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From: Stephen Hayes
To: All
Date: 2004-02-20 05:11:34
Subject: Genealogical query database

GENEALOGICAL QUERY DATABASE

People often post genealogical queries in  magazines, or in BBS con
ferences or Usenet newsgroups, but unless these queries are published
repeatedly, they can be missed.

The Genealogical Query Database is a database of such queries, which
can be searched on request, and which is continually added to.

Unlike Tiny Tafels, or indexes such as the Roots Surname List, this is
NOT an index of surname interests. There is little point in simply
repeating what is already been done very well by others. This database
is for quite specific queries about one person or one research prob-
lem. It can be used for end-of-line ancestors, or it can also be used
for missing living persons. It is modelled on the "Connections sought"
advertising section in "Family Tree magazine". It can also be used to
make known material that could interest other researchers - for exam-
ple, if, in the course of research, one collects a lot of material on
a surname in a particular area, one can make this known to others - a
reverse query, as it were.

Data is captured using the online form below. You can enter your query
simply by replying to this message, and filling in the data in the
form, but PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT FOLLOW BEFORE YOU FILL IT
IN!

======= Form begins - cut here =======================================
GENQUER[*]  Entrydate[                  ] Updated[                   ]
Surnames[
Begin[              ]  End[               ]
Place[
Source[
ResearcherName[
ResearcherAddress[                                                   ]
E-mail[
Query[
====== Form ends - cut here ==========================================

When you fill in the form, write all information between the square
brackets [ and ]. PLEASE DO NOT EDIT OR ALTER THE FIELD NAMES.

You may leave the Entrydate[ and Updated[ fields blank. I will fill
them in when I receive the form to ensure consistent date formatting.

The Surnames[ field is for the surnames you are researching. It is
best to use only one surname per form, but if there are different
spellings of the name, or if the person used more than one surname,
enter them with the most important one first, separated by a slash /.

The Begin[ and End[ fields are for the period of the search - either
the lifetime of the person, or the possible range of dates for the
event. ENTER NUMERIC YEARS ONLY - one year in the Begin[ field and one
in the End[ field. NO LETTERS PLEASE! FOUR NUMERALS ONLY PER FIELD!

The Place[ field is for the main place where the person lived, or
where they were last seen. If you enter it in the order of country,
state/province/county, city/town/district, it will be possible to sort
it. ENTER ONLY ONE PLACE IN THIS FIELD. If the person was associated
with other places, mention them in the body of the query. ENTER THE
PLACE, ONE PLACE, AND NOTHING BUT THE PLACE! If the person lived in
more than one place, put those in the query field - and repeat the
main place in the query field too. The Place[ field is only for sort-
ing.

The Source[ field is for where you are entering this query, or where
it was published. For example, Source[ Family Tree magazine, October
1996 ]. If you have entered the query on a BBS echo, put the name of
the network and the echo: Source[ Fidonet, GENEALOGY.EUR echo ].

ResearcherName[ is for the name of the person who wants the informa-
tion (or who holds the information if you are announcing information
to share with others), and ResearcherAddress[ is for their postal
address. If the address is too long to fit on one screen line, press
<Enter> BEFORE you reach the ] right square bracket, and continue on
the next line. Where field data spans more than one line, the field
must end with a ] (except in the Query[ field). The ] is optional if
the data fits on one line.

The E-mail[ field is for an e-mail address. If you don't have one,
leave it blank. If you have more than one, you may copy the field,
thus:

E-mail[
E-mail[

as many times as is necessary. If you use a Fido-type address, specify
the network and logon name, e.g. E-mail[ Steve Hayes 5:7106/22.1
Fidonet ]

The Query[ field is for the main query. It can be several lines long.
Try to make it concise but informative. Use abbreviations only if you
are sure they will be understood - b. for born, d. for died etc. Begin
with a repeat of the main surname in upper case, followed by a comma,
and the first names of the person. Also, if you abbreviate place
names, remember that a search may not be able to find them if the
abbreviations are non-standard. Try to make each query as specific as
possible. If you are posting a query, make sure you say what you are
looking for - a date or place of birth, marriage, death, names of
parents, all ancestors, all descendants or what.

If you are posting to tell others about information you have to share,
make sure it is clear just what information you have - "descendants of
John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith of Munich (Muenchen), Bavaria, Germany"
or whatever. See the samples at the end of this message.

WHERE TO SEND IT

You may send the completed forms to me by e-mail at the following
addresses:

Steve Hayes
   E-mail: shayes{at}dunelm.org.uk
           methodius{at}bigfoot.com
  Fidonet: Steve Hayes 5:7106/20
FamilyNet: Steve Hayes 8:7903/10

or post them addressed to me in the following Fidonet echoes:

GENEALOGY.EUR, I&UK_GENE, GENEALOGY

You may save the form as a text file, and copy it. You may then send
several queries in one message. Please use a separate form for each
query or search.

REPORTING

The reporting service is free: no fees, no guarantees. Just ask what
you are looking for - names and/or places.

Also, it is electronic only - both for data collection and reporting.
I don't have time to transcribe data from hard copy, and I don't have
the time or money to send out hard copy reports by snail mail.

Reports can be sent as Ascii files, or as Bronscan databases, which
can then be placed on a BBS for searching. Bronscan databases can con-
sist of the entire database, or a selection based on desired criteria,
such as queries relating to a particular country.

SAMPLES

Here are some sample reports, data culled from Family History maga-
zine, and queries of my own. Note the way in which the main body of
the query is formulated, and use it as a model for your queries - the
wording, that is - NOT the format. Don't try to type your query like
this - use the form!

CHARD 1863-1940
 Researcher: Mrs I. Chard
             98 Nightingale Road, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1RL, England, UK
  CHARD family, St Ives, Cornwall. Seeking descendants or information
  especially for: William Pearce Chard, master mariner, born 1863,
  lived Shanghai, China, from 1889, died North Vancouver, Canada,
  1943. Robert John Chard, born 1872, also lived Shanghai, China; died
  Shanhai, 1940. Oliver Chard, born 1867, lived Durban, South Africa.
  Children: Oliver, Mildred, William Pearce.
         Last updated: 10 January 1997

GREEN / GREENE 1885-1950
 Researcher: Val Hayes
             PO Box 7648, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa
             valh{at}khanya.bbs.co.za
             echo{at}icon.co.za
  GREENE, Frederick A., son of Frederick Vincent Green and Mary
  Francis Crighton, born about 1888. Served in WWI in England, jailed
  in South West Africa (Namibia) in 1932 for entering Kaokoveld
without
  a permit, and also said to have killed someone in a fight over a
  girl in Texas, USA. Said to have died in London shortly after WWII -
  run over by bus. Looking for descendants, date and place of birth &
  death, & biographical info.
         Last updated: 9 January 1997

HICKMAN 1797-1995
 Researcher: Val Hayes
             PO Box 7648, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa
             valh{at}bigfoot.com
  HICKMAN. Have information to share on descendants of Edward Hoste
  Hickman, born 1834 in Belbroughton, Worcestershire, England, son of
  Henry Hickman and Mary Noel. Edward Hoste Hickman emigrated to South
  Africa, and married Johanna Dorothea (Annie) Beningfield, and had
  numerous descendants, mainly in Natal.
         Last updated: 14 January 1997
 
Steve Hayes
  WWW: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/stevesig.htm
  E-mail: hayesmstw{at}hotmail.com - If its full of spam, see webpage. 

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