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COMPOSING BETTER GENEALOGICAL QUERIES - A little over a year ago, I wrote a series of columns suggesting methods for writing an effective query - See FINICKY about FINNEY Family Research II http://www.dearmyrtle.com/04/0329b.htm. Consider these three "subject lines" for genealogy message board or mailing list postings.
GOOD (actually lousy!)
BETTER (actually a little less terrible!)
BEST (actually fantastic!)
If you want to receive detailed (read that "RELEVANT") responses to your genealogical queries, then make detailed (read that "lots of names, dates, places and bios") queries. To summarize:
IF MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN
Happy family tree climbing!