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Re: Please, tell me about success!?
Posted by: Pat Date: January 06, 1999 at 00:19:47
In Reply to: Please, tell me about success!? by Victoria Williams of 1177

Dear Victoria,

The first most important thing to learn is to Keep Good Notes on your References!!! I cannot Stress this enough...

When first starting out, I figured I might find a few relatives, and did not make very good notes... but later, when I started getting more and more connections, the people were asking "what are your sources??" Cant be too careful!

One area people over look are the Funeral Homes!! I have had tremendous success with them. If you know where, or take a good guess at where they are burried, the cemetery is required to keep some data on the person... most likely listing the funeral home. I have found where one funeral home actually kept copies of the Obits from the early 1900s!! What a find!!

One more: (besides the basic look at microfilms, etc etc) Get your Queries out there!! Post them all over, to any site that accepts surname lists, etc... the more your surnames are listed with your email attached, the more likely someone will find you! (Mailing lists are great for your major names) I now have a list of some dozen or so "cousins" just from the net.

Good Luck!
Pat

PS-- Always end your emails with:
Researching: :-)
Adams, Ball, Banke, Barnard, Chinn, Dane, Faulkner, Garner, Hanning, Junken, Marble, Pollow, Raine, Richardson, Riess, Ross, Strisel

as even these messages are "searchable"

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