Do Query Letters Have You Stumped?

Writing to Courthouses

You need information from a courthouse in Vermont.


Your grandfather's World War II military service records are located in the National Archives in Washington, DC.

You can't travel there. How do you get the information?

Write a letter.

Oh yeah? What if you don't know how?

Watch this space for a link to a free series of reports on how to write the kind of letters you need.

And for free forms to use!

Unlocking the Skeleton Closet

Perhaps your problem isn't official mail.

Maybe Aunt Gertie has a family Bible with family information she's going to take with her to the grave. Literally. She wants the Bible placed in her coffin when she dies!

Or how about Gramdpa who has declared in front of the church that he is never going to gossip about family matters.

Is there a letter-writing strategy that can get these reluctant "family skeleton" defenders to open up a bit?

Watch this spot for a series of suggestions for letters that may retrieve the information.

Getting Permission to
Use Published Materials

You read a great article about Uncle Henry's bout with "the devil." You want to photocopy it and send to several family members.

Or, you want to include it in a family newsletter.

Or, you want to put it up on your web site.

Or, you want to use it in some way.

But it's a copyrighted article. You want to be honest, especially if your dishonesty, if detected, could cost you several thousands of dollars per use.

So, how do you go about getting permission, written permission,to use it.

For a form letter you can use to send for permission,

and a report on copyright use and abuse,

and a technique on how to use material without violating its copyright protection, go to the link soon to be posted here.


Letter writing is quite a useful tool. It can also be a lot of work. Not to mention challenging.

The links to be placed on this site will make the chore much easier.

It always helps to have a little help.