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Ontario GenWeb Project: Writing an Effective OntarioGenWeb Query
Writing an Effective OntarioGenWeb 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. Note that OntarioGenWeb queries work in this manner! There is a board for 'Unknown Ontario County/District' which is to be used *only if you do not know where in Ontario* you are searching. Use the County/District query boards for place specific queries, or the CanadaGenWeb query board if you do not know where in Canada.

  • Pick one main surname for which to base the query upon.

  • 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 do you want to know about them?

  • Know what area you're researching -- meaning the County or District of Ontario. If you're unsure what County or District a town, village, or city is in, visit the Ontario Locator

  • 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 such as 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 queries to no more than 500 words, or 10 lines. The longer your query, the less likely people are to read it

    A query is NOT:

  • A descendancy or pedigree chart. A query is an inquiry, or a question. Where's the question in a descendancy or pedigree chart?

  • "Researching these surnames in this county/district" -- Please remit surname listings to the 'Surnames Of Ontario' page

    Need more help writing a query? Read What Is The Question?

    OntarioGenWeb Queries
    NOTE: These query boards are area-specific! Choose the ONE area where your query fits best (Note that the 'Unknown Ontario County/District' is to be used *only if you do not know where in Ontario* you are searching). Use the County/District query boards for place specific queries, or the CanadaGenWeb query board if you do not know where in Canada.
  • Algoma District
  • Brant County
  • Bruce County
  • Carleton County
  • Cochrane District
  • Dufferin County
  • Dundas County
  • Durham County
  • Elgin County
  • Essex County
  • Frontenac County
  • Glengarry County
  • Grenville County
  • Grey County
  • Haldimand County
  • Haliburton County
  • Halton County
  • Hastings County
  • Huron County
  • Kenora District
  • Kent County
  • Lambton County
  • Lanark County
  • Leeds County
  • Lennox & Addington County
  • Lincoln County
  • Manitoulin District
  • Middlesex County
  • Muskoka District
  • Nipissing District
  • Norfolk County
  • Northumberland County
  • Ontario County
  • Oxford County
  • Parry Sound District
  • Peel County
  • Perth County
  • Peterborough County
  • Prescott County
  • Prince Edward County
  • Rainy River District
  • Renfrew County
  • Russell County
  • Simcoe County
  • Stormont County
  • Sudbury District
  • Temiskaming District
  • Thunder Bay District
  • Victoria County
  • Waterloo County
  • Welland County
  • Wellington County
  • Wentworth County
  • York County
  • Unknown Area in Ontario
    (If you have a place name, please post your query in the appropriate county/district. Use Ontario Locator if needed). Area specific or 'somewhere in Canada' queries posted on this board are deleted without notification.

    Unknown Area in Canada
    (meaning you don't know which province/territory) Province or area specific queries posted on this board are deleted without notification

  • Finding something on this website
    Ontario genealogy resources
    Finding a place in Ontario
    Overcoming a brick wall
    A question about research
    Posting a query
    Searching outside Ontario, but still in Canada
    Searching outside Canada
    The meaning of a word
    Finding others researching my surname
    How to research a specific area in Ontario
    Genealogy Forms
    OntarioGenWeb Mailing List
    None of the above

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