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Writing a Successful Genealogy Query
 
Each query should ask a specific question or questions about one particular individual. Clearly state your question right at the start. For example: “Seeking birthplace/death/marriage of Allen Smith…” Sometimes you might want to ask a question about a number of people; for example, a husband and wife. If this can be done simply, without causing confusion it is acceptable. However, if there is no obvious connection between these individuals or if the query becomes too complicated, then submit a separate query for each individual.
 
Below is an example of a good query:
 
Looking for information about the family of COCHRAN, Tillie, b: 17 Dec 1862 in Armstrong Co., PA; d: 08 Jan 1944 in Monroe Twp, Clarion Co., PA; dau of Slone COCHRAN; m: 25 Sep 1888 to George Alonzo Henry. They had seven children: Alva Leroy, Jay C, Marion Brinker, Anna Mae (nee, MILNER), Ida Viola (nee, GEORGE), Goldie Belle (nee, SERVEY), and Wood Walter. Tillie is my Great-grandmother. I am looking for Tillie’s mother, brother(s), and sister(s).  I have very little information on Tillie and her family. I wish to correspond with others researching the COCHRAN line. Please contact <your email address> or write to me at <your street address>
 
Also researching the Henry, Harriger, Servey and Bighley families.
 
For additional details and more examples on successful genealogy query writing please use the following link at Cyndislist: http://www.cyndislist.com/queries/how-to/