I love hearing from distant cousins and fellow researchers. Unfortunately I no longer have as much time to devote to genealogy and correspondence as I once did. Therefore I am not able to answer all the many emails I receive. At last count (May 2013) I have a backlog of over 8,000 unanswered messages (really!) going back several years. I read every email that comes in. Sometimes I am able to answer right away or within a day or two. However, I am not generally able to do that and after a day or two has passed, your email will be buried under many others. I'm sorry about this, but I just can't do anything about it. I do answer some long after they are received, but I can't guarantee I will be able to do that. If I have no data on the person you are seeking, I will generally let you know right away.
Please don't let the above discourage you from writing. I wanted to explain my situation so you won't be upset or worried that I don't respond quickly (or at all). I do apologize for this, but I am only one person, and I do genealogy for fun, but I also must work full time, and my genealogy time is very limited.
If you do write me, I suggest you keep it short (don't waste a lot of effort in case I'm not able to respond), but do be specific about who you are interested in. Don't just give a name, but also include dates and places so I can be sure who you are asking about. For example, just asking about "William Hensley" isn't too helpful as I have hundreds (if not thousands) of those in my files. Tell me specifically which William Hensley you are interested in.
Please don't share anything with me that you wouldn't want me to share with others.