Google searches, this chapter describes basic functionality, screen layout, use of keywords, basic commands, and syntax

Chapter 2 – Interpreting Web Search Results
The anatomy of Google Web Search results and the powerful commands that can be accessed from links appearing within your search results

Chapter – 3 – Advanced Search Techniques
A detailed description of advanced search techniques, both command-line entries as well as those used in the Advanced Search Form

Chapter 4 – Language Tools
Using the foreign language capabilities of Google, including automatic language translation, International content search, and Google’s offering worldwide

Chapter 5 – Google Books
Tapping the content archives found within Google’s growing online digital library and tips for using these books in your family history search

Chapter 6 – Google News Archive
Stepping beyond the current-day news into the rich historical news archive, learn to use the time line feature to quickly sort through historical results

Chapter 7 – Blog Search
An in-depth look at searching through and using blog postings as an effective means to conduct your family history research

Chapter 8 – Images & Video
Bring you research to life with pictures and video by learning special tips for getting the most value from Google’s image and video archives

Chapter 9 – Google Alerts
Search while you sleep! Discussion and step-by-step instructions for using Alerts to make Google work as hard as you do in finding your ancestors

Chapter 10 – Google Maps
A look at the indispensable tool for researching places and unique integration with Google Local and Street View

Chapter 11 – Google Earth
An in-depth look at one of the most addictive of all Google applications, you’ll be able to “travel” to the home of your ancestors and anywhere else you desire

Chapter 12 – Google Notebook
Google Notebook enables you to keep your research organized and available – even when performed on different computers – and easily shared with others

Chapter 13 – The Google Toolbar
An optional add-on requiring download and installation, the Google Toolbar offers a host of one-click wonders; also includes brief mention of Google Chrome

Chapter 14 – Other Tips and Tricks
More than a dozen additional features of Google that are too good to ignore, even if they don’t have a direct connection to genealogy research

Appendix A – Getting Started in Genealogy
A condensed step-by-step guide for those just starting to trace their family tree

Appendix B – Top Sites for Genealogists
An overview of the leading free and fee-based websites for genealogy, including a top-ten favorites list and dozens of other useful resources from around the world

Appendix C – Other Internet Search Engines
A look at the useful features of more than a dozen other Web search engines

Appendix D – Web Search Engine Defined
The history and evolution of Internet Search Engines, courtesy of Wikipedia

Appendix E – Syntax Summary & Quick Reference
A concise listing of Google commands and syntax with examples of their use for genealogy

Index

 

Family Root Publishing offers this popular tome for sale on their website; Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google; Item #: DL01.

Learning Google Tools for Genealogists

Google is far more than a basic search engine. While it may have started as a basic engine, the additional tools Google provides for free makes Google an excellent, all-around research assistant. Google Alerts for up to the minute web tracking, free email for all through Gmail, iGoogle is a search dashboard for your own system, Google Books, Google News, Google Translate, YouTube, Google Earth, and more. These tools can help the Genealogist improve and expand their research. But, does one learn to use all of these tools? More so, how can these tools be used together for research synergy? The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox is the perfect guidebook to successfully using all the above listed Google tools in your family history research.

According to author Lisa Louise Cook, this volume is “right up to date,” giving the latest information about using the features of Google. This is a great guidebook, in that it’s heavily illustrated and geared toward showing the genealogist how to use many of the free online “tools” that Google has made available to us. The use of the “tools” is laid out in a step-by-step manner that anyone can follow. The first 5 chapters all deal with Google’s Search abilities, followed by chapters on Google Alerts, Gmail, iGoogle, Books, News Timeline, Translation, YouTube & Video, Google Earth (in all its glory!), Family History Tour Maps, and an amazing “How to” index at the back.

 

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 — Caffeine & Search Options Column

Chapter 2 — Basic & Advances Search

Chapter 3 — Search Strategies for High-Quality Results

Chapter 4 —Site Search & Resurrecting Web Sites

Chapter 5 — Image Search

Chapter 6 — Google Alerts

Chapter 7 — Gmail

Chapter 8 — iGoogle – Your Personal Genealogy Homepage

Chapter 9 — Google Books

Chapter 10 — Google News Timeline

Chapter 11 — Google Translate & Translation Toolkit

Chapter 12 — YouTube and Google Video

Chapter 13 — Google Earth Overview

Chapter 14 — Google Earth – Ancestral Homes and Locations

Chapter 15 — Google Earth – Organizing, Naming, and Sharing

Chapter 16 — Google Earth – Historic Maps and Images

Chapter 17 — Google Earth – Plotting Your Ancestor’s Homestead

Chapter 18 — Google Earth – Fun with Images and Video

Chapter 19 — Family History Tour Maps

Appendix — Find it Quick: The “How To” Index

 

Order your own copy of, or give as a gift, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox from Family Root Publishing; Item #: LU01.