Queries appear on Message Boards of various genealogical sites and are questions people pose in hopes that someone seeing it will have the answers they seek. Something like the Personals Column of a newspaper (“Seeking a fun-loving traveling companion who enjoys pina coladas and getting lost in the rain…”), these queries are most often about dead relatives (“Seeking the parents of Thankful Hopewell, who was born 1865 in Lancashire, PA”)
Message boards can be arranged by subject, locality or surname, and are archived, so even if you put out a query in 1995, someone in 2014 could stumble upon it and have the answer for you.
We struck gold on my husband’s line when I put in his Italian ancestor’s surname into the message board on Genealogy.com and up popped this:
I have a database of about 8,000 names of most of the families of Petina, Italy that cover the period of early 1800s to 1900.
I would like to share my database or any part of it with anyone who is interested in the Petina families…I am trying to reach as many people as I can, so if you know of ANYONE that is interested give me there number/address or forward my info to them. ~Willard Haugen
This database, once received, moved my husband’s line back several generations! Willard tells me he has sent this database off to many many people over the years (he posted this in 2007 and I came across it in 2012) and I have thus far been the only one to fulfill his request to actually share with him the corresponding lines in my database that matched his names. Get some, give some, I say!
This post is part of the A-Z Challenge 2014