When you depend on search engines to find the genealogy stuff you need to prove your ancestry, your success depends on your knowledge of how to use a search engines to good advantage.
Even when you know there has to be an entry in the record. Or even when you have clicked on a link to a record category. And if you check a whole list of spelling variants in the search bar without success–it is the search engine that finds your data.
So I went looking for online help. And BINGO!
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~clifflamere/Computer/SearchEngines.htm Cliff Lamere of Albany NY has prepared an online Tutorial on website search engines for genealogists.
This 6 page guide is easy to understand and follow and apply to your research. When the website has a search box–you now can get better results. I recommend that you study and apply it too. Your favorite New York genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com
PS Many thanks, Cliff Lamere.