Altavista still better than Google for genealogy searches

A few months ago I wrote that Altavista was a better search engine than Google for some genealogy searches.

A new test shows that that is still the case.

I wanted to see if Google picked up our family wiki pages, and so entered “Flamme family Cape Town”, which didn’t appear in the first three pages of Google results, but the relevant pages showed up in the first page of the Altavista results, for example our main Flamme page. And the third page of Google results was generally way off the mark.

This doesn’t mean you should stop using Google, but it might be more fruitful to start with Altavista, and when you’ve exhausted its possibilities, then try Google.


Growdens visit Athenian Krewe

The following news item mentions Lori Murphy and Brad Growden, members of our Growden family from New Orleans.
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As the Krewe of Athenians called on guests to attend its 59th annual ball, members were honored to be the first mystic so­ciety in the area to host a pre­sentation of debutantes at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center.
The special event, “Athenian Renaissance: A Debutante Ball hosted in Three Acts,” was planned to meticulous detail. Highlights included a humor­ous skit and a majestic presenta­tion ceremony in the Montgom­ery Performing Arts Centre and a long night of celebration in the hotel’s grand ballroom.
Special guests from New Or­leans included Lori and Rick Murphy; Marie and Brad Growden; Cindy Roth; and Andree and John Hainkel.
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Lori and Brad are descended from Arthur Franklin (Frank) Growden, who emigrated from New Zealand to the USA, and has descendants in Tennessee, New Orleans, Alaska and other places in the US.