Friday, September 16, 2011

Fun with Search Terms

It's time for another round of "Fun with Search Terms!" People type certain words or phrases into search engines. If the combination is right, my blog turns up in the search results. Sometimes the searches are funny. Sometimes I can provide more information to users, if only they'd comment on my blog. Either way, I enjoy the process. Please note that these searches are anonymous so I don't know who is stumbling on my blog. I just comment in the hope that they find it again.

Now on with the show. Actual search phrases are in bold.

View from the Ontario Airtport (ONT)

ontario california mall
You're probably looking for Ontario Mills, but landed here because I once took and published the above picture on my blog.

"getting the most out of rootsmagic" worth it

"joshua taylor" genealogy speaker fees
It's just a matter of going to his website and clicking the Booking and Fees page.

1920 census san pedro ca
You can find this on FamilySearch, but they don't make it easy to browse your way there. Here is the 1920 census. To get there, go to > Browse by location (USA) > Collections (Census & Lists) > United States Census, 1920

baerecke milwaukee
john b. lenertz from le sueur, mn
john robert williamson/sarah tate
Yet more examples of blog visitors searching for my exact ancestors without making contact. It never gets easier to see this happen. 

rootstech +vendor
According to the official RootsTech website, it looks like a current vendor list is not in the website yet, but they do have an exhibitor page. Last year, the detailed vendor information was not part of the website and I didn't know who was in the exhibit hall until I got there. At FGS2011, I asked a FamilySearch person if the vendor information could be released earlier so bloggers could make pre-conference contact and set up interviews. We'll see if that happens or not.

genealogy blobs ohio
Looks like I am the foremost authority on "genealogy blobs" now. This time, they're taking over Ohio. You can run, but you can't hide. I think Genealogy Blobs of Ohio would make a great title for a horror novel. Someone make that happen.

a deal you could refuse
A cross-country road trip with Andy Rooney where he drives, controls the radio and makes me stop at Shoney's for the early-bird discount.

Thanks for playing! 


  1. "Genealogy Blobs of Ohio" coming soon to a bookstore near you! Can't wait! I had a good chuckle over this one...

  2. Very few people have found my blog like this but I will agree that on the rare occasion where I saw my ancestor's name without being contacted it was frustrating. But more frustrating was the person who left a comment asking me to contact them about our shared ancestor which I did within a few hours. It's now been probably a month and he/she never replied to my e-mail :-(

  3. Debi, that's too bad. Maybe you should send another email just in case the first one was forgotten.

  4. Your "Fun with Search Terms" post is always a must-read when I need a laugh. Love it.

  5. Oh, Amy, you made my day! I'm still laughing. It's my favorite activity to go to my blog stats every night and see what silly things people are searching for on the internet- and to see what silly things draw them to my blog!

  6. Haha! I wonder who does the Genealogy blob searches?