Queries & Lookups

We do not operate our own query service. And people will obtain wider exposure if they use the most popular query and message board services. We suggest any or all of the following:

Join the Rockingham County Mailing List and post a query there.

Post a query to the Rockingham County Message Board provided by Rootsweb.

How to Write a Successful Genealogy Query:

  • Select a focused topic for your query – you will achieve the best results if you limit your query to a single surname or question.
  • Use your subject line wisely – make sure that it clearly reflects the information you are seeking. “Need help” is not as likely to get results as a subject heading which contains a surname and location.
  • Separate your information into paragraphs – this makes it easier to scan quickly. The first paragraph should contain the who, what, when and where of your request. This helps to attract the attention of your audience.
  • The second paragraph should state what you already know. Letting people know which places you have already checked for information will help to cut down on unnecessary suggestions.
  • The final paragraph should provide any further details about what you don’t know and what you specifically are hoping to find.
  • Include only one surname or question per query. Too many requests may decrease your chances for a response. You will have much better results if you post each individual surname/family as a separate query.
  • Include your name and email address at the bottom of your query.
  • Read through your query at least once before sending it. Did you include all of the pertinent information? Does it make sense? Is it easy to read?
  • Post your query to the appropriate forum – there are forums available for a wide variety of topics, including surnames, countries/regions and specialty topics such as military research.
  • Keep a log of the times and places where you post your queries. This makes it easier to go back and check for responses.
  • Be sure to thank anyone who responds to your query, whether you found the information helpful or not.

Additional Tips:

  • Include surnames in the subject line.
  • Be specific. People often do not respond to queries such as “Send me all information about the POWELL family.”
  • Check online sources for answers to general research questions before posting to a list. Genealogists love to help those who help themselves.
  • Stay away from using too many abbreviations unless your space is limited. Many researchers may not recognize the abbreviations you are using.
  • Try to use a long-term email address. There are thousands of queries on the Internet with invalid email addresses.

Source: http://genealogy.about.com/cs/surname/ht/surname_query.htm

Archived Queries:

In the early days of USGenWeb queries were posted directly to this website.  The email addresses are likely invalid at this point, but the information contained in these queries may be helpful to some.  For that reason, you may still access the archived queries.


If you can help other researchers with a resource that you have, please email me so I can add you to this list.

NOTE:  Please be respectful of the volunteer’s time.  Request information on only 1-2 individuals at a time.  Do not request information on entire family surname groups.

Resource Volunteer
Ancestry.com lookups Lena – NOTE:  Lena does not live in NC and has no access to Rockingham County records.  She only has access to Ancestry.com.

Professional Genealogists

Association of Professional Genealogists

Debbie Cummings is a professional genealogist with a certificate of genealogy from Boston University.  She is not listed as an APG member.