Tips on Using the Internet
Although chances are likely, if you are reading this book, that you know how to navigate the Internet, some useful tips are provided below.
- Search Engines. Yahoo and Google are two of the most popular search engines. Many others are available. If one search engine does not take you to the right spot, another one might;
- Insert Quotes Around Your Search Request. When you put quotes around your search term, the results will produce only those that contain all the words in the quotes in order, not varying combinations of the words.
- Back Up and/or Save on Your Computer Often. When you are gathering information for your search keep saving at regular intervals and/or backing up your computer.
- Be Creative in How You Use Databases. Many of the free databases can be used in a variety of ways. Be creative and you may get results in some of them even without all the information that they request that you provide.
- Verify the Accuracy of a Database. To check the accuracy of a database, type in your own family’s names. Check to make certain that the information the database offers is correct.
- Gaining Access to a Computer. If you do not have access to a computer, remember that libraries, Internet cafes or coffeehouses may have computers that you may be able to use.
- Consider Taking a Class. If you are serious about searching, think about taking a class about using the Internet at your local high school, library or community college.
- Bookmark or Add to Your Favorites List. When you find useful sites that you may want to return to, note the links for future use. It can be very frustrating to want to go back to a site, but not remember how to get there!
Reunion.Adoption.com offers a wealth of information on adoption searching. Try Adopting.org. as well. It has a full section on adoption searching, and both sites provide pertinent articles to read as well.
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Credits: Jan Baker