11 December 2003
If you need additional help
researching your Acadia Parish connections, you will receive broader coverage if
you use the
Rootsweb Acadia Message Board and submit your request for assistance
through the message board. If you subscribe to the board, you will
then receive notification of message traffic coming across that board from other
Tips For Creating a Good Query
Whether you use a
Query Message Board, or directly contact a research volunteer for help, here are a few basic
guidelines that will increase possibilities for a successful result. They
- In the subject of your message, type:
Acadia Parish Query.
- Include the SURNAME(s) in UPPER CASE
letters in the appropriate block (if using the Query Board), as well as in the
body of the message. If using regular email, include the applicable
SURNAME in subject line.
- If possible, include the full name of the person. Show the SURNAME
in UPPER CASE letters; and, the given name in lower/mixed case.
- Include known dates of birth, marriage,
and death, as applicable, for the person and family members.
- Most specific location known on this person.
- Mention county (parish) by name.
- Names of person's parents, spouse(s), siblings and children.
- Any specific question(s) about this person.
By focusing on a single request and by
providing sufficient detail, you will enable the researcher to focus and assist,
as well. This will improve odds that someone will volunteer to answer the
call and provide the information. Remember, the volunteer is also
doing research. It would also be helpful, in the spirit of sharing, if you
provide the researcher with information to indicate how you are connected to the
person who is the subject of your query.
There should be no doubt that researchers
will do their best to share information with you, provided you give them the
necessary information for a successful search. Don't be one who submits an
extremely cryptic or guarded query by failing to offer worthwhile
information. You can't expect the researcher to blindly search volumes to
find information on an individual or group, when the requestor is unwilling to
offer even their own given name. Do your part to help them help you.
Time is a valuable resource. Share the essentials.