Google is intelligent and it is easy to use. You can search for information on the web, in images, in books, scholarly articles, in news, videos and through maps. Simply type your search query into the search box then click on the part of the web that you want Google to look at for you.
To set up alerts, you need to click on the arrow next to "more". Then click "even more" at the bottom of that list.
To set up your iGoogle dashboard, go to the Google homepage. In the top right corner, there is a wheel that looks like a gear. This is your options button.
By clicking on this gear, you will get a drop down box of choices
Click on iGoogle and your home page will change to the iGoogle home page. You are now ready to set up your dashboard to make it useful for you. Just under the iGoogle logo on the left side of your screen, you will see a red box labelled "Add Gadgets" Click on this. Once the page changes, you will see a search box on the right side of the screen entitled "Search for Gadgets" Type the word "Genealogy" in this search box and you will then be shown a number of gadgets that you can add to your dashboard. Also try typing "Genealogical" or "Genealogy Blogs" in the search box. You will get a few new gadgets through these searches. Ancestry and FamilySearch both have gadgets. So do a number of blogs. You can add Youtube, News, Weather, Facebook, Twitter and any number of other things that you want to see on your dashboard when you first open your internet. Play around. If you add a gadget then change your mind, you can delete it again by clicking on the arrow at the top right of the gadget and choosing "delete this gadget" from the drop down list.
You can move the gadgets around so that the ones you don't use that often are futher down on your screen. Simply click on the gadget, hold the mouse until the 4-way arrow shows and then drag the gadget to a new location. Hold the mouse down while you are doing this.
Happy Searching (and playing!)