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.
Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb
All these addresses will go obsolete on May 31 2017.
Any remaining freeserve addresses in the surnames list (there are hundreds) will have their entries removed at that point.
So, if you have one of these addresses you need to:
1. Find yourself a new email provider (such as gmail)
2. Let me know what your new email address is so that it can be changed in the list.
The Yorkshire Surnames interest list:
I've just found my great-grandfather had a large number of Kershaw cousins in York in early 20C. My Mum only knew of Walter and his wife Edith (née Sawdon), who made ice-cream and brought up my great aunt Nellie Flinn after her father (Walter Kershaw's maternal uncle, Walter Flinn) was killed in an accident at William Wright Dock, Hull, in 1908.
However, I also find Walter's siblings:
Joseph Kershaw (1881-1918) – not sure whether he ever married.
Elizabeth Kershaw (b. 1886) – she m. either Bertie KENT or John BARKER
Annie Kershaw (b. 1888) – not sure if she married or not.
Francis Kershaw (1890-1957) – he m. either Lily HARRIS or Alice FAWCETT
Samuel Kershaw (1896-1929) – he m. Florence DAVISON
Nora(h) Victoria Kershaw (1897-1977) – she m. David H MURRAY
There may be others, but these are the main ones.
Their parents are Samuel Kershaw and Mary Ellen Flinn. I have a lot of material on Mary Ellen's ancestry, going back to the West Midlands in 17C.
I found in Eastington E. York, parush records -
Xpofe / Christopher Swan of Owstroppe, Eastrington,
faher of Robert Swan bpt. 19 Nov 1564 Owstroppe, Eastrington
1. Family trees in Ancestry.com has Christpher's bith as 1535 - was this just a guess?
2. Family trees in Ancestry.com has Christpher's marriage - 1562 • Ridingmill, , Northumberland, England- Elizabeth Brogden b. 1543 • Ridingmill, , Northumberland, England
Does this makes sense?
3. I found in Eastington E. York, parush records - Robert Swan bpt. 19 Nov 1564 Owstroppe, Eastrington - Hus wife Juliana ____ d. 22 Feb 1623/24 Gilberdyke, Eastrington - no maiden name.
Family trees in Ancestry.com
Juliana Trumbull b. 5 Juk 1566 • Gilberdike, Eastringer Parish, East Yorkshire, England daughter of John Trumbull b. 1548 • Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, England d. 1607 • Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire, England
Does this makes sense? What was the source>
Any thoughtsn would be appreciated
Hi Lin -
I visited the surname list on Genuki but can't see any email links. I
checked my own entries
DALBY Bef 1850 Howden
WILLEY Bef 1900 Sheffield
But there's no email address or clickable link on these - or any others that
I could see. Not sure what email you have for me (should be steve(a)vmine.net
or stephen.henley(a)btconnect.com) or how I contact anyone else on the list!
My 'Willey' entry should now be Sheffield and Rotherham - and I have other
surnames to add.
Please let me know how to find clickable contacts!
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: 21 May 2017 16:28
To: YORKSGEN; west-riding(a)rootsweb.com; ENG-EAST-YORKS(a)rootsweb.com;
Subject: [ENG-EAST-YORKS] Yorkshire Surnames List
I updated the Yorkshire Surnames list today. The names added are given
If you would like to add your surnames to the list, please use the form at:
The Yorkshire Surnames interest list:
To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to
ENG-EAST-YORKS-request(a)rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without the
quotes in the subject and the body of the message
I am pleased to tell you that Link Duke has taken over the Yorkshire surname list from me. Lin also looks after several of the Rootsweb mailing lists such as Yorksgen etc., so please bear with her if there are a few hiccups along the way.
Among the hiccups is that between about the 14th of April and 18th May no submissions to the list actually arrived despite telling the submitter that they had been sent - we suspect that hotmail threw them away. So, if you submitted a surname in that period and it doesn't appear on the current YKSlist pages, please re-submit the name via the form whose web address is given below.
For those of you who had a Freeserve email address (now obsolete) and haven't told me, please let Lin know what your new address is - Lin's email address is
To add your research surnames to the Yorkshire surname list, please go to:
and take the link to "How to submit your surnames........."
I am in the process of changing the Genuki Yorkshire site so that it can be run by the Drupal system - this is not a small job as there are over 120,000 files involved. There are two steps involved in this process, the first is to re-arrange the files so that all the files concerned with a parish are in the folder for that parish (with a few exceptions). I have so far completed part of the first step and the files for York and the Ainsty and the East Riding are now arranged in this format.
The second stage is to export all the files into the Drupal database - to come sometime this year (or maybe next!).
So, if any of you are feeling really bored, see if you can find any link (or other) errors in the files for the Ainsty parishes:
or the East Riding parishes:
and let me know if you do please.
If you want to see what the Genuki Drupal pages look like, have a look at virtually any other county but Yorkshire:
In the village of Blunham in Bedfordshire U.K.
Webmaster for the Genuki Yorkshire pages:
Old and Rare Yorkshire Books on searchable CDroms: