When it comes to protecting your family, you can’t be too careful.
Many people have asked me how I conduct my own, in-depth research, so I thought I would give readers a quick lesson in “online searches” that I use most often.
Keep in mind, some of the tools I use are designed for Indiana only, but if you dig deep enough, like I’m going to show you, you can find similar tools in your own area.
First, you should know how to REALLY use the powers of Google Search.
Filter and Customize Searches
You can filter and customize your search results by using the options at the top of the results page. For example, you can choose to just see sites updated within the last 24 hours, week, month or custom range. You can search only for photos.
Add or Remove Filters
At the top of your search results page, select a filtering option like Images or News. Click More to see extra choices.
Click Search tools to see more filters you can apply to your search. Since your options will be different based on your search and the filters you’ve already used, you won’t see all the options every time.
Select one or more filters to narrow down your search results.
To go back to unfiltered results, click Web at the top of the search results page.
To remove any filters you’ve added through Search tools, click Clear.
Narrow down your search results by adding symbols and words to your search called search operators. Don’t worry about memorizing every operator – you can also use the Advanced Search page to create these searches.
There are several search operators you can use for various reasons, but when it comes to searching for specific names in specific areas, I like to use the operators for “exact word or phrase.”
Let’s say you are wanting to search for John Doe in Bumville Indiana – the search you type in the Google search box would look something like this:
“John Doe” Bumville, Indiana
The name should be INSIDE quotation marks and the location OUTSIDE the quotation mark.
You can then choose the time frame from the search tools options
I will sometimes use just the state or the county, but by using the name inside the quotations and identifying words or locations outside the quotations, you will narrow down your search and zero in on your target much quicker and easier.
Once I have completed my filtered Google searches, I check out the public records website for my own state.
I have provided a list of public record for each state, or at least those I am aware of. You can find that list on our DIY Research page.
If you have problems conducting your own searches, please reach out to us. We would rather help you conduct thorough searches than to have a monster fall through the cracks.