Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Finding Someone In Mexico - Does the Internet Work?

So you've searched the Internet and can't find the person you are looking for in Mexico. The problem with trying to find someone in Mexico by using the Internet is that very little of the information on individuals who are living in Mexico is digitized. Herein lays the problem. The information is not on the Internet. If you did an Internet search for Mexico, you would receive a lot of results, but a closer look at the results reveals that most of them have to do with New Mexico or Mexico, Missouri. The search results are not focused on the Country of Mexico but more on searching for people that live in the United States.

Marie Daly, director of the Research Library at the New England Historic Genealogical Society is quoted in Margaret Moen's How to be a Self-Sufficient Researcher as saying, “I’d say perhaps only 10 percent of the genealogical information out there is on the Web. But when people do genealogy research, they think that’s 100 percent, and they make a big error that way. Not everything is on the Web. And some of the things that are on the Web are erroneous.”

Even though you may spend a lot of time looking for this information, it may be in the wrong direction. If you have spent over an hour searching the Internet, stop. Why would I say this? Because most people after an hour have tapped their knowledge of how to search online. There is a science to searching online. After an hour most people have used up all of their resources. They have used up all of their knowledge on how to look for information. At that point most people are pretty much just surfing around, looking and hoping to find new information.

People may feel that if they keep searching, they will find that one site that has the information they are looking for. There is no one magic web site to help you locate someone living in Mexico. It is just not out there and this includes family genealogy sites.

If you are frustrated because you have spent a lot of time looking for someone, have tried free genealogy sites and nothing you have done has worked, you are finally in the right place. In the next few blogs, I am going to share with you information on what to do and how to do it. So don’t give up.

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Richard Villasana
The Mexico Guru
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