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As many of you know I am stepping aside as the CC for Durham county
and feel it is time now to close the NCDURHAM mailing list.
Most, if not all of you are already subscribers of the NCROOTS mailing
list and for those of you who are not and need help subscribing, feel
free to contact me or the new CC, Alice Ervin for assistance.
Alice Ervin can be contacted by email to aervin(a)iname.com
The list will cease operations as of tomorrow, 16 Mar 1998.
Good luck with your continued searhes.
Barbara Bonham, Listowner
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I just started a NEW surname mailing list, if you want to
subscribe to the list in mail mode you can do so by sending a message
to NEW-L-request(a)rootsweb.com that contains the word
and nothing else. If you prefer digest mode, you should send the
command instead to NEW-D-request(a)rootsweb.com
Hopefully a lot of people will subscribe and it will become a great mailing
Sometimes back a few years ago I was on a "pre" Internet service
called GEnie and this message came across one night from Cliff Manis.
I saved it and thought this would be helpful to all of us as a guide
in posting messages on the mailing list.
Do you really want answers and information back or are you just asking
I'm sure some of you do not get answers to information because you
say something like the following:
"I am looking for information on John DOE, my grandfather
and please send me any information"
Sometimes a birthdate or a wife's name is included but many
If you really want answers back, and want others to help you, then
why not think about your requests a bit. Gather some information, then
put it in a format that is interesting.
Here are a few hints that will help you get a better response.
1. Put all the surnames of all the people in the request in
CAPITAL letters. ie. Alda Clifford MANIS
2. Put each question on a separate line.
(it makes the message so much easier to read and answer.)
3. When requesting information, tell us lots of information about
what you KNOW about the person. (ie. Dates of birth, death,
marriage, wifes names, names of children and their birthdates).
Start the request with one short sentence.
Then in the next sentence tell what you KNOW.
These ideas are posted here as ideas, and of course, are never in
Alway make the subject line of your message JUMP out at the reader.
Isn't that what you want; their attention?
Hope you don't mind my taking the liberty of breaking in and reminding
all of us...me included...that genealogy itself genealogy unless we
find someone to research!
To all list members,
This is the third time I have asked that you please use a correct
format for the subject line.
Many of our users are on systems that deliver their messages in
"envelope" format or they must retreuve by message number. Imagine
what they must think before they go through the trouble to retreive a
"lookup please". I personally did not retreive those type of messages
DOE, John; Timbubtoo, USA; 1900
ORANGE CO.; WALKER, 1700
JAMES FAMILY, Wake Co.
Please be considerate.
Barbara Bonham, Listowner
I am looking for information on John PADGETT b. ca. 1865
f. of Maggie Jane b. 14 Apr. 1867 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, NC
and his spouse Mary MUSE or HOLLIS.
If you have any information, please send.
Hello one and all,
I neglected to add the caveat that all obits MUST include the SOURCE,
(newspaper, trade paper, local funeral home family cards, etc) DATE of
publication and DATE of death if given and place of burial if given.
Thanks to Bettie Dall for the gentle reminder.
Hello List Members,
We now have the opportunity to collect and archive obituaries and I
would like for us to open a discussion on the pros and cons of setting
up this system for our counties.
Since this message is going to all 3 of my lists that include the 3
areas which I maintain as CC...it should be fairly simple to do.
This sytem is in place in many counties throught the Rootsweb System
and follows the same procedure as the new query system with the
exception it is for folks to enter obituary notices.
These notices can be from any locale as long as the person is as
identified as having a connection to either Charles County, MD, Durham
County, NC or Person Co., NC.
I have the ability to delete data that is not relevant to the county
First we should reply to the list and always make sure we change the
subject line to reflect the topic of Obit System
Next and probably the most important item is the need to OMIT living
relative's details. If the obit says "he leaves a son John in
Roxboro,NC...do NOT add that comment.
What is acceptable would be:
John Doe, 65 a native of Lowes Grove, NC died at his home in Long
Beach, CA Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, Martha, son John and
Now, I will not update the pages until we feel it is a good idea as a
Okay...let the ideas start rolling!
Barbara Bonham, Listowner