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How to use Post-em Notes on this site ...

Visitor contributed Post-em Notes are a valuable resource to the WPA database, frequently adding valuable new information or correcting errors made by the WPA workers.  Over 1,000 Post-em Notes were added in the past year alone and over 13,000 have been added from the beginning of the project to date.

WPA Post-em Notes can be used for many purposes by clicking on the individual's name and using the form provided.

Some Examples:

  • “This is my gg-grandfather. Would like to exchange info with others related.”
  • “John Smith’s birthdate was actually 26 Oct 1898 per [state source(s)].”
  • “Fredrick Smith's wife’s maiden name was Mary Johnson. Email me for more info.”
  • “Burial place is incorrect as listed. Should be Graceland Cem., Henry Twp.”
  • “I have info on other relatives with this surname not listed in WPA records. Contact me.”
  • View Recent Post-em Note Examples

Adding a New Post-em

Click on the individual’s name, then fill in the fields displayed. Select a password of your choosing. There is no preregistration required. (Be sure to also record your password in a safe place for future reference.)

Please keep your Post-em Notes very brief and specific to the individual listed. Obituaries should be posted to the appropriate county Obituary Message Board, then add a link to the obit via the "Post-em". Avoid using Post-em Notes as a substitute for email to others who have posted. Use the Email contact form provided to exchange further info. Post-em notes should be used to add to or to clarify information about an individual which will add to this database for genealogical purposes. Post-em notes used inappropriately are subject to removal.

Post-em Account Tools

Updating a Post-em Notes or Email Address

If you have contributed a post-em and later wish to make changes or update your email address -- the updating process is easy.

First -- do a search for the WPA record that contains your post-em and click on the appropriate record. You will then be taken to the record detail page which displays all post-ems associated with that WPA entry.

Click on the the red "Edit" button in the upper right corner of the post-em, this will expand the post-em and give you a place to input your password. You have the option of editing or deleting your postem -- if you choose edit, make sure to save your changes when you are finished.

Lost Passwords & Post-em Reminders

As a service to our users, we provide a detailed report of all post-ems you have contributed using a specific email address. Use the form below to input your email address and select "Submit". A list of all matching post-ems (and passwords) will be emailed to you within a few minutes. If the email address that a post-em was contributed under is no longer active you will need to use the "Contact Us" page to request assistance updating your old address.

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