Join the Helplist


To add yourself to the Genealogy Helplist for Virginia, send me an e-mail supplying the information enumerated below. Refer to the list pages for examples.  We need the following:

  1. Name and internet-style email address.
  2. Institution(s) or repositories where you are willing to look up information (library, courthouse, state archive, etc. and the city, county, state.)
  3. Specific items you can help with for each institution (census, vital records, etc. with specific dates if possible.)

Please only list places where you can go on a fairly regular basis. Remember you will be doing this on a strictly voluntary basis, so don't list things that will take hours of research unless you are really willing to do it.

Try to list items that aren't widely available to others and are of general interest to others. In fact, I will not add the following to the Helplist so don't list them:

Information concerning one particular surname, one-name study information, etc.

Personal databases. Exception: Databases that cover a particular area and not just your family.

Listings that only give a place, but no specific items. People do not know what is available at these places. Exception: If you list a county courthouse I will add the specific item "Courthouse records". Most people have a general idea what is at a county courthouse.World Family Tree and the Social Security Death Index. Exception: I'll add these only if you also list some other items.  There are currently many who offer lookups for these CDROMS.

Family History Center/LDS information that can be found at any FHC or offers to order microfilm from Salt Lake City. There are FHCs all over and almost everyone has access to this. Exception: If your FHC has microfilm on hand (you don't have to order it), or unique information not found at other FHCs, you can list these.

Due to the amount of time it takes to maintain the Helplist, I may not respond to entries that do not contain anything that I can add to the Helplist.

Please remember that you cannot in any way profit from looking up the items you list. You may recover costs you spend directly on the behalf of someone else (if both parties agree) such as copy costs and postage, but you cannot charge for your time. If you feel that something needs too much research to do for free, simply don't list it.


        Important: Double check your email address. If it is not correct I have no way to contact you.


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