What, Where, Why, How, and Who
Many people need at one time or another an authoritative resource on the history and function of the Internet. William Stewart (with his PhD in computer science) has assembled such a site: LivingInternet, a framed collection of documents with overviews and details. This site covers the Net in general, the Web, Usenet, e-mail and mailing lists, chat, and more. For each topic, William has useful categories such as How It Works, How to Use It, Why It's Important, and Security Issues. His linked list of references is superb even though the destination sites remain inside his frames. Librarians and academics, in particular, are likely to love William's selectivity. You'll also find biographies of Net founders. By Net standards, the subject matter and depth make LivingInternet a classic.
FIANNA-L. A mailing list for those who are researching
Irish ancestry and history to discuss ways of improving their skills in
searching for their Irish ancestors. Subscribers are welcome to post questions
and information regarding sources and methods for Irish research. Specific
questions on individual ancestors are beyond the scope of the list.
To subscribe send
the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body
of a message to firstname.lastname@example.org (mail
mode) or email@example.com (digest
To subscribe to GENIRE-L, go to rootsweb, lists by country.
To subscribe to IRELAND-L, go to rootsweb, lists by country.
To subscribe to Scotch-Irish-L, go to rootsweb, ethnic groups.
To subscribe to ScotlandGenWeb-L, go to rootsweb, lists by country
To subscribe to IrelandGenWeb-L, go to rootsweb, lists by country
To subscribe to Shamrock-L, go to rootsweb
If people wish to contact the listowner of any RootsWeb mailing
list or whoever is covering for them the easiest address to remember
is the administrative address and that will forward it on.
The generic administrative addresses are 'listname'-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org
where 'listname' is replaced by the name of the list you're contacting.
All rootsweb lists are now being archived at
To use the Archiver you will need to pick a user name and
password and you will need to accept a cookie. The reason for
passwords and cookies is to keep spammers' e-mail address
harvesters *out* of the archives. Because of this password-and-
cookie feature, listowners can set up lists to be archived with
confidence that they are *not* exposing posters' addresses to
spammers. We encourage all RootsWeb listowners to visit the
Archiver and then include their lists in the archives.
Searching ROOTSWEB LISTS
Go to http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl
type in the name of the list, then on the next page type in a surname or
location, or even a person who wrote the post and it will bring up all
messages containing those words.
This is a good way for new members of any list to see old answers and to
see if anyone else has ever asked about your surname or place of origin.
IF you have a web page, here's a neat hint:
Here's a way to prevent the spam scum robots from gleaning your
e-mail address from a HTML page -- and maybe even from e-mail
publications and newsgroups. When you enter a mailto in a Web page,
format it as follows:
It works just fine when someone clicks on it, but when the robots
pick it up they end up with an invalid address.