Why does a google of Wikitree plus a surname lead to MyHeritage instead of Wikitree?

+12 votes
When I google Centanni wikitree I get My Heritage instead, with outdated information, but a link to wikitree. Can we get Google to go directly to wikitree please?
in WikiTree Tech by Living Troy G2G6 Pilot (157k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway

Just to add to Rosemary's answer here is a link to Google's page on search operators

I find the "Separate numbers by two periods without spaces to see results that contain numbers in a range" extremely helpful to narrow down search results to people in the right time periods.

In Google I enter "the persons full name with LNAB" then wikitree. It always works for me as long as the Profile is not Private. I must also be logged off of wikitree. 

It takes 24-48 hrs. for wikitree & google to update / sinc after I put a Profile Security setting to Private with Public Biography and Family Tree or Public.

3 Answers

+11 votes
Best answer
Have you been using this page to find Centanni? At the bottom of the page is a Google Search.

If you are using Google outside of WikiTree use:

site:WikiTree.com Centanni

The site parameter forces the search to look only on WikiTree.
by Rosemary Jones G2G6 Pilot (244k points)
selected by Living Troy
Thank you. I had told a cousin to google Centanni and wikitree, and then I tried it and got those offbeat results. Thanks for a better way to inform non wikitree members how to search for our Centanni family.


Sharon Troy Centanne
aka Troy-204
You can also type: space & wikitree behind the name, works for me. New profiles sometimes take a couple of days to show up.

hmm...I just googled Centanni wikitree and got all WikiTree results.

My first 7 hits are wikitree, and the next several hits are myheritage.

The results you see might depend on your Google search history -- if for some reason Google thinks you like myheritage, it may give you myheritage results. ;-)
+9 votes
I have blocked WikiTree on my google search because I would get only WikiTree results which I already knew. Maybe you have done this too? Just a random thought.
by Jacqueline Girouard G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
+3 votes
Most of my profiles I have loaded up link up straight away with Wikitree, I live in Australia, so maybe it depends what country you live in. I find just putting in their name works without mentioning Wikitree.  Loads of my cousins have been googling common ancestors and have then got in touch with me.
by Zoe Cochrane G2G6 Mach 1 (11.8k points)

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