Today I’ve decided to use the internet search option in Legacy and see if it will bring up any new clues for my 2nd Great Granduncle, Anthony Bowen BOGGS or his wife, Anna CARY.
Here is a screen shot of the family view from Legacy. This shows what I know about this couple.
(CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
There’s not much information here, is there?
TIP: Be sure you have highlighted or selected the person you are wanting to research on the internet. I am able to see that I've done that by the GREEN line under Anthony’s name.
Before I use the Internet Search option I’ll take a look at any notes or sources I have on this couple. In Legacy, you can tell if there is content for any of the associated items by whether the icons are shown in grey or in color.
You can see that for Anthony there are several colored icons below his info box. There are three colored icons for Anna.
Here are the icons and what each one indicates.
In looking at each one of these I don’t see much. Here is what I have for each of the icons that are in color (indicating content).
- The first 3 icons, his spouses name, parents names & siblings names
- For notes I have a note I wrote in 2009 regarding a possible match on familysearch.org pilot site.
- Under events there is an 1850 census with him in the household with parents & siblings
- Under sources I have One World Tree (very poor and undocumented source) and the 1850 census record.
- Under AKA’s I have Anthony B. Boggs
- The last icon is for Research Guidance and there several suggestions for me to look at.
NOTE: I have customized the “My Toolbar” section of the shortcut bar to include the items I refer to or use the most.
When you click on the globe a drop down list appears with three items.
1. Create Web Pages
2. Legacy Homepage
3. Search Internet for current person
I will select item number 3.
This is the screen that comes up next.
If you click on the drop down arrow (as indicated by the red arrow below), you will get a list of choices for sites that Legacy can search for you.
You have options on the screen before you actually click on the “Search” icon. Each of the selected websites allow you to adjust your search in various ways. On one can change the first & last name and the end year. On another you might only be able to adjust the name. So, pay attention to those fields before you click on search. The fields you can change are in black letters and the ones you cannot change are grey. You can opt to “close this window after each search, and you can also “customize searches.”
The Customize Searches option allows you to add or delete websites you want to have access to from this list.
Let’s try a few searches for Anthony Bowen Boggs and see what I come up with.
ANCESTRY.COM – 11,701 HITS
ARCHIVES.COM – 46 RECORDS
BILLION GRAVES.COM – NO HITS
BING.COM – 42 RESULTS (the first two of which are my own blog)
FINDAGRAVE.COM – NO HITS
GENEALOGY BANK.COM – 221 HITS
GOOGLE.COM – 3 RESULTS
WORLDCONNECT.COM (aka ROOTSWEB) – 46 HITS
As you can see “your results may vary.” But, this is certainly a good way to see what’s out there on any given ancestor. Some of these sites are free and some are subscription. It took me less than 5 minutes to check these 8 sites. The most promising one to me is the World Connect Rootsweb site, which is one I haven’t looked at in a long time.
I hope that by looking at some of the “hits” from various sites, I can increase the information I have for Anthony Bowen Boggs and his family.
Have you used this Legacy feature? If so, do you find it useful?
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