This article is for anyone who has listened to one of my talks on Google for Genealogists:
Last week Google changed the way one of their most useful search operators works, one that I have always mentioned in my talks: The + (plus) operator. What's that mean for you? Next time you want to make sure any single word or phrase appears in your search results, wrap it in quotation marks.
To explicitly specify that you want the results to include a word, you used to be able to add the + (plus) operator to the front of a term, such as:
The above search states that the word "Ohio" must be on every search result and would ignore pages that don't have that word, such as a page that says, "Mansfield, Vermont."
Now, rather than adding the + operator, you need to wrap the word or words in quotation marks, such as:
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