Friday, September 7, 2012

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.

work excuse form for funeral
Someone really wants to get out of work because there were several similar search phrases and the person kept coming back to my blog. I have no idea why. Do you really need a form? Break out your genealogy research and show how you're connected to the deceased. Of course, that is assuming you're really going to a funeral and not just trying to get out of work. 

grandmother in dar who do I talk to
Translation: "My grandmother is/was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I would like to speak to someone in this group. Where should I start?" First read the "Become a Member" page at the DAR website. Then look up a chapter near you and contact them. They will answer all of your questions and assist you in the application process.

why good genealogical records luzembourg
Good genealogical records Luxembourg because generous indexing

email Bruce Buzbee
The wizard of RootsMagic is very approachable. If you send an email addressed to him via their contact page, it will be read and directed to the right person. I promise.

jumpstart your family history research and get a family tree that you can pass down for generations to come
Sounds like you have it down. Nothing for me to add.

waterfalls in iowa
Does Iowa have waterfalls? I thought it was a flat state. Also, how the heck did this search land on my blog?

topics for genealogical society programs
Funny, I just attended a session about this at FGS2012. The biggest takeaway was that you should ask your members what they're interested in hearing and seeing. Here is my recap from the session.

genealogy workshops for public libraries
Are you looking for ideas? I'm going to assume so. It's best to hold general programs because your audience is so varied. Highlight the materials and databases in your library. Show patrons how to use your catalog and relevant databases (including newspapers). Basic tech instruction is great, too. Genealogists would benefit from digital camera instruction, how to blog, easy website building, writing and publishing family history, how to use an e-reader (and then promote your genealogy titles), and more. The ideas are endless. When all else fails, ask your patrons what they want.

family tree high school
Now THAT sounds like a fine place to get an education!

Thanks for playing! See you next month!


  1. Love these every month, Amy! Have you ever tried to find your blog using these search terms? I wonder how many pages of Iowa waterfalls someone has to click through to find your blog.

  2. I so enjoy this segment that you do! Always a good laugh.

  3. One wonders how the search engine algorithms work! Love these posts. Thanks Amy.

  4. Once again , you had me laughing .

    I was curious about the prompt for WATERFALLS IN IOWA . Guess it's a good old English surname :