Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Mailbox: Best Kept Genealogy Search Secret

The Ancestry Insider's Monday MailboxDear Readers,

In response to last week’s post, “Monday Mailbox: One Click Search of Acom, FMP, MH from Family Tree,” reader “Ann” left a comment worth repeating:

Dear Ancestry Insider,

While I use these logos for searching on FamilySearch, I also use a Chrome extension called RootsSearch, which can search, not only from FamilySearch, but also from:

* Ancestry
* BillionGraves
* FamilySearch
* Find A Grave
* findmypast
* Genealogie Online
* Open Archives
* WeRelate

The sites it will search are:

* American Ancestors
* Ancestry
* Archives
* BillionGraves
* Chronicling America
* FamilySearch
* Find A Grave
* findmypast.co.uk
* findmypast.com
* Fold3
* Genealogie Online
* Genealogy Bank
* Geneanet.org
* Genealogy Gophers
* Geni
* Google
* Mocavo
* MyHeritage
* Newspapers
* NLA Trove
* Open Archives
* USGenWeb
* WeRelate
* WikiTree
* World Vital Records

This is a best kept secret that needs to be shared!! It is not in the FamilySearch App Gallery. For more information, see https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/rootssearch/aolcffalbhpnojekmimmelebjchjmmgn?hl=en-US

Signed,
Ann

Thanks for sharing, Ann!

Signed,
---The Ancestry Insider

11 comments:

  1. Does it only work on a desktop? I accessed via my iPad. It gave me a friendly suggestion to remind myself to download to my desktop. I assume that means it will work on a laptop, but I probably shouldn't assume anything.

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  2. As far as I know, it works on Mac & Windows computers [desktops and laptops], not tablets. I don't know about Chromebooks. I understand they are working on a Firefox version.

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  3. To check it out I searched for a relative on Find-A-Grave via the RootsSearch portal. Result - NO HIT. Signed into Find-A-Grave and re-did the search. Yup, there he was.

    So, is there a difference in results if you search via the RootsSearch portal and, if so, why?

    Richard Belz

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    1. Searching on Findagrave is an exact search. When I don't find results using RootsSearch (which is usually the case) I use the 'Refine Last Search' filter on the left of the findagrave page, edit the name, add the state and county if I know it and it works better.

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  4. Using Win XP and the latest version of Chrome, I installed the extension but when I click on it nothing happens. Right-clicked the icon in the tray and Options is grayed-out. ?????

    Thanks,
    George W. Durman
    GermannaResearch@comcast.net

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    1. I don't know how RootsSearch works on an XP computer anymore, although a year ago it worked fine. You must be on a landing page on Ancestry, BillionGraves, FamilySearch, Find A Grave, or one of the others listed, although I do not use those others. This means you must be on a page where you see a person's name in a record or on a tree like FamilySearch Family Tree or a tree on Ancestry before the RootsSearch button will turn on. These are the types of pages I mean:
      https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=KZ41-GC7

      https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZDR-FBW

      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=137700353

      http://person.ancestry.com/tree/73598656/person/42277304817/facts

      http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=1870usfedcen&rank=1&gsfn=Sheridan&gsln=Schuck&msbpn__ftp=Rhinebeck%2c+Dutchess%2c+New+York%2c+United+States&msdpn__ftp=Red+Hook%2c+Dutchess%2c+New+York%2c+United+States&msfng0=George&msfns0=Schuck&msmng0=Margaretha&msmns0=Ahlendorph&mssng0=Laura+Louise&msbdy=1828&msddy=1899&msgdy=1866&gss=angs-d&pcat=35&fh=0&h=30212146&recoff=&ml_rpos=1

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  5. Can someone please tell me how to get this off my computer? It caused the Luxembourg church records which I am indexing for Luxroots.com to no longer open on Internet Explorer. Google Chrome wouldn't size the windows so I could open two or three stacked. It is also too large and too bright. I don't know how to fix it, so I uninstalled Google Chrome but now Records at Family search don't open. Please help.
    Catherine

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  6. More information including a bit of history of RootsSearch can be found at http://blog.rootssearch.io/2015/09/the-past-present-and-future-of.html

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  7. Right click on the Rootsearch icon and click the option to remove the extension. There is also an option to manage extensions (on Chrome). You could disable the add-on from there.

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