Thursday, September 09, 2004

Staying On-Topic from RootsWeb Review Archives


1a. RootsWeb Mailing Lists: Staying On-Topic

If you subscribe to one or more of the RootsWeb mailing lists that
cover more than 28,400 surnames, localities, and genealogy-related
topics, you probably realize that each of these lists was created
to serve a specific topic of discussion.

Genealogical discussion concerning your CLAPSADDLE (KLEBSATTEL) family
in Germany would not be a suitable topic of discussion on a list devoted
the USA Oregon Trail Pioneers, for instance. A request for a lookup in a
Philadelphia city directory would be off-topic on a list devoted to
Welsh coal miners.

Most of us recognize the extremes that are obviously off-topic, but with
genealogical matters, it is not always so clear-cut. Some discussion
topics can overlap into another area -- for instance, your CLAPSADDLEs
might have immigrated to Sidney, Australia, opening up a new geographic
area into the discussion. They might have married into the MORSE family,
thus introducing a new surname into a thread or they might have joined
an obscure religious sect about which you'd like to learn more."
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RootsWeb Review Archives - 2004: "Each issue of the RootsWeb Review newsletter includes information about additions and/or changes to (such as new databases, mailing lists, and websites), plus tips on using, genealogical research, humor, readers' stories and tips, and other articles of interest to family historians around the world."

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