Giving enough information
To the newbie family researcher: I would love to try to help you as would others. However, if you only ask a question without giving us enough information to begin the searching, we "treasure hunters" in the community can not assist, and then you think no one cares. The example under the "title or question" when you posted helps some, but is rather vague unless "SMITH in Minnesota" is all you have. It would help if you were to say, "Looking for George SMITH in Minnesota around 1870", and if you could add in the content area that "George was married to Rebecca" it would surely help. As much as you can give is helpful. Someone may not know of either "George or Rebecca SMITH" but if you had added the names of any children you knew of....maybe someone in our tree had married into a SMITH family of Minnesota whose mom and dad were named Rebecca and George. That is often how the links are forged. Many of us have little information of our forebearers for one reason or another and it can be a difficult journey to find our heritage alone. This forum certainly helps if we all will give it a fair chance. Happy Hunting!