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This list is for discussion of Manchester and Salford area family history. Any discussion on how our forebears lived, why they migrated to the area, where they worked, and similar topics is welcome.
Discussion of family history, migration patterns, immigration, historical sketches, census data, wills, vital records (births, marriages, deaths), and web sites relating to Manchester and/or Salford is encouraged. Please only send details about ancestors you know came from or lived in these areaa or who had other connections with Manchester and/or Salford. There are lists for most counties, and also area lists and national lists for those who aren't sure exactly where their family originated.
The area covered by the list is roughly what is now enclosed and near the M60 Motorway. Several towns are included that are not strictly Manchester but are so intertwined as to make them inseparable. These include, but aren't limited to, Salford, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Urmston, Denton, Hyde, Eccles, Pendlebury, and Stockport. Please do not hesitate to contact me for advice if you are unsure of the area.
I'm the volunteer administrator of this list. My responsibility is to keep the list running as smoothly as possible. To that end, the guidelines that follow have been established. This message is very looooooong, but there is a lot of important information and I wanted this message to be as comprehensive as possible so there would be no misunderstandings. Please READ, PRINT, KEEP, and ABIDE by these guidelines. Failure to abide by list guidelines will result in, at best, having your posts moderated, or, at worst, being unsubscribed from the list.
Have fun and good luck with your research!
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How to Write Effective Mailing List e-mail: http://www.digital-web.com/articles/how_to_write_effective_mailing_list_email/
Before You Ask: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html#before
When You Ask: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html#asking
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way:
A Beginner's Guide to Effective Email: http://www.webfoot.com/advice/email.context.html
Learn to Quote: http://www.netmeister.org/news/learn2quote2.html
If you use Outlook Express, see http://www.webterrace.com/outlook/tutorials.htm
Also visit https://www.ku.edu/acs/docs/listproc/netiquette.shtml, http://psego.tripod.com/email_and_listserv_mailing_list.htm, http://www.dm.net/handbook/netiquette.html for some good netiquette tips.
~ If you are new to English genealogy, be sure to visit GENUKI at http://www.genuki.org.uk/.
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~ Adhere to RootsWeb's ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY (http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/aup.html) and copyright laws. Do give complete citations when quoting from resources.
~ Type SURNAMES in all CAPS in both the subject and body of your messages. This makes it much easier for most of us, especially those that receive lots and lots of mail, to scan your message. Type all other text normally lest we think you're shouting at us.
~ Post with a SHORT, INFORMATIVE SUBJECT LINE. Include the surname (in CAPS), location, and dates whenever possible. Don't use "help," "lookup," "info requested" or any other generic line. When replying to a message please check the subject line to make sure that it is relevant to the topic at hand. It gets very frustrating when a subject line gets repeated over and over from the original message and has nothing to do with the present topic. Change the subject line to reflect the content of the message and include surname (in caps), locality, and date when appropriate. Better yet, create a new message if the subject has changed.
~ Limit SIGNATURE BLOCKS to four lines or less. Don't include the surnames you're researching within your sig block as this impedes the interactive search of the archives. If you insist on including surnames, they must be within the subject county and each letter must be separated by a space so they don't interfere with archive searches, e.g., S M I T H
~ SNIP when replying to messages. The most frequent complaint received from subscribers, especially those getting digests, is that folks leave huge amounts of the previous message when replying to list. Please quote only what is necessary for understanding or continuity. To prune the text, drag your cursor over the words to be removed to select them, and overtype with "(snip)" to show you have removed a section.
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Do not post messages, or parts of messages, from other lists or sent to you privately without the express permission of the original author. If you wish to publish someone else's message or forward it to another list you must first obtain the original poster's permission. Otherwise, not only is it a blatant violation of netiquette, it's also a infringement of copyright and a breach of RootsWeb's AUP. If you see something posted that you'd like to forward, contact the original poster and get their explicit permission. Once received, please add to the beginning of the forwarded message a note that permission from the original poster was granted.
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~ Links to SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, and VIEW the ARCHIVES of this list are at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/ENG/ENG-MANCHESTER.html
~ KEEP MESSAGES SHORT AND SUCCINCT, focused on a single subject. Include as much useful information as you can in your message (e.g. dates, parishes, forenames and maiden names). Use complete sentences and punctuation, type surnames in all upper case, limit abbreviations, and use the spell checker before you send a message. Please do not relate your whole family history - just give a few brief details so that anyone reading the message who may share your interests can contact you.
~ REQUESTING A LOOKUP? Be sure to include first name(s), SURNAME, birth date, occupation, and address. Tell us what you have and what you need. Say what sources you have already consulted (any census, IGI, parish records, etc.). There is little more frustrating than answering a general plea for help with information only to be told, "Oh, sorry, I already have that data." Don't make anyone jump through hoops to try to help you. Don't post "Will SKS with the 1861 census please contact me?" If you want a lookup, just give us the information and ask for the lookup.
~ BE SPECIFIC. The more precise you make your query, the more specific the responses will be. Asking clear, detailed questions will demonstrate that you have done some prior research. It also limits the scope of the question so that others won't feel overwhelmed by the prospect of responding. Other subscribers are more likely to help you if you make it as easy as possible. Give us the information you have that will enable someone to do the lookup. If you're asking for a census lookup, cut and paste the details of the household that you have from another census.
~ DATES - In the UK, 2/11/1844 means November 2, 1844, but in the US it means February 11, 1844. Quite different! To avoid misunderstandings, please type dates as 2 Nov 1844 or 11 Feb 1844.
~ The basis of the list is cooperation, so unless you're sharing personal or off-topic information, please do SHARE INFORMATION that you have and post queries or respond to queries on the list. Other subscribers can learn from posts and replying to the list will also save someone from doing a lookup that has already been done.
~ The REPLY button normally sends replies to the list, but your software may work differently. Always check the TO field before pressing SEND. If your comment should go to just the original poster, you might need to copy and paste their address into the new message.
~ POST YOUR QUERY frequently, perhaps once a month, if you have not yet found your ancestor. New people are joining the list all the time and they may have the info you need.
~ Before responding to a post, please READ ALL OF THE OTHER MESSAGES that have already been sent to avoid duplicating postings.
~ Do remember to READ AND DELETE your MESSAGES on a regular basis. Failure to do so may result in your e-mail being over quota if your ISP provides you with limited e-mail storage. This will cause your messages to bounce and, after a few bounces in a row, your e-mail address will be automatically unsubscribed from the list by RootsWeb's computers.
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GOOD LIST MANNERS:
~ Do not post messages that may be OFFENSIVE or that are political or religious in nature. Do not post inflammatory and/or insulting messages to the list or to me, as this will result in immediate unsubscription without notice.
~ ACKNOWLEDGE replies to your queries. If someone has been of assistance, whether or not the info they sent was what you were seeking, send a message of thanks to them. It's only common courtesy. A simple "thank you" goes a long way.
~ Do not send OFF-LIST LOOKUP REQUESTS. They defeat the entire purpose of the list and put undue pressure on the recipient.
~ BE KIND AND POLITE to your fellow subscribers. If someone makes a mistake on list, leave it to me to correct that subscriber. If someone posts something you don't like, take it up directly with that person or me privately and not on the list. Don't try to regulate this list or try to be the arbiter of list etiquette -- please leave that job to me. Be assured that although you may not see a message from me about it on list, violators of list guidelines are contacted privately.
~ Remember that although this list discusses English genealogy, it is hosted by a company in the United States and there are people of MANY DIFFERENT CULTURES, COUNTRIES, AND RELIGIONS on the list. What may be acceptable in your culture or country may be unacceptable in another. Use the term "first name" or "forename" rather than "Christian name." Avoid using slang expressions, since these might not be understood, or may be offensive to some. A term of endearment in your country may be a term of abuse in another. When making a humorous comments, it's always a good idea to follow it with an emoticon , e.g., ;-) or (vbg), to make sure readers know that you're just joking. Need a list of common e-mail abbreviations and emoticons? Contact me privately and I'll send you one.
~ Before submitting a query, take a look at the ARCHIVES to see if the subject has already been covered. Didn't make a note of an address or some bit of information that was posted to the list? Check the archives. The archives can be searched at http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listsearch.pl?list=ENG-MANCHESTER or browsed at
http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/ENG-MANCHESTER/. Use GENUKI, Google, MultiMap, and other resources before asking for subscriber assistance.
~ Do not CROSS POST (sending the same questions to multiple lists at the same time). For someone on many lists, it is irritating to receive multiple copies of the same message. For someone on a single list, there is no way of knowing if a question has already been answered on another list.
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* List information, archives and subscription links:
* Other mailing lists: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html
Family History Societies:
* Furness Family History Society: http://members.aol.com/FurnessFHS/fpw.htm
* Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society: http://www.lfhhs.org.uk/
* Lancashire Parish Register Society: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/lprs/
* Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS: www.liverpool-genealogy.org.uk
* Manchester & Lancashire FHS: www.mlfhs.org.uk
* North Meols FHS: http://www.nmfhssouthport.co.uk
* Ormskirk & District FHS: www.odfhs.freeserve.co.uk
* Wigan F&LHS: http://www.wiganworld.co.uk/familyhistory/default.asp
Lancashire family history research:
* Blackpool - Issuing of Certificates and Family History Research: www.blackpool.gov.uk
* Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service: http://www.gmcro.u-net.com/purple1.htm#Bolton
* Bury Archive Service: http://www.bury.gov.uk/bury/councilservices/leisure/archives/
* Cyndi's List - Lancashire: http://www.cyndislist.com/eng-lan.htm
* Family history searches in Salford:
* Footsteps Photographs - Lancashire: http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/Lancashire/lancashire_index.htm
* GENUKI Salford pages: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Salford/
* GENUKI Manchester pages: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Manchester/
* GENUKI Lancashire pages: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/
* Greater Manchester Archives: http://www.gmcro.co.uk
* Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerks: www.lan-opc.org.uk
* Lancashire Will Search: http://www.xmission.com/~nelsonb/lws.htm
* Lancashire Surname Interests: http://www.lancslist.com/
* Lancashire Record Office: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/education/LRO/index.asp
* Lancashire Churches: http://www.lancashirechurches.co.uk/
* Leyland Historical Society: http://www.houghton59.fsnet.co.uk/Home%20Page.htm
* Liverpool Cemeteries: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~liverpoolcem/
* Liverpool Family history: http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/local_history_and_heritage/family_history/index.asp
* Manchester Central Library (MCL): www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/central/
* Manchester Archives & Local Studies - Family History: www.manchester.gov.uk/libraries/arls/famhist.htm
* Manchester Chartists: http://www.chartists.net/Manchester-Chartists
* Manchester 2002: http://www.manchester2002-uk.com/
* My ancestors were from Lancashire: http://www.aucklandcitylibraries.com/general.aspx?id=469
* North East England History Pages: http://www.thenortheast.fsnet.co.uk/Manchester.htm
* Old Liverpool Newspapers Online: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~liverpool/main.html
* Oldham Local Studies & Archives: http://www.oldham.gov.uk/community/local_studies_and_archives.htm
* Our Manchester: http://manchesterhistory.net/
* Rochdale's Local Studies Libraries: http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/Living/Libraries.asp?URL=local
* Salford Roots: www.salfordroots.com
* Salford Hundred: http://www.mancuniensis.info/index.htm
* Salford Local History: http://www.geocities.com/derekantrobus/SLHNews.html
* Spartacus Educational: http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/ITmanchester.htm
* Spinning the Web - The Story of the Cotton Industry: http://www.spinningtheweb.org.uk/
* Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre: http://www.tameside.gov.uk/leisure/new/lh23.htm
* Warrington Family History: http://www.warrington.gov.uk/entertainment/libraries/family_history/
* Welcome to Bolton!: http://www.bolton.org.uk/index.html
* Wigan Archive Service: http://www.wlct.org/Culture/Heritage/archives.htm
Sites for general England family history research:
* RootsWeb's home page www.rootsweb.com contains additional information and a wealth of tips.
* To find other mailing lists: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail.html and http://www.genuki.org.uk?indexes/Mailinglists.html
* GENUKI, genealogical information for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man at http://www.genuki.org.uk/
* FamilySearch.org for the 1881 census, IGI, and much more: http://www.familysearch.org
* The National Archives: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm
* Government records and other sources: http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/
* A2A database (archives held throughout England): http://www.a2a.org.uk/
* 1901 census: http://www.1901census.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
* Available British census indexes, transcripts, and images: http://www.mit.edu/%7Edfm/genealogy/census-chart.html
* Links to on-line transcriptions of UK births, marriages and deaths by county: http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/
* FreeBMD -- transcriptions of the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales: http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/
* BMD exchange site (find and exchange unwanted certificates): http://bmd-cert-exch-site.ourwardfamily.com/
* Passenger lists, shipping schedules, ship descriptions, wreck data, and other shipping and immigration information: http://TheShipsList.com/
* UK geography, boundaries, etc.: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/beginners_guide.asp
* Old maps: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/
* Modern maps: http://uk8.multimap.com/map/places.cgi, http://www.streetmap.co.uk/, http://www.ordsvy.gov.uk/getamap/getamap_index.htm
* Trade and post office directories: The Digital Library of Historical Directories at http://www.historicaldirectories.org
* Cyndi's List, categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet: http://www.cyndislist.com/
* To find a Family History Centre near you: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp?PAGE=library_fhc_find.asp
* Parish locator - PARLOC - freeware can downloaded from: http://www.parloc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ParLoc.htm
* GENUKI Church Database: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/churchdb/search.html
* Search IGI batch numbers: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~hughwallis/IGIBatchNumbers.htm
* FreeCEN : UK Census Online Project: http://freecen.rootsweb.com/
* Society of Genealogists: http://www.sog.org.uk/
* Guild of One Name Studies: www.one-name.org
* British Counties, Parishes, etc. for Genealogists: http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/%7Ejimella/counties.htm
* E-mail etiquette tips:
http://www.learnthenet.com/english/index.html, or just search Google.com for "netiquette"
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