Column: If You Seek, You Shall Find

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: If You Seek, You Shall Find

Snippet: There is a select group of people in this world who can find anything. Name the item—missing socks, roads in the middle of nowhere, maiden names for female ancestors—and they’ll come up with its whereabouts in short time. There is also a select group of people who can’t find anything even if it is ‘hidden’ in plain view.

Most of us, however, fall somewhere between these two groups of people. When you’re a genealogist, it helps to know the researchers who can find anything, but we can’t burden them with every search we undertake on the Internet.

That’s when knowing a few tips on how to take advantage of a search engine’s power comes in handy.

Most databases provide search engines to assist visitors find information faster, and they often provide a help page to optimise it. Each search engine is a little different, so check out help pages and advance search engines to improve your success.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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