Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy

Program Type:

Genealogy, Older Adults



Program Description

Event Details

This one-hour presentation will cover why the  majority of genealogists begin their research online and often become frustrated with the lack of results. The cause might not be a lack of records at the specific site but the manner in which they are performing the search! Participants will learn basic online searching for the major genealogy websites.

We’ll progress to understanding specific search parameters for specific sites. Next, we’ll discuss whether it is worth the time to track searches as well as how to keep track of all the best ways of searching for a specific site. Finally, we’ll explore different wildcard characters and search methodology to get the most out of a website. Here are the topics that will be covered: Basics of Online Searching, Uncovering the Secret Records for Online Genealogy Sites, Should You Track Your Searches, Creating Site-Specific Cheat Sheets for Searching, How to Leverage the Power of Wildcards, Tips and Tricks for Smarter Searching, and a Resource List.

To register for this event, please email:

For more information: Swedish Genealogy Society of Colorado

Sign language interpreters and real-time captioning via CART are available upon request with notice of three business days to or 720-913-8487. For other public accommodation requests or concerns related to a disability:

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