Quinte Branch Surname
Interest List (SIL)
Helping Hands Outreach Program
at Quinte Branch:
to facilitate research collaboration, brick wall demolition, and cousin
This SIL replaces the Surname Interest List published annually in our
December issue of the Quinte Searchlight newsletter. We intend to
publish updates here, twice a year, on or about June and December.
The SIL is comprised of family surnames of interest to our members, past
members and library contacts (AKA the providers), based on their
research focus in Hastings, Prince Edward, and neighboring Counties.
The SIL is offered below in two downloadable files:
> one sorted by surname, which depicts the number of providers
researching, for example, the name "Jones"
> one sorted by providers, which depicts all of the surnames of interest
to each provider.
Download the files and check out the possibilities that one or more of
our SIL providers may have similar or identical research interests to
If you decide that you would like to make contact with a provider, send
us an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with "SIL Contact Request" in the subject
line. In the text of your message include, at a minimum, the code number
of the provider(s) and the surname(s) in which you are interested, plus
a brief note about the primary ancestors in each surname. This will help
the provider to better determine if you are researching, for example,
the same Jones family.
We will forward your contact request email to each provider you have
identified and we will ask them to consider replying to your SIL
message. It will be entirely up to them, much like tree owner requests
on Ancestry and other well-known genealogical websites.
SIL by Surname (download file)
*Updated October 2017
SIL by Provider
*Updated October 2017
Surname Interest List (SIL) Update
- November 2016
In June of this year, Quinte Branch announced and released a new
internet based SIL service to facilitate the efforts of family history
researchers who share common interests and objectives with respect to
the same ancestral families to collaborate with each other. In addition
to broadening the access to SIL vis a vis Quinte Branch, we also
expanded the number of potential contacts to be made while enhancing and
preserving privacy concerns.
Moreover, for the first time in over 36 years, Quinte Branch Council
finally has visibility of the activity generated by this service, and
through feedback, awareness of the benefits and shortfalls.
Since the end of June, we have had about 20 requests from member, past
members and non-members for contact with providers of the Surname
Interest List opportunities. That resulted in about 80 plus requests for
contact with providers. Some providers chose not to respond, and in one
case, none of the requested providers responded. Since it is the choice
of the provider whether to respond, these random negative results are to
An update to the SIL files is in the works, and we are intent on
adjusting the service guidelines when and where we see an opportunity to
make meaningful improvements.
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