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I thought it might be time for a list update.
At the present time there are 106 subscribers to this list.
As you know Rootsweb has thousands of mail lists for all localities and
surnames. So, I thought this might be a good time to talk about what is
involved in posting an effective message for mail lists.
First of all, to post a message to any Rootsweb mail list you have to be
subscriber. You can find a list of available mail lists by going to the
main rootsmail web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/.
You can also access the archives for any mail list from this main site as
To make your post more effective do the following:
1. Make sure your post is appropriate and on-topic.
A request for information on John Smith in Tennessee is going to be a lot
more effective if posted on the Smith or Tennessee mail list than it is
the Jones mail list. That may seem obvious but you have no idea how
2. Use subjects that reflect the content of your message.
A subject like "Hunting for my grandfather" or "Seeking family
information" or "Help Needed" isn't going to get the same readership as
"John Smith - Rutherford Co., Tn" or "Jane Doe - b. 1813 Ky".
3. Include who, when, and where in your message if at all possible.
There are a lot of Henry Jones or John Jenkins folks out there and if you
don't explain which one you are hunting you are less likely to get a
4. Be as specific as possible when talking about localities.
Include county and state information if you know it. Seeking information
on Bud Smith of Sweetwater isn't very helpful. There are many towns in
named Sweetwater. Many county names are also duplicated in several
states/areas, etc. Let folks know which "Rutherford" county you might be
asking about. In some cases, a city name in one state is a county name
another. So be as clear about the location as you can.
5. Don't post off topic messages.
If you have any doubt then contact the list admin.
6. if you have any questions or concerns always contact the list admin.
You can contact any list admin by sending a message to
listname-admin(a)rootsweb.com. For example,
7. Invite others to join the list.
As you meet others working on the same surnames or same area invite them
join the various lists. The more people working on a surname the more
sharing there can be.
8. AND.... remember, if you don't try you won't get anywhere. So....the
to make contacts is to post your information.....hint....
Hope this helps. Take care and have a great day.