Using Search Engines
"One-size-fits-all" does not apply to search engines. They can provide a broad search, a detailed one, or an up-to-date one -- but not all three with current technology, so we've provided several different options.
FreeFind covers just OKGenWeb's main site, including this HELP section. Because it is spidered immediately after each upload, it almost always accesses the latest material. It also provides a Site Map that can quickly lead you to any section on the site.
The WhatUseek engine casts a somewhat wider net and provides a detailed search of the major sections of OKGenWeb and ITGenWeb. It completes its round every week. Just make your selection from the pull-down menu.
It does NOT cover the individual Counties, Nations or Agencies -- each of which is housed in its own, separate space. For these you have the option of the broader, but less up-to-date search provided by RootsWeb's SearchThingy or a narrow, more timely one provided on the county site itself.
The archives are organized by County. Select the one you are interested in from the pull-down menu.
Most OKGenWeb and ITGenWeb projects are housed by RootsWeb, so are spidered by RootsWeb's Site Search, Search Thingy. It searches all of RootsWeb and thus can:
The only catch is that because RootsWeb is spidered by schedule rather than on demand, and Search Thingy takes several months to make its rounds, it does not always include the latest additions.
Go to RootsWeb's Search Thingy.
Search the Entire Web
FreeFind also provides an option to search the entire web, which can be quite useful after exhausting the more detailed spidered links found by the site-specific and RootsWeb-wide searches. If you want more details and tips for making the most if its features, go to the FreeFind site.