After you have posted your
message on the AZGenWeb's
queries forum, you'll want to take advantage of additional
avenues off this site. They are the mailing lists and the message boards.
quickest way to make progress in genealogical research is to connect with
someone who is further along or is more experienced than you are. Keep in mind
that a large part of the fun of genealogy is the relationships you develop with
people along the way. Be kind, courteous, helpful, slow to take offense, and
quick to forgive, and you will be rewarded.
a.k.a. Email Discussion Groups
Being part of a mailing list is like having
your own virtual research community. It's an easy way to network with other
genealogists to share distant ancestors, get answers to questions, request
lookups and swap research stories. Genealogy mailing lists are free, fun and
are often one of the best online possibilities for filling in some of the
blanks in your family tree. These same lists not only help you find
information about your ancestors but many times can connect you with people
who have research interests similar to yours.
The following site indexes links for all
known genealogy mailing lists, including RootsWeb and others:
Several others lists you might be interested in that don't show at the above site are:
- General discussion list for genealogy in Arizona.
- Dedicated to discussing Tombstone history and the events and
people that engulfed the Arizona town in the late 1800's.
- A place to share memories and pictures of the Tucson which is rapidly slipping into the past, and the Tucson that is gone forever.
A message board is a
computerized version of the old-fashioned bulletin board. You'll find
message boards related to surnames, localities, and other topics. By posting
a message to the appropriate message board, you create a record through
which other researchers can find you. There are county message boards of
interest outside this site.
Use the drop down menu to go to the board (opens a new window.)
Arizona boards at Genforum
Arizona boards at Rootsweb.Ancestry
However, many times you'll find a queries
board directly at the AZGenWeb county site that has no outside affiliation
(with genforum or rootsweb).
Be sure to use them as well.
National Genealogical Society,
allow queries in some of their publications. You might also want to check
for a historical or genealogical society magazine or newsletter that is
published in the county or region where your ancestors lived — it will often be
published by the genealogical society in that area. If someone is
researching the same family line as you, it is possible that they subscribe
to the newsletter and have already posted a query, or will see a query that