Google in Your CountryIf you're nervous about jumping into foreign search engines, Google offers 140 international versions of its search engine. They each allow you to search "the Web" or limit your search to pages from that country. The information you find may surprise you too! When searching for a place, family or name from a particular country, I usually find more results in the country-specific version of Google, than in Google.com.
Country-Specific Search EnginesWhile Google, MSN Search and other search engines that many of us use on a daily basis aim to serve the entire world, there are also search engines devoted to a specific regions and countries. These search engines generally offer more comprehensive access to foreign-language sites and resources than the major "world-wide" search engines.
Obviously, these country-specific search engines operate in the language of their country, but don't let that hold you back. The search box is generally easy to find, and almost all search engines allow you to use basic search techniques, including phrase searching, boolean operators and wildcard search. Familiarizing yourself with common genealogy terms -- birth, census, surname, genealogy, etc. - in the language of your choice, will help you phrase productive searches. Genealogy word lists are great for this.
Parle Vous Search Engine?Moteurs de recherche. Suchmaschinen. Buscadores. Learning the correct term for "search engine" in the language of the country can help you locate new search engines to try in your genealogy search.
How to say "Search Engine"Another good place to find country-specific search engines is the international directory Search Engine Colossus.
Danish - Søgemaskine
Dutch - Zoekmachines
French - Moteurs de recherche
German - Suchmaschinen
Italian - Motore di Ricerca
Portuguese - Máquinas de Busca
Spanish - Buscadores
Swedish - Sökmotor