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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thursday's Tithe ~ Rootsweb Mailing Lists

Networking has always been a favorite past time of mine. I save time and money by getting recommendations for everything from make-up to mechanics. Genealogy is no different.

Rootsweb offers a multitude of mailing lists based on surname, geography, study subject and more. A friendly (for the most part) group of people ready to lend a hand when the going gets rough. Quasi-experts who can offer suggestions for a next step or a different approach.

Newbies frequent these lists. Since we were all new at one time, here's an opportunity to lend a helpful hand with very little effort.

Found a great website? Mention it on a list. Read a great how-to book? Share the title and author's name online. Visited a helpful historical society? Praise them in public. Going to a genealogical gathering? Extend an invitation on your favorite mailing list.

It's free, easy to do, and your thoughtfulness will be appreciated by someone who was previously uninformed.

1 comment:

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

In addition, Laura, each list has a volunteer administrator - I have "looked after" a handful for many years, more than 10; get messages from time to time to check on spam, etc. By having volunteers, it holds down costs to Rootsweb (now part of I totally agree, the mailing lists continue to be very useful, and a great place for folks to get started becoming familiar with the processes.

Keep these ancestor stories coming!

Bill ;-)
Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

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