How To Post A Good Query
Posting a good query is very important - especially if you really want
to meet others researching your same surnames. Here are a few simple quidelines
to follow that will ensure that your query is read by others and that
should generate positive responses.
- Always type your surnames in CAPITAL letters (only last names).
- Type your subject line as follows:
- ROBERTS, James: (1763-1822) Scotland to York County, PA
- State what you are looking for: birth date, parents, death record,
- Be specific. Include names - first, middle and last (again in CAPS)
along with birth dates, marriage dates, and death dates. Include spouse
name (first, middle and maiden name - surname also in CAPS). Include
town, village, parish or township names, local landmarks, and county
- If you must post a general query - state this right up front and include
a location or origin.
- Seeking parents and siblings of James ROBERTS, born 1782 in Scotland.
I do not know where he was born - the census records states that
he was from Scotland.
- Close with your name, mailing address or email address. Most queries
will not be responded to without your name (I know - you are hiding
and do not want people to find out who you are - well, why post a researcher
query then? Sorry, one of my pet peeves!).