Did you know you can use Google to search a specific website? This comes in handy when you happen to find a site, such as a USGenWeb county site, that is simply a collection of web pages. It may not be very helpful for searching databases that Google doesn’t reach, such as those on Ancestry.com or Familysearch.org, but sites like these usually have their own search engines anyway.
To use this search tool, enter your query like this:
Note the space between the site’s main address and the term to search – in this case, Maxwell. Also note that there is no space between “site:” and the URL.
(Google Search is not picky about how you type in the site; you can leave out “http://”.)
This search will find all references to Maxwell within the site. This can gain you time you would have spent going to every page and list of names on the site, manually searching for your relatives.
While this can be very useful, note that Soundex searches are no good with this tool. You will have to be sure to search any name variations. However, you can use any advanced search techniques available on Google Search, such as OR and AND searches.