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I would like to exercise a privilege of being a list administrator, and wish
all of our subscribers a happy holiday season. Regardless of whether you
celebrate Christmas, have just finished celebrating Hanukkah, or celebrate any
other tradition, may you find peace, happiness and prosperity in the coming
year -- as well as a few new ancestors!
I would also like to offer a few helpful thoughts to you. As Internet
genealogy and family history have grown, the number of "first timers" joining our
lists has diminished and we don't see the huge numbers of new users that we
used to see after the holidays. However, starting today, Santa, among others,
will be delivering new computers, Internet service, and genealogy gifts
(software). Thus, we may be seeing some new "rooters" on our lists.
This is GOOD! But while you may see new cousins, friends, and contacts
coming on-line, joining email lists, posting surnames to databases, they will be
asking all those questions you have seen posted over and over again.
Unfortunate as it may be, new users mean we have to reinvent the wheel. *Grin*
Please welcome any "newbies" to our lists, have PATIENCE with them, help
them and hopefully send them in the right direction. For a month or so it will
be helpful if we can refrain from using a lot of initials and abbreviations in
our responses. When discussing the FHC, let's all take a couple of seconds
to type "Family History Center," and give an explanation of who, what, where,
when. Please don't assume that EVERYONE knows what it is, or has one near
I can't stress enough how important your patience and help is for the next
month or two. Mistakes will be made, [like posting a message that is blank,
or no subject line, or leaving entire digests in replies or my personal
favorite, "Researching John Johnson. Send all information!" (*LOL*)] Questions
will be asked like "What is the FHC, what is the SSDI, what is, can you
explain, where do I find, etc." Remember that these were once OUR errors and OUR
questions. We were all new once, and many current subscribers are still
learning, so let's continue the spirit of cooperation throughout the year. This
list is about helping each other. Let's be specific and clear in our responses
to folks, and give a little extra in explanations.
Also keep in mind that new subscribers may know little about computers, the
Internet, and genealogy, resulting in many extremely inexperienced
researchers. If you see questions on the list regarding computers, software, etc.,
please respond to these questions off list if at all possible.
REMEMBER these new researchers may have file cabinets full of information
regarding YOUR own family tree, so let's be as cordial, helpful and informative
as we can be!
Stay warm, drive safely and don't forget to unsubscribe if you're going to
be gone for vacation without your computer or Internet access. Happy Holidays!