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Sandra Devlin

I write a newspaper column MISSING LINKS: which has helped hundreds of
people locate ancestors and genealogical information.
Missing Links is a self-syndicated, weekly genealogy column published in 10 Maritime newspapers. Part of each column is devoted to FREE queries from family researchers, customized to the geographic coverage of each paper. Submit queries in the same form as the sample below, using a maximum of 35 words PLUS forwarding address information. Include your snail mail/regular postal address (mandatory) for readers who are not hooked to the Internet. Don't forget your postal code or zip code. Other forwarding information also OK, but optional: E-mail, fax, telephone, etc.

Forward your query to this email and please type Missing Links in the subject line. Queries may also be submitted to mailing address given at bottom of this message.

Primary coverage areas:

 Prince Edward Island -- The Guardian, Charlottetown and Journal Pioneer, Summerside. Island-wide coverage.

New Brunswick --  Times & Transcript, column called Family Tree in this newspaper only: Covers all of New Brunswick and extreme parts of northern NS -- but with emphasis on: Albert, Kent, Kings, Northumberland and Westmorland counties. Miramichi Leader: primarily Northumberland County. The King's County Record: primarily Kings County. Northern Light, Bathurst, primarily Gloucester County.

Nova Scotia -- The Truro Daily News: all of Colchester County, parts of southern Cumberland County, east Hants County and west Pictou County in Nova Scotia. The Bulletin and Progress Enterprise: Lunenburg and Queens counties; The Port Hawkesbury Reporter: Richmond County and Bras d'or Lakes region of Cape Breton and Guysborough and Antigonish counties, mainland.

SAMPLE QUERY (this is one of my stubborn, elusive ancestors.)

O'NEILL - Who were parents of Mary Ann O'Neill (1840-1912) of Havelock,
N.B.? Married Simon A. Steeves (1840-1909) of Dawson Settlement.
Children: Michael, Lavenia (Eliot), Arezina (Palmer), Margaret (Bishop),
Maude (Ackerly), Viola "Dolly" (Chapman). Contact: Sandra Devlin, 81
Weston St., Moncton, N.B., E1A 7B8; e-mail:

1. Keep your query focused and provide useful clues for P.E.I., New Brunswick or Nova Scotian "cousins."
2. Write individual queries for different family groups.
3. Separate notes to me (Sandra Devlin) from the query itself.
4. Write out words like born, died, married, daughter, etc. The
column's  readership is not always accustomed to the shorthand of
experienced family researchers.
5. Write dates -- month, date, year - same logic as above.
6. PLEASE do not capitalize surnames in the text of query, only at the

Looking forward to receiving your query.

Sandra Devlin
Missing Links
81 Weston St.
Moncton, NB
E1A 7B8

SANDRA DEVLIN --- Missing Links

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