LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS

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If you have references dealing with Chester County and would be willing to do lookups for others, please let us know! Send e-mail to ferg@ntelos.net

When asking for a lookup, there are a few rules that you need to follow. Volunteers will only do lookups if they are presented in the following way ... because we have many, many people requiring our help, we are unable to to personal research. What we CAN do is look to see if the name you send us appears in the index of whatever book of CD you've chosen. We will then send you whateve it is we find.

First place CHESTER COUNTY LOOKUP in the subject slot.

Second, in the first line of the message, put the name of the book or CD from which you wish the volunteer to do your lookup. Next, a short statement containing the name of the individual and what you hope to find. Sign your name and send.

Your query should look like this:

CHESTER COUNTY LOOKUP (this is the subject line)

Immigration Records: Immigrants to PA 1600-1800 (the title of the lookup resource)

Could you please see if there is a record of the arrival of Joe Blow. He was in Chester County for the 1790 census. Thanks for any help you may be able to give me.

Sign your name.

This has the correct subject, lists in the first line the name of the resource from which you wish your lookup done, and then the query is clearly stated with both given and surname and a date to indicate when the arrival would have been. Nothing more is needed.

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1) Only ask ONE (1) person to do each lookup...there is no need to ask 2 volunteers to do the same thing...it's a waste of someone's time and unnecessary...so, just contact one of the folks per resource.

2) When asking for a lookup, there are a few rules that you need to follow. Volunteers will only do lookups if they are presented in the following way ... because we have many, many people requiring our help, we are unable to to personal research. What we CAN do is look to see if the name you send us appears in the index of whatever book of CD you've chosen. We will then send you whatever it is we find. If you need the author of the resource or page # , you must ask when you place your original query....we won't look it up twice.

3) ALWAYS include some sort of a date....all gen. materials cover specific time frames, so a date is necessary, even if only an approximate one.

4) Always acknowledge receiving the information, even  if it is not what you want to hear...remember, these folks are doing YOU a favor by doing research for you in their resources, and the only way that they have to know if it has reached you is for YOU to let them know it arrived.......when you receive it, simply hit REPLY and type in, for example, "thanks so much for your help; I certainly appreciate it", sign it and hit send....this takes 4 seconds and is the very least you can do for a complete stranger who has helped you.

5) Remember, these are done by folks that are as busy as your are, so they may take a while...be patient!

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This page was updated on January 11, 2012