For many of my ancestors I know the "basic" facts that you would find by Googling their names. Actually, Google searches by name often lead me right back to my own blog or message posts. So I now search for items specific to that individual. I have found that when I search for an organization, a job, or a military unit, I find hidden gems that I would have never found if I had just searched for the individual. The key is that I will often come across PDF files or books about the organization, business, or unit that include specific information about my relative. Because these files are not always in a "searchable" format I would never have been able to find them through a simple name search.
Case in point: Not long ago I was working to find more information on a distant uncle, Leroy Philip Kuhn. Through a biography I had found on Dr. Kuhn, I knew that he was a prominent surgeon in the Chicago area specializing in work injuries. To find more I did a Google search for "Kuhn Chicago surgeon" and found the gem above. I had never seen this uncle before and was amazed at the family resemblance.
I have found this search technique especially helpful with finding information on my military ancestors. My uncle Warren Edward Kuhn was killed during WWII and my father was named after him. I knew that Warren was in the 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion which was assigned to the 7th Armored Division. Warren was killed in action March 17, 1945. When I do a Google Search for "Warren Kuhn 1945" I only find unrelated links and my own blog posts. But conducting a search for "814th Tank Destroyer Battalion" led me to more information about his unit which helped me to put his war service in context.
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I found a link to an After Action Report for the 814th TD BN which detailed the unit's actions in December 1944...which is the month when my uncle earned a Bronze Star medal. Now I know, from the unit perspective, how he earned his medal.
I was also able to find additional information on the civil war service of my 3rd Great grandfather, Marcellus White, by searching for information on his unit the Salem Flying Artillery.
Have you had luck with this type of search technique?