I sincerely hope that your new year will be peaceful & happy, and that you will find that"missing link" that is eluding you.
My first "geneapost" concerns my experiences in research using the snail mail.
As you all probably know from my profile, I live in France.
Genealogy research is difficult when you live in a place that is hundreds or thousands of miles away from the ancestral homelands .
But, I still try ... with mixed results.
In 2005, I started writing to a parish in Schuylkill, County, to try and find my great-grandfather's baptismal church.
Well folks, even with a well documented letter, typed on a computer, AND with a IRC ( Int'l Reply Coupon) to pay for return postage... that letter took 4 months. Add the extra month, because the person who addressed the letter put the wrong zip... and it went to the wrong postal area !
This letter was from St Vincent de Paul church in Minersville .
After, the French postal office "sat on it" for about a month. Before it was finally delivered. That last one was because of the postal administration here !
5 months total !!
You would think that France is on another planet, considering the long respose time...
You know how we genealogists are; when we don't have our answer ( even a negative one), we don't let go !!
So friends, I tried again in 2006. I wrote to 3 other parishes. And once again, the replies are very long in coming ! I'am at 4 months... and counting .
The only one of the three that I received ( in less than 2 weeks !!! ) was from St Ambrose church in Schuylkill Haven
Thumbs up for St. Ambroses' courteous and rapid answer !!! :) .
I'll keep you posted on the 2 other replies from these Schuylkill Co churches.
If anyone has experiences ( good or bad ) with area churches, I would be interested in hearing them !
Maybe, I'am not the only one who is getting cramps waiting by the mailbox !!