From Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings: It's Saturday Night -- time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission - should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Go to genea-blogger Randy Majors website (http://www.randymajors.com/).
2) Add his blog to your RSS reader, if you don't have it already.
3) Read his blog post AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search - BETA. See the link at the top of the page that says "AncestorSearch using Google Custom Search - BETA?" Click on it.
4) Test out his Custom Google Search form to help you find online information about your ancestors, especially for their marriages.
5) Tell us about your results - was this useful? Did you find something new? How can Randy improve it?
I searched on three different ancestors (couples) searching for marriage records, along with anything else out there. I didn't have stellar results, but I did find some sites I had never seen before. I did not find any actual marriage records, but I did find family websites that included the people I was searching for and listed their marriage dates. Not concrete proof, but a start.
I do like Randy's custom search; it really cuts through all the excess site results and gives me focused results. It is so much better than having to wade through thousands of results!
The only improvement I could suggest would be saved search criteria if you use your browser's back button to go back to the search page. Sometimes, I wish to change one item of search criteria, but I have to re-type everything.
Oh, and I agree with Randy about the middle initial wild card, but I would take it one step further. It would be helpful to have a middle name/initial search box. Especially here in the south, people used their middle name mostly (and still do!) and would even sign legal/official documents that way.
6) If you like Randy's Custom Search, add it to your Bookmarks or Favorites.
(And as far as last week's Saturday Night Fun, Randy: Those questions were HARD. I was traveling with my mom, and she didn't know the answers, either!)