When you send in a genealogical query, there a few basic points to cover:
- put in as much information about the person you are making the query about as possible. This includes:
- name (variant spellings should be indicated in full in brackets)
- dates (birth, death, marriage, arrival in Canada, or the area covered by this GenWeb site)
- names of relatives (e.g., wife, husband, parents, siblings, children), if relevant
Make sure you proofread your query:
- spelling should be correct
- uppercase letters should be uppercase, etc.
- you ask a question
If you send out a general request for help, as in the examples below, you will not get much help and your query will likely be deleted from the query page (after being notified first). Nobody is really going to want to provide everything that they have.
Examples that likely won't get a response and that will be deleted.
1. Would like information on the following families: Wilson, Sparks, Johnson, Anderson, Bergeron.
2. Would like information on the Herchmer family. Originated in the USA.
3. Any information of the Jones family of X County (wrong site chosen for posting query).
See further comments and suggestions on query writing here.
Here are some links to several places where queries can be posted.
Check out the Places page if you are not certain if the location is in Thunder Bay District.
- Thunder Bay District
This one is specifically for Thunder Bay District. If your query involves other counties, post it there, too. Responses involving the other county should be posted to that county's query page.
- Ontario - general
Use when you know the province is Ontario but are uncertain of the correct site in Ontario. This includes Upper Canada and Canada West.
- Canada - unknown
Use when the location is known as Canada or the province is unknown.
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