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Quinte Branch Surname Interest List (SIL)
   
Helping Hands Outreach Program at Quinte Branch:

to facilitate research collaboration, brick wall demolition, and cousin finding.

This SIL replaces the Surname Interest List published annually in our December issue of the Quinte Searchlight newsletter. We intend to publish updates here, twice a year, on or about June and December.

The SIL is comprised of family surnames of interest to our members, past members and library contacts (AKA the providers), based on their research focus in Hastings, Prince Edward, and neighboring Counties.

The SIL is offered below in two downloadable files:
> one sorted by surname, which depicts the number of providers researching, for example, the name "Jones"
> one sorted by providers, which depicts all of the surnames of interest to each provider.

Download the files and check out the possibilities that one or more of our SIL providers may have similar or identical research interests to you.

If you decide that you would like to make contact with a provider, send us an email to quintebranch@ogs.on.ca with "SIL Contact Request" in the subject line. In the text of your message include, at a minimum, the code number of the provider(s) and the surname(s) in which you are interested, plus a brief note about the primary ancestors in each surname. This will help the provider to better determine if you are researching, for example, the same Jones family.

We will forward your contact request email to each provider you have identified and we will ask them to consider replying to your SIL message. It will be entirely up to them, much like tree owner requests on Ancestry and other well-known genealogical websites.

Good Hunting!


SIL by Surname (download file)
*Updated April 2017 

SIL by Provider (download file)

*Updated April 2017 
 

Surname Interest List (SIL) Update - November 2016
  
In June of this year, Quinte Branch announced and released a new internet based SIL service to facilitate the efforts of family history researchers who share common interests and objectives with respect to the same ancestral families to collaborate with each other. In addition to broadening the access to SIL vis a vis Quinte Branch, we also expanded the number of potential contacts to be made while enhancing and preserving privacy concerns.
  
Moreover, for the first time in over 36 years, Quinte Branch Council finally has visibility of the activity generated by this service, and through feedback, awareness of the benefits and shortfalls.
  
Since the end of June, we have had about 20 requests from member, past members and non-members for contact with providers of the Surname Interest List opportunities. That resulted in about 80 plus requests for contact with providers. Some providers chose not to respond, and in one case, none of the requested providers responded. Since it is the choice of the provider whether to respond, these random negative results are to be expected.
  
An update to the SIL files is in the works, and we are intent on adjusting the service guidelines when and where we see an opportunity to make meaningful improvements.
 

 

 

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