SNGF: Google’s Feelin’ Lucky, But Whose Gonna Win?

So yet again, I steal Randy’s entertaining Saturday Night Genealogy Fun theme and run my own way with it! This week’s instructions say:

1) Go to http://www.google.com/ and enter a search term and click on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.

2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

This week, prepare yourself for 16×16, Round One of the “Google ‘I Feel Lucky’ Challenge”!

In the red corner, we have the Team Paternal, consisting of all 16 of my paternal ggg grandparents. These hardy folks hail mostly from Ohio, but do have representation from Pennsylvania, Delaware, Iowa, and Ireland. All except one currently reside in Noble County, OH. (And will for the rest of time)

In the Blue corner – Team Maternal. Far from a girly team, this 16 member team discriminates on the basis of birthplace: PA only need apply. For all eternity, this team has aligned themselves roughly in a line stretching from Brookville to Kittanning, although there are a couple whose whereabouts are unknown.

The Contest: Which team can get the most “I feel lucky” searches to jump to a page featuring their members. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLEEEEEEEE.

While Team Paternal jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, they quickly faded. A strong surge by Team Maternal gave them four hits and the victory in this week’s contest.

What I learned: That search engines dominate the results – sometimes without even matching the search string exactly.Even when I entered what I thought was a unique name, something else came up.

Also –  my ancestors clearly did not understand the future importance of SEO. You would think a self-respecting 19th century farmer wouldn’t be so shortsighted. Sure – electricity wasn’t even on the visible horizon, let alone computers and the internet, but let’s not make excuses for them.

Who did match?

Team Red:

Jesse Brock Pickering, Rueben Paul Summers, Violet Amos Franklin

Team Blue:

Alexander Harrison Deemer, Bennewill Snyder, Salome Doney, Archibald Ruffner

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