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Do you have a genealogy-related question, a surname that you want to know the meaning for, or an ancestor who just has you stumped? Then submit your question to Ask a Genealogist!

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  1. When submitting your question, please be aware that I cannot do your research for you. I will answer questions about genealogy research techniques, where to find records, what the meaning of a word is, etc. In the case of a specific research questions, I will make suggestions of possible records to search, tell you where to find them and also provide links to related online resources. For surname meanings, I will do my best to research my sources for you, but there are no guarantees.
  2. Please include as much information as possible. Include full names (including maiden names for female ancestors), dates (approximate dates are OK), places, etc. I receive questions from around the world, so please don't assume I will automatically know what country your ancestors lived in! I also reserve the right to edit/shorten questions which are chosen for publication on this site.
  3. I can't guarantee to answer all questions submitted to Ask a Genealogist, though I will do my best to try. To give your question the best chance of being answered, please be sure to follow all guidelines and include your name and correct email address. I would also suggest that you post your question to our Genealogy Forum where a great group of fellow genealogists are always happy to help with suggestions and advice.
  4. If your question is "I'm new to genealogy, where do I start" or something similar, then you may want to consider signing up for our free online Introduction to Genealogy class.
  5. By submitting your question to Ask a Genealogist you are granting your permission for the question to be published on About Genealogy. If your questions is truly something which needs to be kept private (i.e. relates to living people) then you may email me directly (be sure to let me know that you wish the question kept private).

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