USGenWeb will not tolerate any copyright violations. Lookup requests should be limited to one name, or perhaps two if it is a married couple. Information given will be minimal, for example if it is a cemetery lookup, the information will be the name of the cemetery and the dates on the headstone. Please do not ask for "everybody with X surname" or an entire family group, or for hardcopies to be mailed; the volunteers have been asked not to comply with such requests.
Our lookups will extend to searching the book to determine if the book would be helpful to you in your research. Should the book prove useful, we can in most cases provide the authors address.

Remember these people are volunteers doing YOU a favor. Be polite and appreciative and do not ask "for the moon" or lookups on 15 people.

If you are asking for help from a link on the look up page, please mention what material you are asking for a lookup from. The volunteer may have 15 items listed that she will do lookups in and they all come in on the same request form. If you are specific she will know where to look.

When you ask someone for help give them enough information to be able to help you. These people are very willing to help, but they are not mind readers. You have all of this in mind when you write your query, but unless you can tell the researcher where to look you will not get the information that you need. Great grandpa may have been born in the county where you are making a query, BUT would he appear first on the 1860, 1870 or 1880 census? Was he old enough to pay taxes, or even old enough to pay a poll tax? If you are looking for a cemetery record, do you have any idea where the family lived, when did he die? Please keep in mind that life was not always so fast paced and money so easy to come by. You could have 75 ancestors buried in this county but if the family could not afford tombstones, their resting place will forever remain a mystery. If Grandpa and Grandma married in this county tell them approximately when.

We have a very useful book "Coryell County Families". The book is sold out but the people whose lives are chronicled in this book are put in there because some of their descendants were aware that this book was being prepared and wanted to record their lineage for generations to come. It is wonderful to find that the family you are searching for is written up in a nice book like this. BUT, even if your family left no descendants in this area the book is invaluable because of learning about the area in which they lived. Coryell County is unique in the fact that up until 1942 1/3 of this county was settled with small towns and farms that were taken over by Fort Hood. These towns disappeared forever. Many cemeteries were moved to other sites, but some still remain inside the Fort. Our home page tells you a lot of this information. When your family is chronicled in this book our volunteers may quote part of it to you, but do not expect them to copy entire stories or go to town and copy it to mail to you. Be reasonable and remember to appreciate what help you receive.

Copyright 2003 by Bobbie Ross