In this video, Family Tree Magazine Publisher and Community Leader Allison Dolan (née Stacy) shows you how. Using simple web search techniques, you can find valuable publications for your research and (with a free Google account) save your favorite books on a private bookshelf for later access. And if a book that you’ve found isn’t currently available online, Google Books connects you to online bookstores and local libraries where you can find it.
Google has established itself as the top dog of the internet, consistently ranking as the most visited website and branching out its features. Since its creation in 1998, Google has expanded its web empire to include not just its famous search engine but also databases of scholarly research (Scholar), email services (Gmail), video sharing (Youtube) and social media (Google+). Perhaps the addition to Google’s arsenal that is most important to genealogists is Google Books, an ongoing effort to digitize books and make them available to the public. Using Google Books, you can search for digital versions of books, some of which are available for free viewing or download. By searching for a particular title or topic (e.g. “genealogy”), you can access Google’s archive of books from your desktop or mobile device and even keyword search the book’s text.