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Today’s Tip:  If  you are looking for ancestors on line … post here, post there, post everywhere!
If you are working on a family surname that has you especially stumped, but sure to post our question, status, info, etc. to every relevant message board ….. you never know which one might result in a hit later on!
When working on an elusive ancestor, I suggest that you post your query, information as to what you have discovered so far, and contact information on as many message board/online communities as you can.
Rarely is there only one message board/community that could hold that golden key to unlock some name for you!
For instance, I recently was working on a line from Cornwall.  I posted on the Cornish boards, the UK boards, the England boards, and the surname boards.  Then I hit the specific genealogy societies where I could post as well.
Then I came overseas to the States …. this line spent time in Ohio — so I posted on the Ohio boards that were possibilities.  Then this family moved to Canada, so I did the same on Canadian boards up North!  
In the States, I also post to boards in neighboring counties, since a far number of societies go by geography and I wouldn’t want to miss someone who moved out of town a few miles — or was moved to a new country when it had its’ boundaries redrawn.
I have had wonderful luck with these postings …. although they can be long time a comin’!  I had two recently that were both posted several years back …. but they bore gold!
So …. post here, post there, post most anywhere you think might work!  
Onward To Our Past,
Scott 

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