This morning I posted an article about Google's new custom search engine capabilities. Entitled Google Launches Customizable Search Service, the article briefly describes a new search service that lets web site owners create search capabilities that restrict searches to groups of specific pages and websites. I ended by writing, "The new service has only been available for a few hours, so I do not yet know of any Google-based customized genealogy search engines available at this time. However, I suspect we will see a few before long."
Indeed, at least one such genealogy search engine is now online: I created it this afternoon.
I have built a new search engine that searches the past 10+ years' Standard Edition newsletters for any words or phrases that you wish to find. It also searches the Encyclopedia of Genealogy. Want to find out what happened to CommSoft? How about the genealogy program, Generations Family Tree? Or a company called Halberts? Need a refresher on GEDCOM? Or maybe you're ready to try some of the genealogist's tools reviewed in the last year or two. All this and more can be found within seconds.
I previously had a loosely similar search method to find words and phrases in past newsletter articles. However, the replacement search system that I created today offers more functionality than the old one and seems to produce slightly better results. It uses Google's new Customizable Search Engine.
To quickly search the tens of thousands of past articles in Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, go to the newsletter's web site at http://www.eogn.com and click on “Search Past Standard Edition Newsletters” in the menus to the right.