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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CEO, by Robert R. Tillman o REFLECTIONS OF A NEWBIE. If you are not a RootsWeb newbie, then you may wish to skip what follows. After almost seven months as CEO at RootsWeb, I would like to share with other newbies some lessons that I have learned. 1. Only a small fraction of genealogy-related information is on the Web. Most is in the form of books, documents (many hand written), photographs, microfilm and microfiche held by tens of thousands of libraries, genealogy societies, churches, local, state and national government archives, and other organizations. Much of the best information is located in the attics, file cabinets, book shelves and computers of millions of individual genealogists. If you are frustrated in searching the Web for genealogy information on the Web, there is good reason. Most of what you are looking for is not yet there. 2. The quickest way to make progress in genealogical research is to connect with someone who is further along or is more experienced than you are. I recently asked my father to document as much as he could remember about his family history. He surprised me by saying that he had just received from a distant relation a family tree printout containing details on 150 individuals in our line going back to 1850. This information likely will save me many weeks or months of research. 3. The primary purpose and function of RootsWeb is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on RootsWeb are designed to facilitate such connections. Genealogy on RootsWeb is a vast cooperative research project, possibly the largest group software application in existence. The hundreds of gigabytes of data on RootsWeb are a byproduct of millions of online genealogists sharing research. 4. The best ways for you to connect to others on RootsWeb are to ask for help, make it easy for others to find you, and give others help. Below are my suggestions for connecting to others on RootsWeb. All features cited below are free. o Join a mailing list at http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/. A mailing list is simply the e-mail party line. Every e-mail that a list subscriber sends to the list is distributed to all other list subscribers. There are more than 17,000 genealogy- related mailing lists on RootsWeb divided by surname, U.S. county and state, country, ethnic group, and topic. Subscribing to a mailing list is one of the best ways of connecting to people who share your interests. If you do not find a mailing list covering your topic of interest, start one at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/adoptrequest.html o Post a message to a GenConnect message board at http://cgi.rootsweb.com/~genbbs/. A message board is a computerized version of the old-fashioned bulletin board. There are more than 140,000 message boards on RootsWeb related to surnames, locations, and topics. By posting a message to the appropriate message board, you create a record through which other researchers can find you. If you do not find a message board covering your topic of interest, start one at http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/adoptrequest.html. o Post your family surnames on the RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) at http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi. The RSL is a registry of more than 788,000 surname entries that have been submitted by more than 165,000 online genealogists. Associated with each surname are dates, locations, and information about how to contact the person who submitted the surname. The RSL is one of the primary tools on RootsWeb that online genealogists use to contact each other. o Upload your family tree (GEDCOM file) to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/ The RootsWeb WorldConnect Project is a database of family trees submitted by thousands of RootsWeb researchers currently containing more than 14 million ancestor names. With your family tree posted here, other researchers with common ancestors can find you. o Add Post-ems to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) at http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi and to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi A Post-em is the electronic equivalent of a yellow sticky note. It allows you to attach your email address, a link to another Web address or other information to the record of any individual in these two databases. Search for your ancestors and leave your calling card attached to their names. o Build your own genealogy Web site on RootsWeb. Request free unlimited Web space on RootsWeb at http://accounts.rootsweb.com/ RootsWeb hosts more than 11,000 Web sites, most related to genealogy. Building a basic Web site is not as difficult as you might imagine. Millions of people have done it. You can get help from other RootsWeb Webmasters on the mailing lists and message boards devoted to this subject on RootsWeb. o Add a link to your Web site to RootsLink at http://resources.rootsweb.com/~rootslink/search.html. RootsLink is RootsWeb's Web address registry, where users can add and categorize a genealogy link from anywhere on the Web. Currently, there more than 4,000 links on RootsLink. o Link your Web site to the relevant surname, county, state, and/or country resource cluster at http://resources.rootsweb.com/utilities/addsite.html Thereafter, a link to your Web site will appear at the top of whatever surname, county and/or state resource cluster(s) you have chosen. Users specifically interested in the information on your Web site will see this link whenever they use the RootsWeb surname resources at http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/ This feature is ONLY available for Web sites located at RootsWeb. o Volunteer. RootsWeb hosts many of the largest volunteer genealogy projects on the Web. Volunteers locate, transcribe, and publish genealogical data and help new users. Through this work they meet other genealogists with similar interests. Information on volunteer opportunities can be found at: FREE BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH INDEX (ENGLAND AND WALES) http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/Vol_instructions.html MESSAGE BOARD/MAILING LIST ADOPTION http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/adoptrequest.html. http://resources.rootsweb.com/surnames/adoptrequest.html IMMIGRANT SHIPS TRANSCRIBERS GUILD http://istg.rootsweb.com/guild/application.html OBITUARY DAILY TIMES http://www.rootsweb.com/~obituary/#con USGENWEB PROJECT http://www.usgenweb.org/volunteers/volunteers.html USGENWEB CENSUS PROJECT http://www.usgenweb.org/census/ USGENWEB TOMBSTONE TRANSCRIPTION PROJECT http://www.rootsweb.com/~cemetery/memor_2.html#you USGENWEB ARCHIVES http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/timetodo.htm USGENWEB ARCHIVES CENSUS PROJECT http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/census/volunteer.htm USGENWEB ARCHIVES PENSIONS PROJECT http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/pensions/#WAR USGENWEB ARCHIVES DIGITAL MAPS PROJECT http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/maps/contrib.htm WORLDGENWEB http://worldgenweb.org/faq.html o Search all of RootsWeb. (See the 12/26/99 issue of RootsWeb Review at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/review/19991229.txt for an example, usable as a research template, of searching all major RootsWeb databases. See the 1/5/00 issue of RootsWeb Review at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/review/20000105.txt for a detailed explanation of how to search the RootsWeb Mailing List Archives.) Contact others with common interests who have taken the steps suggested above to make themselves easy to find. o Finally, keep in mind that a large part of the fun of genealogy is the relationships you develop with people along the way. Be kind, courteous, helpful, slow to take offense, quick to forgive, and you will be rewarded.
Written by Robert R. Tillman.
Previously published by RootsWeb.com, Inc.,
RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Genealogy News,
Vol. 3, No. 2, 12 January 2000.
o FIND UNTOLD RICHES IN THE MAILING LIST ARCHIVES. Last week, we systematically searched RootsWeb for the surname Mittelstadt. (You can find this very helpful template for searching all major RootsWeb resources in the December 29, 1999 issue of RootsWeb Review, located in the RootsWeb Review Archives as 19991229.txt at ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/review/.) One of the areas that requires a more detailed explanation is how to search the Mailing List Archives. Currently, there exist messages in the Mailing List Archives 7.7 million e-mails from RootsWeb's 15,000+ archived mailing lists. Some of these messages date back to 1987. Many messages, even those a decade old, contain vital genealogical information. There are currently two ways to search these messages. The Mailing List Threaded Archives contains 2.2 million of the most recent e-mail messages from all of RootsWeb's archived mailing lists. One can search all of these messages with a single search at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/search.html The Interactive Search of Mailing Lists provides access to all 7.7 million e-mail messages in the Mailing List Archives; however, the search process is more labor intensive. One must perform a separate search for each mailing list and for each year that such mailing list is archived. In addition, one must first know the name of the mailing list that one wishes to search. All genealogy-related mailing lists on RootsWeb are located at http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/. In addition to surname related lists there are regional, country, state, county, ethnic group, and topic-related lists. Once a list is located, the user can search it one year at a time at http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl. Do not forget to search all the years for which the list has been archived. When choosing a promising list to search, it pays to be creative and thorough. When looking for a particular ancestor, check out not only surname-related lists but also lists that relate to country of origin, places of habitation, migration routes, ethnic group, UseNet NewsGroup topics, and general interest topics (such as the Roots-L list at http://searches.rootsweb.com/roots-l.html). Wonderful gems turn up in the most unlikely places. Nevertheless, please remember that one must often mine a great deal of ore in order to find a diamond. Good luck and good hunting!Written by Robert R. Tillman.
Previously published by RootsWeb.com, Inc.,
RootsWeb Review: RootsWeb's Genealogy News,
Vol. 3, No. 1, 5 January 2000.
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