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From: Joe Bosserman <>
Subject: Welcome to the Brethren Genealogy Network
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 11:58:37 -0400 (EDT)
Since so many changes have taken place with our Brethren Network
during the past two weeks, and because several new users have signed
on in that time I thought it best to send this "Welcome Message"
to everyone on the list. It is interesting to note that on May
the 9th we were one year old, and that is the same day that our
old and faithful server MAISER had its problem. In that one year
we grew from the original two or three users to well over 250.
Below is the welcome message that will soon automatically be sent
to all new persons as they sign on to the our Brethren Genealogy
and History Network.
Hello, and welcome!
The Brethren List Server is here for one and for all to share
and enjoy. It was first created on 9th May 1996. As of now
there are hundreds of persons receiving it, plus several BBSs
(Computer Bulletin Boards) located in various states.
The term "Brethren" as used here alludes to all persons and
places that now, or in the past, have any type of connection
to the church groups known as: Church Of The Brethren; German
Baptist; Tunkers; Dunkers; Grace Brethren; and other church
groups that descend from the movement started by the Alexander
Mack group during 1708 at Schwarzenau Germany.
This conference is for the discussion of Brethren History and
genealogy. Care should be taken not to over do discussions about
such things as computer software, general research methods, etc.
This is not to say that such things can not be mentioned, however
in some cases it may be best if such topics be sent privately
rather then to everyone on this list-server.
Feel free to post as many Brethren related queries as you wish.
If you are not sure that they are Brethren related but think
they may be, go ahead and enter them. Brethren Family and Church
related histories are also welcome.
So long as they are Brethren Genealogy or History related you are
encouraged to answer on this list-server rather than by private
e-mail. That way persons with similar questions or knowledge may
see your interest and join in. And please don't forget to update
the subject header on your messages. Many people only scan these
subject headers to see what holds their interest. The subject header
is the statement in the header of your message that tells what the
message is about. For example in this message it is "Welcome to
The Brethren List Server."
Although I am the group's moderator I hope to govern with a
very loose hand, and will be open for suggestion at all times.
Suggestions should be sent e-mail to: < > and
not directly to the list-server. If such suggestions seem to have
merit they may be put into use.
If for any reason I am not available to help with the daily operation
of this Brethren Genealogy Group you should contact Ron McAdams who
is the group's co-moderator.
Ron's e-mail address is:
Most persons interested in genealogy are very helpful and caring
people, however for that one out of several hundred that tries to
"pick crow" the following is included: Quarreling, soap-boxing,
foul language, flaming, etc will not be tolerated and will be
reason, with or without warning, for a person being disconnected
from the Brethren List Server.
We also ask that if you use "carbon-copy" or "forwarded" messages
to the Brethren Network do so with extreme moderation. Do not send
attached files over the server. If you send attached files, send
them to a person's private e-mail address, never to the list-server
at the e-mail address <@RootsWeb.com>
It is important that you take note that the Brethren List-Server
automatically sends all messages sent to it back to a return e-mail
address of <>. That means that everyone on the
Brethren mail-server's mailing list will receive a copy of your message.
If you want your message to go out to a private e-mail address, then
change the "Send To" line in the header of your message before you
Also, the Brethren List Server is set up to automatically drop users
from it's list if their messages start bouncing (can not get to them)
for one reason or another, et, their mailbox is full and won't take
anymore messages, or if their internet provider has equipment failure,
or for any one of several other reasons.
Thanks for joining us and for reading this.
Joe Bosserman, Moderator
Covington, Miami County Ohio