Google Alerts

This week, a quick tip on how to use Google to tell do automated searches for you. You'll need an account with Google to set up alerts. If you don't have an account already, go to and sign up by clicking "Sign in" in the top right of the page. You'll see a box that asks you to sign up if you don't have an account already.

  1. After logging in, go to
  2. Fill out the form. You can elect to receive alerts by e-mail or create a feed that is viewable in Google Reader or another feed reader.
  3. Click "Create Alert".

That's it! Now, Google will tell you when something pops up about your ancestor. Try using some of the search tips listed on Google's site to make your searches more effective.

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