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Use the IRL-KERRY-L list for discussion of the history of
Kerry County, Ireland, and the genealogy of Kerry County families. Discussion
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How to Write a Well Worded Query
What is it you want to know?
Choose the surname for your query... a person/family to focus on who you want the information on the most. Start with the information that you are seeking. Narrow your query down to a specific location or region if possible. If your query is for a very common the surname, try mentioning an area or you may get too many false leads. Narrow it down to a specific time frame if you can. Mention the religions if known. Try to be clear - use upper case letters for SURNAMES. List females by maiden name.
An effective query looks like this:
Looking for information on the descendants of Alex O'CONNOR b abt. 1860 in Some Co., State. He was the oldest son of Thomas O'CONNOR and Sally FITZGERALD of Ireland, possibly Co Kerry. He married Mary GREANEY in 1885 in Another Co., State and were likely the parents of John, James, Mary, Catherine, Bridget, Patrick, Johanna. They were Catholic.
Also researching the MARTIN, MURPHY, HEFFRON, MORIARTY related families.
This query mentions a time frame, localities, and related surnames and family given
names (maybe family pattern clue). The families mentioned aren't just other families
in a tree but are interrelated with this primary surname, which will help cut down
Queries can start off like this:
Wanting information regarding...
Looking for descendants of...
Seeking information on...
Wishing to communicate with others researching...
Need parents (wife, husband, children, etc.) of...
Lastly- read it back to yourself ... is it clear?
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