ROOTSWEB REVIEW: RootsWeb's Genealogy News
Vol. 3, No. 1, 5 January 2000, Circulation: 384,415+
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IN THIS ISSUE:
o Announcements from the CEO
o U.S. Presidential Pedigrees at RootsWeb
o RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees
o Connecting through RootsWeb
o New Genealogy Mailing Lists
o New Genealogy Web Pages
o USGenWeb Archives Project
o Letters to the Editors
o Reprint Policy, Back Issues, How to Subscribe/Unsubscribe
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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CEO, by Robert R. Tillman
o WORLDCONNECT PROJECT BLOWS PAST GOAL OF 12 MILLION NAMES
UPLOADED BY 12/31/99. As of midnight on 12/31/99, 12.3 million
names had been uploaded to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project.
By the end of the day today that number had grown to 12,978,259.
Thank you to all RootsWeb users, volunteers, and staff who made
this achievement possible. Thank you particularly to Randy
Winch, the author of the WorldConnect Project software.
o WORLDCONNECT PROJECT SETS NEW GOAL OF 100 MILLION NAMES
UPLOADED BY 12/31/00. Given the success of WorldConnect to date,
we are announcing a new goal of making the WorldConnect Project
the largest and best repository of GEDCOMs on the planet, with
100 million names uploaded by the end of 2000. The WorldConnect
Project, in connecting genealogists so that they can help each
other, represents the essence of RootsWeb.
Almost 5,000 dedicated genealogists have uploaded GEDCOMs to the
WorldConnect Project. Some 380,000 people receive the RootsWeb
Review each week. According to MediaMetrix more than one million
people access the RootsWeb site each month. ANY of you who has a
family tree uploaded to ANY of the major genealogy software
packages (and almost all of the minor packages) can generate a
GEDCOM easily. Each day you delay in uploading your GEDCOM to
the WorldConnect Project is day that you may miss a breakthrough
in your research or fail to help another genealogist.
Upload your GEDCOM now. Remember that, unlike with other Web
sites, you can revise or remove your GEDCOM on RootsWeb at any
time and RootsWeb will never burn it onto a CD or charge others
to access it. There is no reason to wait. Search the names
already uploaded, upload your own GEDCOM, or find more detailed
answers to your questions regarding the WorldConnect Project at
o ROOTSWEB ACCEPTS GEDCOMs ON REMOVABLE MEDIA. If you experience
difficulty uploading your GEDCOM for any reason, please feel
free to send it on a floppy, ZIP disk, or CD to RootsWeb
WorldConnect Project, 1001 Tower Way, #120, Bakersfield, CA
93309. We will upload it for you and send you notification by
e-mail of your account name and password. Please allow two weeks
for processing. Thereafter, you can change the viewing options
at any time by going to
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
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!
o HAVE US SEARCH ROOTSWEB FOR YOU AUTOMATICALLY WHILE YOU SLEEP.
How would you like to wake up each morning, pour yourself a cup
of coffee, turn on your computer, log on to your e-mail, and be
greeted by a list of hot genealogy leads relating exactly to
your research interests? Now you can have your wish.
When you become a RootsWeb contributor or upgrade to the
$24/year level you gain access to RootsWeb's new Personalized
Mailing List. PML <http://pml.rootsweb.com/> allows you to enter
multiple complex search terms and receive daily notification by
e-mail of any new post that matches those search terms on any of
RootsWeb's nearly 15,000 archived mailing lists, 140,000 message
boards, and 780,000 RootsWeb Surname List (RSL) entries. This
magnificent tool is RootsWeb's "thank you" to its financial
o MEET NEW PEOPLE EVERY DAY. Volunteer to administer any of the
numerous county and surname mailing lists and message boards that
are available for adoption. To adopt a county mailing list or
message board, go to
<http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/adoptrequest.html>. To adopt
a surname mailing list or message board, go to
o BURY ACORNS, NOT YOUR WEB SITE. Don't squirrel away your Web
site on some forgotten corner of the Net. If you have a
genealogy or history-related Web site that is not located on
RootsWeb, then you might as well have buried it. Search engines
index only a small fraction of the Web, and then only
infrequently. Link registries include only a small number of
all genealogy sites on the Web. Move your Web site to RootsWeb,
the largest traffic genealogy Web site in the world, and people
interested in genealogy and history will FIND it (and they won't
be harassed by pop-up ads).
To date, RootsWeb has fulfilled 4,825 requests for UNLIMITED
FREE WEB SPACE from genealogical and historical societies,
family associations, individual genealogists, and others. Why
not join them? The FreePages Directory (users' pages at
FREEPAGES) includes much helpful information on establishing a
RootsWeb Web site and is located at:
o DRIVE EXACTLY THE RIGHT USERS TO YOUR ROOTSWEB WEB SITE. Link
your Web site to the relevant surname, county, state and/or
country resource cluster at
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/surnames/>
or the RootsWeb U.S. county and state resources at
<http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/>. This feature is only
available for Web sites located at RootsWeb.
o Do you have a "Mayflower" line? RootsWeb's WORLDCONNECT is
compiling a list of the GEDCOMs submitted that have "Mayflower"
families in them. Upload your GEDCOM to WORLDCONNECT
and then send an e-mail providing the name(s) of your
"Mayflower" ancestors and name of your WORLDCONNECT file to
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THe global display of WORLDCONNECT now shows parents and spouses
of an individual. Check it out:
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PRESIDENTIAL PEDIGREES. Are you a member of the Adams family
(not as in Uncle Fester Adaams but as in John and John
Quincy Adams)? Find out by checking this week's additions to
RootsWeb's ahnentafels (ancestor tables) of U.S. presidents
compiled by Gary Boyd Roberts, Senior Research Scholar, author,
and reference librarian of the New England Historic Genealogical
Society (NEHGS), whose areas of expertise include the ancestry
of notable historical figures, royalty and royal descents,
presidential and "Mayflower" genealogy, Rhode Island and
Connecticut, the South, and printed sources. Books by Gary Boyd
Roberts include ANCESTORS OF AMERICAN PRESIDENTS ($37.50
postpaid), AMERICAN ANCESTORS AND COUSINS OF THE PRINCESS OF
WALES (with William Addams Reitwiesner) (Genealogical Publishing
Co., Baltimore, Maryland [out of print]), NOTABLE KIN (Volume
One) [An Anthology of Columns First Published in the NEHGS
"NEXUS," 1986-1995] ($34 postpaid), NOTABLE KIN (Volume Two)
($34 postpaid). The two NOTABLE KIN books and ANCESTORS OF
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the latest about some ancestors of the "King of Rock 'n Roll"
that's been uncovered by a couple of renowned genealogists.
Elvis Presley was related also to at least one American
president. Guess who?
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and Iceland): <http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson23.htm>
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CONNECTING THROUGH ROOTSWEB. Thanks for sharing your stories.
I wish to contribute a happy tale of WorldConnect. I have an
ancestress named Esther MOLER concerning whom I had never done
much work -- the result of a vaguely depressed assumption that
she might be a Miller, a Moeller, a Moller, a Muller, or a
Mueller, while her father had the fairly common given name of
Joseph and I didn't know where he had lived before they showed
up in Kentucky in the decade after 1805 (Bath County being one
of those partially-burned nuisances).
I uploaded my databases to WorldConnect, and happened to use her
name to check if all had gone well. There, next to my Esther
MOLER (b. 1790-1800) was another Esther MOLER (b. Abt. 1794). I
thought, "Could this really be?"
Well, it was! The other entry led me to a descendant of one of
Esther's brothers, who has devoted his genealogical life to the
MOLER family and its peculiar migration from Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, to Georgia, to Bath County, Kentucky, and then to
Ohio. Talk about taking the long way around!
They've never shown up on either IGI or any of the Internet
search engines, so I am most grateful to you.
Virginia Easley DeMarce <Veasleyd@aol.com>
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MAILING LISTS. For an index to most genealogy mailing lists
hosted by RootsWeb, visit <http://www.rootsweb.com/~maillist/>
NEW MAILING LIST REQUESTS. Please request new mailing lists at:
TO SUBSCRIBE OR UNSUBSCRIBE from any RootsWeb-hosted mailing
list, send an e-mail message with only the word SUBSCRIBE
(or UNSUBSCRIBE) in the subject and the body of the message to
[name of list]-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org (for mail mode) or to
[name of list]-Demail@example.com (for digest mode). FOR
EXAMPLE, to discuss York County, Ontario, Canada, send a
SUBSCRIBE message to: <CAN-ONT-YORK-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org>
NEW SURNAMES MAILING LISTS, GenCONNECT BOARDS, AND CLUSTERS
NEW REGIONAL MAILING LISTS
CAN-ONT-YORK -- York County, Ontario
ENG-SOMERSET-FROME -- Frome, Somerset
MEX-BAJA-CALIFORNIA -- State of Baja California
MEX-BAJA-CALIFORNIA-SUR -- State of Baja California Sur
MEX-CAMPECHE -- State of Campeche
MEX-CHIAPAS -- State of Chiapas
MEX-GUERRERO -- State of Guerrero
MEX-GUANAJUATO -- State of Guanajuato
MEX-HIDALGO -- State of Hidalgo
MEX-QUERETARO -- State of Queretaro
MEX-QUINTANA-ROO -- State of Quintana Roo
MEX-TLAXCALA -- State of Tlaxcala
MEX-YUCATAN -- State of Yucatan
NEW ETHNIC, SPECIAL INTEREST, AND MISCELLANEOUS MAILING LISTS
ELIJAH -- LDS Genealogy list
MA-MVPGP -- Portuguese Immigrant Genealogy on Martha's
Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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NEW WEB ACCOUNT REQUESTS. Please see the instructions at
NEW WEB SITES. Some of these might not yet be accessible. If one
that interests you isn't up yet, please check again in a few
days or a week. <http://www.rootsweb.com/~[account name]>. Note
that the ~[tilde] before the account name is required. FOR
EXAMPLE, to visit the WorldGenWeb Israel Web page,
go to <http://www.rootsweb.com/~isrwgw/>
deuberst -- Berlin Stadt
irlcnn -- Connaught
isrwgw -- Israel
swesspd -- Swedish Postal History Society
ukuhc -- Ulverston Heritage Centre
idsrfhc -- Snake River Family History Connection to UGA/Idaho
nhctamwo -- Tamworth, New Hampshire (city)
tn4cav -- 4th Cavalry, Tennessee
txochilt -- Ochiltree County, Texas
vapage2 -- Page County, Virginia
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GENCONNECT. RootsWeb hosts many surname GenConnect boards that
are in need of people to maintain them.
o For a complete list of adoptable GenConnect surname boards
o For the form to request to adopt a GenConnect surname board
(the same form is used for surname mailing list requests)
Have you found a genealogical treasure, such as a photo album or
an old Bible containing a completed family record page, that you
would like to see reunited with its family? If so, in addition
to submitting a notice for publication in the "Somebody's Links"
section of MISSING LINKS or in the SOMEBODY'S LINKS NEWSLETTER
(to subscribe, send e-mail that says only SUBSCRIBE to:
<Somebodys-Links-Newsletter-Lemail@example.com>) you also
may post a notice about it on the GenConnect board at
Don't get all lathered up, but there's a WYCKOFF shaving mug
looking for a home at the Somebody's Links GenConnect board.
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USGENWEB ARCHIVES -- THE ARCHIVES NEWSLETTER contains the
current USGenWeb Archives submissions in the last week.
January 3, 2000 issue
USGW-ARCHIVES-ANNOUNCE is a read-only mailing list for weekly
announcements of new updates and submissions to the USGenWeb
Archives. It is open to anyone who wishes to subscribe. To
subscribe, send e-mail that says only SUBSCRIBE to this address:
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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS may be posted to the GenConnect board at
or e-mailed to RWR-Editors@rootsweb.com.
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genealogy Web site. It is by far my favorite!
I can't begin to tell you how much RootsWeb has helped me in my
genealogy endeavour. I have found numerous cousins and made
friends. I have had tremendous results with volunteers on the
RootsWeb State Web sites, finding obits and taking pictures of
tombstones to mention a few; there has been lots more help in
Thank you for your continuing additions to help in finding our
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Dear RootsWeb Guide,
Thank you for the excellent lessons. They have been a real boon,
especially for me. I work at a major institution that has a
genealogy section and we often must cope with inquiries about
these issues. I often remember I've just read a lesson on a
topic that gives me inspiration for others even if is laterally
not literally (we must use slightly different tools in
Australia). Keep up the good work! The Italian and Hispanic
lesson (Number 22) has been a real help as we get many inquiries
from Italians wanting information on what to do, this will at
least get a handle on the topic.
Other topics that might be useful (even down here in Australia
the same sources could be used) are Greek, Polish, and Russian.
German is also a big topic (this has been due to a list started
by a member of staff on the State Library of Victoria's Web site
(under Genealogy) which has generated many inquiries especially
from overseas (any tidbits I learn from your marvelous services
are passed on to this librarian with grateful thanks).
Linda Notley <LNotley@slv.vic.gov.au>
Proud Rootsweb Sponsor!
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Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the Review. I've
been at this less than a year, and I thought I knew my way
around pretty well. Five minutes with your research template
["Search and Ye Shall Find" by RootsWeb CEO Robert R. Tillman in
RootsWeb Review, Vol. 2, No. 52] this morning gave me several
new leads to pursue. I get help out of every issue. Keep up the
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I enjoy the RootsWeb Review. Just wanted to thank you for a
particularly interesting article in Vol. 2, No. 52, "Search and
Ye Shall Find." It was interesting to see the comparison with
commercial sites. And I got an appreciation of how much info is
available on RootsWeb and how to ferret out more of it.
Robert Weber <EACPacific@worldnet.att.net>
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