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About Queries & Look Ups

What is a Query?

A genealogical query is an inquiry about an ancestral surname, a family line, or other genealogy related question. Posting a query can help you connect with other researchers that may have the information you are looking for, and you can help them with their research in return. If the county is unknown, be sure to check other counties as well.

Websites within The USGenWeb Project vary in options for posting queries, some provide a way to have them posted on-site, while others provide links to sites that are not part of The USGenWeb Project. If a project offers on-site queries, follow the directions shown for that project, each project sets their own rules for submitting a query. The project coordinator is not obligated to research the queries, only to post them on their site if that is offered.

HOW TO FORMAT A QUERY

It is always wise to be familiar, in advance, of posting a query. That includes viewing/subscribing or following a newsgroup or FaceBook activity before posting so you understand what is expected of you and what you can expect of others.

Make sure you check Cyndi's List https://www.cyndislist.com/ of Queries & Message Boards for other places to post your query. The more you post the more chance you have of connecting with a person who can help!

WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A QUERY?

Whether you are posting to a mailing list, message board or requesting your query be posted on a website, your query should be a concise short paragraph that clearly defines the information you are seeking. It may help to post your query on multiple sites, there are useful links at the end of the query section.

Here are some tips:
AN EXAMPLE OF A QUERY
WHERE ELSE CAN I POST A QUERY?
HOW DO I REQUEST A LOOKUP?
WHERE ELSE CAN I REQUEST A LOOKUP?

Updated by AB June 2021


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