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The Toolkit August 2004: Genealogy Meets "The Jetsons"
8/4/2014
Why do all the Web searching yourself when search-engine alerts can do the work for you? We'll show you how to make the most of these timesaving tools.
As a kid, I was a big fan of “The Jetsons,” the cartoon vision of a highly automated future. George Jetson traveled in a flying car, and his wife, Jane, left the housework to her robotic maid, Rosey. Well, here we are in the 21st century, and technological advances and timesaving devices foreseen by “The Jetsons” have become a reality. 
 
Take the Internet. Search engines are becoming so sophisticated that they can do the searching for you. Here are four ways you can employ “search robots” to automate your online genealogy research.
 
 

1. Register the names you're researching on Ancestry.com.

The popular subscription-based genealogy Web site Ancestry.com <www.ancestry.com > continually adds new databases, so I regularly run searches for my “most wanted” ancestors. But instead of having to manually run the same searches over and over, I can get Ancestry.com to notify me whenever a name I'm researching appears in a new database.

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