Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.
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As promised, you will shortly receive an invitation to join our new list
One or two have already found the new list by browsing, if you have
dones so then obviously just delete any invitation.
The minimum you will have to do is to reply to that message (no need to
add any text). The new home page is :
https://groups.io/g/Wls-Dyfed This page gives email addresses:
* Post: WLS-Dyfed(a)groups.io <mailto:WLS-Dyfed@groups.io>
* Subscribe: WLS-Dyfed+subscribe(a)groups.io
* Unsubscribe: WLS-Dyfed+unsubscribe(a)groups.io
* Group Owner: WLS-Dyfed+owner(a)groups.io
* Help: WLS-Dyfed+help(a)groups.io <mailto:WLS-Dyfedfirstname.lastname@example.org>
It also gives some of the list settings:
* All subscribers can post to the group.
* Posts to this group do not routinely require approval from the
* The first Post from new users require approval from the moderators.
(an anti-spam measure)
* Messages are set to reply to group.
* Subscriptions to this group do not require approval from the moderators.
* Archives are visible to anyone.
* Wiki is visible to subscribers only.
* Members can edit their messages.
* Members can set their subscriptions to no email.
Some facilities are only available if you create a log-on, most
noticable The Wiki. This is where subscribers can store useful
information for the community - e.g. we could add links tomembers web
pages, or create a list of members research interests. I have alreay
started a page of useful links (currently Genuki for the3 counties and
Postings can now also include attachments - photos, documents etc.
Photos will be downsized to approximatley screen size to reduce storage
- which is limited to just 1GB on the free system. When this limit is
reached oldest images and documents will be automatically deleted to
accomodate any new postings. Thi means images will not be kept in the
The archives are arranged by subject of postings (similar to the Thread
on Rootsweb) , so it is important when replying to a posting not to
change the subject. Also it is important that the subject is
meaningful. And while we are at it, lets try to start any that are
specific to one county with the county chapman code. We have long asked
that we preface the subject with PEM-; CGN-; or CMN- if they are
specific to that county.
Normal rules of posting apply - be polite, tret others with respect and
no flaming etc.
Please be patient. I am in the process of setting up a new list on
groups.io, but am rather busy at the moment. I am testing the new site
with 8 other to try and find any problems before opening to all. On the
surface the systems are very useful, but now wil allow Html text, and
> On Jan 10, 2020, at 3:05 AM, dyfed-request(a)rootsweb.com wrote:
>> Both the Dyfed list and the Wales LE have been handled by Dai Bevan for many years now and he certainly deserves our gratitude for keeping them going as long as he has.
The Dyfed and the Glam list members have helped me with major advances with my Grandmother's Welsh antecedents over the past 15 years. I will miss these lists _very_ much. Moderate Democrat that I am, I swear to god that corporate tinkering with web sites like this one is turning me into a bolshevik…
We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.
> Nice of you to say so.
> Both the Dyfed list and the Wales LE have been handled by Dai Bevan for many years now and he certainly deserves our gratitude for keeping them going as long as he has.
> And of course Huw Daniels too who first set up the GLA list and LE.
> Not forgetting Jeff Coleman who has been ‘Mr GLA list’ for more years than I can recall.
> And Jill Muir who has regularly deputised for Jeff over the years and still runs her Welsh Chapels & Churches picture gallery site.
> From Genuki’s perspective I’d like to record my thanks the work of the, too many to mention individually, Dyfed and GLA listers who back in the day contributed so much material, including many indexes, transcriptions and translations, which to this day are accessible to researchers on Genuki’s pages.
> Hope I didn’t miss out anybody !
> Gareth Hicks
>> On 10 Jan 2020, at 06:43, David Rowlands <drowlan1(a)bigpond.net.au> wrote:
>> Annwyl Gareth
>> I think countless numbers of us should thank you for all the effort you have put into these resources over the years, and individual help you have given to so many of us.
>> Diolch yn fawr iawn
>> David Rowlands
>>>>> On 10 Jan 2020, at 8:16 am, John Gareth Hicks <tirbach(a)tytwp.plus.com> wrote:
>>> This is all rather sad, I started the Dyfed list back in 1998 ish, and took over the Lookuo Exchange about the same time.
>>> Just spent an hour removing the many links to the Lookup Exchange on the various Welsh county pages of Genuki which I maintain.
>>> It’s the end of an era
A Happy New Year to all. but this announcement is not such good news.
Rootsweb will drop all list from March, this list will be one of the
many that disappear. If you wish to keep copies of any old messages
there, then I suggest you save them yourself. Although Ancestry claims
that archived messages will be available, I wouldn't bank on that being
the case for ever.
Suggestions for alternative lists are being suggested on various lists,
I will look at these and try to recommend one so that we can try and
keep our community together.
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Happy new year
What have they done to Findmypast.
It was a great site and now I am finding it extremely awkward to do searches
that were very easy before.
Does anyone else find that they have spoilt the who;e thing?
A very frustrated Pat in south wales