Internet Help from Google for genealogical searches... #hungary
Dear fellow researchers,
I just discovered useful search capabilities of the GOOGLE.Com search engine,
very useful in finding genealogical information and help >from sources we
would never even think of.
While general search is done by the search engines in the URL, Title,
keywords and/or the approx. first 25 words of the text of a document, this kind of
research will miss a tremendous amount of information out there.
By instructing the Google Search Engine to search the entire text of their
database, many hidden items will come to the fore. Without having to define for
searching known newspapers for articles or any specific sources referring to
an ancestor, this type of search will look at everything, no matter where.
It has helped me find one of my ancestors. All I new about him was, that he
was a founder and president of the Hungarian Feszek (artist's) Club over a
hundred years ago. What I found after many other previous attempts to search for
the history of the Feszek, using this capability of Google was an article
written in Hungary about 4 or 5 years ago in anticipation of the Hundred year
anniversary of the Club.
Here is what and how I input into the Google search line:
This returned many materials that had the name Bruchsteiner in the text,
among them said article.
The procedure is very simple and very powerful.
Here is a short description and reference for more on the subject:
Syntax Search Tricks
Using a special syntax is a way to tell Google that you want to restrict your
searches to certain elements or characteristics of Web pages. Google has a
fairly complete list of its syntax elements at
Intitle: at the beginning of a query word or phrase (intitle:"Three Blind
Mice") restricts your search results to just the titles of Web pages. Remember,
no spaces after the :
Intext: does the opposite of intitle:, searching only the body text, ignoring
titles, links, and so forth.
Intext: is perfect when what you're searching for might commonly appear in
If you're looking for the term HTML, for example, and you don't want to get
results such as >>>www.mysite.com/index.html<<<, you can enter intext:html.
Link: lets you see which pages are linking to your Web page or to another
page you're interested in.
For example, try typing in link:http://www.pcmag.com.
Site: (which restricts results to top-level domains) with intitle: to find
certain types of pages.
For example, get scholarly pages about Mark Twain by searching for
Experiment with mixing various elements; you'll develop several strategies
for finding the stuff you want more effectively.
The site: command is very helpful as an alternative to the mediocre search
engines built into many sites.
I hope, you will find this information helpful in your search. Interestingly,
on the same last name I found at the e-Bay auction 32 original documents. You
can never tell.
Have a nice search,
Leslie Eloed / Elod Laszlo
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This is most helpful. Thanks for being so generous with these instructions.
My uncle may too have been a member of the artist's club as he was a
professional sculptor and painter who had sculpted the busts of many prominent
persons in Hungary. A famous Ophthalmologist in the US brought with him the
of himself, sculpted by my uncle.
Thank you very much, it's really useful and interesting information! I will
try it in a few minutes..
By the wyay, do you know a Hungarian search engine? Sometimes, in country
specific search engines special entries can be found whose are not listed in big,
international databases and search engines. Sometimes this helps..
Moderator VK: Check out http://www.searchenginecolossus.com/Hungary.html, http://www.sharelook.hu/, http://www.net.hu/search/