States and Countries I Have Visited or Lived in

Randy Seaver, in his most recent Genea-Musings blog (http://www.geneamusings.com/2017/04/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-where-have.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+geneamusings%2FlEXw+%28Genea-Musings%29)  said, “1) A meme on Facebook has been circulating about what states, countries and other places you have visited. [What other places would there be if not a state or country?] The average for Americans is 8.

“2)  Copy the list from this blog post and denote your places visited with an X, and add states or countries you’ve visited not on the list.  Then total it up at the end of your list.

“3)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here’s mine:

Afghanistan
Alabama
Alaska

Algeria             

Arizona State License Plate Clipart

Arizona State License Plate

Arizona X
Argentina
Arkansas X
Aruba
Australia 
Austria
Bahamas
Barbados
Belgium  X
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
California X
Canada X
Colombia  
Castaway Island
Cayman Islands 

Chile
China
Colorado X
Connecticut X
Costa Rica  X
Cuba
Curacao 

Czech Republic
Delaware X
Denmark X
Dominican Republic
Dubai
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
England X

Estonia  
Fiji  
Finland  X
Florida X
France  X
Georgia X
Germany X
Ghana
Greece
Guam XGuam_map
Guatemala  X
Haiti

Holland X
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland X
Idaho X
Illinois X
India
Indiana X
Iowa X
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica  X
Japan X
Jordan
Kansas X
Kentucky X

Kentucky Statehood 1792 Black and White OutlineClipart

Kentucky Statehood 1792

Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan

Latvia
Lithuania
Louisiana X
Luxembourg X
Maine X
Maryland X
Massachusetts X
Mexico X
Michigan X
Minnesota X
Mississippi X
Missouri X
Montana X

Morocco
Nebraska X
Nevada X
New Hampshire X
New Jersey X
New Mexico X
New York X
New Zealand
Nicaragua
North Carolina X
North Dakota X
Norway  X
Ohio X
Oklahoma X
Oregon X
Palestine
Panamá
Pennsylvania X

Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island X

Russia  
Saudi Arabia
Sicily
Scotland  X

Coat of Arms Clipart and Illustration

Coat of Arms Scotland

Singapore
South Africa
South Carolina  X
South Dakota X
South Korea
Spain
St Marten
St Thomas
Switzerland X
Sweden  X
Taiwan
Tennessee X
Texas X
Thailand
Trinidad
Turkey
The Netherlands  X
United Arab Emirates

US Trust Territories X
US Virgin Islands
Utah X
Venezuela
Vermont X
Vietnam
Virginia X
Washington X
Washington DC X
West Virginia X
Wisconsin
Wyoming X

Bronze statue of rancher Wyoming

Bronze statue of rancher Wyoming

Wales X

My score:   71

All clip art from classroomclipart.com, a free- use site

What I Have Learned About Google for Genealogists

Several of my friends have shared their insights using Google and have agreed that I can use their discoveries to share with you.

Doing a basic web search using Google, can leave potential new information about our Robert Mills search via Google Aug 2016families hidden. Start by entering a search term, a person’s name, or a URL. Some names are so common that you should add other terms to narrow the search. For example, when I put in the name “Robert Mills” (in quotes) I got about 395,000 hits, including the top listing for the man who designed the Washington Monument. However, that’s not who I want to search for. I added an additional term “1867..1932” (year range of his life) and lowered the options to about 59,000 results. Still too many. Next, I added location: Kentucky and the count went up to about 70,000 results. The difference is that the first few entries were a perfect match. I found that Ancestry.com and FindAGrave each had correct information about Robert Mills.

Let’s look at Images, the next most popular method of looking for information  (images.Google, com). When the page appeared, I clicked on “Search Tools” that shows up below the search box. I selected “Black and White” because those are the only photos Robert Mills family photo found via Google Images 21 Aug 2016available for this time period. I used the same terms used above and received the following message: “1867..1932 was dropped from your search because it is not supported for this type of search.”  Because I had a photo in my possession, seeing it in Images was not a surprise. But there were many images that didn’t match and offered confusion rather than a new discovery. I need to better understand how to search images to gain access to what I want.

Google Books (books.Google.com) is an often overlooked resource because they stopped adding books, but they have already added many books that are copyright free. book cover Russell County KY History & FamiliesTo continue using Robert Mills as an example, I need to explain that he was a farmer who lived in Pulaski or Russell Counties in Kentucky. Those delimiters should help narrow the field of appropriate books. I found nothing appropriate using Robert Mills’ name, adding “farmer” and “Russell County Kentucky.” That should not come as a surprise since he had a small farm and did not make a name for himself. To find something useful, I took off his name and found, “Russell County, Kentucky: history & families” that wasn’t a complete search, so I couldn’t look in the index to see if he or his family received any mention. Because there are other possible locations to find the book, I looked at WorldCat and found the book on FamilySearch.org. It has not been digitized, so it looks like a library lend is in my future.

Next week we’ll look at other features available in Google that include: Translate; Maps; Earth; Scholar; Docs; Drive; Blogger; and YouTube.

Try these Google tools and improve your searches.

___ All images taken from Google: I snipped the first one from a basic search; the second image is one I posted and I have a copy of the original; the third is an image from Google Books.