Ways You Can HELP This Web Site (and other sites also)
The Internet can be an extremely powerful tool to
genealogists. It provides a virtually free communications link to
other people that would otherwise be impossible to contact.
However, the catch is that everyone has to put out at least a
little effort to help others. A few ideas of how you might help
- If you have general or specific information about
Montague County conveniently available to you, you could
volunteer to do "look-ups" in those materials
for individuals requesting help. It would work something
like this. We would post a message that says "Sally
Sue Smith has a book entitled
FIVE FAMILIES OF MONTAGUE and has
graciously offered to do look-ups in that publication.
Please limit to one surname. She may be contacted via
email at firstname.lastname@example.org " or whatever
limitations you would like to impose. Even if you only
have limited resources (of information), that is
sometimes helpful if someone is trying to research
Montague County when they live out of the area.
- If you live in Montague County and from time to time go
to a facility that has records, publications, etc. that
would be of interest to others, compile a list of that
information (on your computer) and email it to the
webmaster. Soon we will start a list of useful
publications, facilities, and other information that
should prove helpful to anyone interested in Montague
- If you are reading this, you undoubtedly have a computer
available. The reason you are able to read it is because
someone took the time to TYPE
IT INTO A COMPUTER. Well ........ there
are literally millions of useful public and private
records that are hand written and could be of enormous
benefit if they were "captured" into computer
files. If you are able to type relatively easily, you
might volunteer to type some of those records. Better
still, you might even locate beneficial records AND type
- If you have any other ideas on how you (or others) could
help, please let me know.
You Are NEW At Posting Queries
There are several web sites that have their own ideas about how
to post a query and demand that you follow their guidelines. This
site doesn't demand anything ...... but we do have a few
ideas that might help. Consider the following:
- Be Sure to include the County Name.
Part of the basic idea of the GenWeb project is to have
each county in the U.S. represented by its own web site.
At many of those sites (including this one), if the
county name is not specifically mentioned, the query will
be posted in the "general area queries" instead
of the "county queries". Suffice it to say, the
"county queries" get more attention than the
"general area queries"
- Place SURNAMES that you are seeking IN ALL
CAPS. If someone is browsing through a list
of queries, something is going to have to catch their eye
if your query is to be answered. Since you don't usually
have control over other highlight features available
(i.e. bold, underline, color, Font Size, etc.) use ALL CAPS for the SURNAME to
make it stand out.
- Submit a reasonable number of surnames per
query. If you submit too many surnames in a
single query, you may not be taken seriously. Ideally,
one surname per query is not a bad idea ..... two,
three, maybe four, is OK ...... above that ......
consider breaking the list into several different queries.
- Provide sufficient information. A
query that simply indicates a surname without dates,
places, etc. (especially for common names ... i.e. Smith,
Jones, etc.) doesn't really identify the person you are
seeking very well. Consider something like "Seeking
information on Robert T. Smith, born abt. 1890, place
unknown, wifes name unknown,
had children named Sally, Billy, and Tom. Resided in
Dallas about 1925" instead of "need info on Bob
- Think before you hit the submit button.
Read and re-read the query before submitting it. Ask
yourself 1) Did I leave any pertinent information out? 2)
Is my email address correct? 3) Does this look OK? Once
you hit the submit button, it may not be a trivial matter
to get it changed ....... depending on where it gets
posted. Queries often go into an archive file (at a
remote site) as well as showing up on a particular web
page. Sending a change to your query (maybe even only a
few minutes later) will not change the archive file. Why
is that important? Because the archive file is where some
of the massive research databases get their data.
Hope these ideas help. Happy hunting!.