National Genealogical Society

References for Researching

Querying for Results

As a family historian, you'll ask for information from other researchers who may be tracing the same family lines. Queries may be published in magazines, genealogical society publications, or online mail lists or forums. Writing a concise paragraph that clearly defines your question will help readers understand what you want. Follow the hints and use the Query Abbreviations to write an effective query.

Submit a Query to NGS

NGS members may submit queries to be published in NGS Magazine. Send queries by e-mail to [email protected] and be sure to include your membership number.

Writing a Query

Not sure how to write a good query? View an example and read some helpful hints for Writing a Query.


Use these standard Query Abbreviations to save space and help ensure a concise, readable query.

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