Whakapapa Search on Google and FamilySearch

To get good whakapapa search results from Google you need to know how to do an advanced search else you will get alot of results that are not related to what you are looking for.

We have designed a whakapapa search form that will create the advanced search for you for Google as well as a search for the FamilySearch site as their results do not show up in Google.

Fill in the form below and click on the Create Search. Then click on Google Search and the search will open in a new window.


First Name:
Last Name:
Click on the Clear botton to start another search
Use the form above to create an advanced search




How Advanced Searches Work

This is a walkthrough to explain the search syntaxes (formats) that can be used when looking for whakapapa. All of these tips and tricks can be used for searching for anything, but for the purpose of this article, the examples are whakapapa related.

If you go to Google and put whakapapa in the search box, you will get many results including ski fields. As we are looking for whakapapa (genealogy) and not ski fields, we need to remove the ski fields from the results. To do this we put a minus sign in front of ski.

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski

We now decide that we want to find whakapapa names, we add a plus sign then names.

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski +names

We now decide that we want to find lists of names and indexes of names. For this purpose, instead of adding +lists +indexes we use the tilde in front of either of those words, as the tilde tells the search engine to find words that are similar. The tilde is found above the TAB and to the left of the 1 on the keyboard. Use the singular word and the the tilde will also find the plurals.

Our search criteria in the box will now be whakapapa -ski +names ~index

Another word to use the tilde in front of is genealogy as then the search results will pick up all spelling variations.

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Searching For Names.

We now move onto the search techniques for names. By using double speechmarks about words, it tells the search engine that this combination must be together. By not using double speechmarks, the words can be anywhere.

Our search criteria in the box will be “Firstname Surname” (replace Firstname Surname with any names you want.)

This search technique will not find any records where the person has a middle name on a page, so to get around that, we use the askterick as a wild card.

Our search criteria in the box will now be “Firstname * Surname”

In some sites, names are listed Surname, Firstname and the above search will not find these ones, so we add to our search criteria.

Our search criteria in the box will now be “Firstname * Surname” OR “Surname * Firstname”

The OR tells the search engine to find all pages with “Firstname * Surname” OR “Surname * Firstname”

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Search Senario 1 We know the name of a person and their spouse, so we want to find any information on them.

Our search criteria in the box will be “Firstname * Surname” OR “Surname * Firstname” “SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname”

We do not put the OR before the “SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname” as we want to records to have both names in it.

You can replace the “SpouseFirstname * SpouseSurname” with “ParentFirstname * ParentSurname” if you know the person and their parent

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Search Senario 2

We know the name of a person and where they were born.

Our search criteria in the box will be “Firstname * Surname” OR “Surname * Firstname” +PlaceName

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In conclusion, if this is a bit confusing for you, scroll back up to the top and fill out the form and it will build your searches for you.