Posted By:J Christiansen
Subject:Re: Bailey/powers- south Carolina
Post Date:November 27, 2012 at 05:01:27
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Forum:South Carolina Genealogy Forum
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Hi there, your query states, “I am looking for info on Nora Bailey Powers February 24, 1900-March 17, 1975.” That’s all the genealogically useful information you shared about Nora.

In your next post you revealed you know many facts, but you still didn’t state them. For example you know where Nora was living in 1930, but we still don’t know. You know Nora’s children’s names but we don't, and there’s an unknown kid with her who could be a clue but is unnamed. You have an obit that names Nora! You know Nora’s sister’s name. You seem to know where Nora lived when she first got married and an approximate time and possible place for the marriage (South Carolina?). If you will post a transcription of the 1930 census instead of describing it - and ditto for the other records - important clues won’t get lost in the telling. Many records refer to a COUNTY, within a STATE, so that’s the kind of place name we need. My guess is you don’t realize the importance of the facts in your possession (full dates, full names for people and places).

Why is this sharing so important? A volunteer may run into more than one similar person in the records and needs all the details you can add to differentiate which person is “yours.” Sometimes a researcher can indeed start with very little to go on and still find the right family. In your case I think the main problem is that you know a lot you aren’t telling, so it’s hard to figure out what you need - what does a volunteer search for? No one wants to research a topic, possibly spending hours, and then have the person say “I already have that information.” The volunteer wants to find the information you DON”T have, but want.

I think maybe this lack of sharing what you know is why your thread ground to a halt. If you are still looking, you could post a new, more complete, query to draw the attention of volunteers who are looking forward to helping you.

I hope you don’t mind this “motherly” advice, and I hope I’ve expressed it respectfully and with caring for you and your project. We've all been on the learning curve, and most of us are still on it and always will be! All best wishes.