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Instead of just saying "looking for data on my grandfather" say
something like "looking for data on my grandfather, Jose Lopez,
who owned a grocery in Matanzas in the late 1800's..." If
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specific surname or individual, you might consider posting a query
in our Cuban Surname Query Board. Board queries
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the world can easily find messages related to a given surname.
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when a CUBA-L reader replies to the message on the CUBA-L list
rather than by posting a follow up query in the Cuban Surname Query
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States. We therefore prefer postings in the English language.
We have, however, many readers outside the US who do not speak
English, so postings in Spanish are also permitted. If you are
bilingual, you are encouraged to post in BOTH English and Spanish
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on the list will post a fact or answer a question of interest
to you. Please be considerate to other list subscribers and
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BAR YOU FROM EVER POSTING MESSAGES IN THE FUTURE.
We suggest you post all surname (last name) queries in our Cuban
Surname Bulletin Board, not in the CUBA-L list..
Surname queries are automatically archived and indexed by surname
and can be edited or removed at the request of the poster. Currently all surname queries are automatically forwarded to the CUBA-L list.
to Browse the Archive of Previous Messages
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