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, etc.
- 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!).