29 July 2012

Using Blogs to Search for your New Mexican relatives

If you have ever read a genealogy blog, you may have noticed that there is often a treasure trove of information to be found. However, blogs seem to be overwhelming. For instance, my own person blog - "The Baca/Douglas Genealogy and Family History Blog" - contains 413 posts! How can you find what you are looking for?

There is actually a couple of easy ways to search a blog.

The first way is to look for a list of labels or categories listed in the blog. Below is an image of my own blog that shows a list of categories. For example, if you are interested in looking for information about the family "Bourguignon", all you would have to do is click on the name "Bourguignon" and the blog would automatically display all the articles that I listed as being in the "Bourguignon" category.

Test out using labels to browse for blog posts by clicking on this link to my blog.

Another way is to use the search engine provided for the blog. Look at the image below:

A blog is just a type of database. It includes a bunch of information that is searchable. A great blog that a search engine works well with is the 1598 New Mexico Blog. Henrietta Martinez Christmas has posted a number of burial, marriage and baptismal extractions from Sandia, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque and many, many other places going back hundreds of years.

You can search by name, place or any other type of information you are looking for. Are you looking for a census? Type in "census" in the search engine and click on the little magnifying glass. Wholla! There you go, you found blog posts about censuses.

Test out this function by clicking on the 1598 New Mexico Blog at this link.

Happy hunting!

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