CanadaGenWeb Queries

Writing & Posting an Effective Query

Know where you're posting! Some query pages only allow certain queries. Read the instructions FIRST, then post your query if it fits the topic of the board. CanadaGenWeb queries work in this manner. There is a board for 'Unknown Canada Province/Territory' which is to be used *only if you do not know where in Canada* you are searching. The Province/Territory query boards are for queries when you know the Province or Territory, County/District/Shire/Town query boards (linked from the Province/Territory sites) are if you have a specific place name.

Cover the basic information and end it there -- Who are you looking for? When were they living (birth & death years)? Where did they live? What specifically do you want to know about them?

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Know what area you're researching -- meaning the Province or Territory of Canada. If you're unsure which Province or Territory a County, District, Shire, Town, Village, or City is in.

Avoid short forms such as b, m, d. Not everyone knows what these short forms mean, and short forms used in North America may not be the same as those used overseas. Even avoid short forms when you think it's an internationally recognized one. For example, CA can be interpreted as Canada, or California (USA).

Avoid number dates (e.g. 09/01/88). This can be interpreted several ways -> Sep 1 1888, 9 Jan 1888, Sep 1 1988, etc. Spell out the month and year!!

Never write a query in a rush. Take your time. Go over it a few times to ensure what you're looking for is clear.

Keep it short. Aim for less than 500 words. The longer your query, the less likely people are to read it.

Post Your Query
These links take you to the Province / Territory GenWeb site, from there choose the area you need, then locate the query board link for that area. Queries posted on the wrong query board may be deleted or moved without notice.

Avoid cross-posting or "spamming" your query. Pick the ONE query board that is best suited for your query (Tip: the closer you are to your area of research the more likely you are to get a response).

As much as possible avoid posting a query on a query board that covers a broad geographical area (ie, a board for Canada queries or a board for Provincial queries). These boards tend to get dozens of new queries each day and with each new query posted your query gets farther and farther down the list and harder to find. Only use these type of query boards when you don't know where in Canada or where in the Province/Territory you need.