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From: "Sandra" <>
Subject: rootsweb ezines
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2005 08:18:48 +0800
Excerpt from Rootsweb Ezine
I have subscribed to the Rootsweb Review for a number of years now, but many
of you may not be aware of it.
It is a weekly e-zine provides news about RootsWeb.com, its new databases,
mailing lists, home pages, and websites. It also includes stories and
research tips from its readers around the globe. Although it is US based it is worth
subscribing to and is free.
This week (and it is often repeated) one section talks about Mailing Lists
1a. LEARNING ABOUT MAILING LISTS: http://lists.rootsweb.com/
When you subscribe to a large, and/or especially active RootsWeb Mailing
List, what should you expect?
You will receive every e-mail message that other Mailing List members
send to the list, whether or not those messages pertain to your
immediate research. There is no way for you to selectively receive only
messages that are of personal interest to you. If you are subscribed in
list or mail mode, each message will be received as a separate e-mail as
soon as the poster sends the message to the list. If you are subscribed
in digest mode, you will receive several messages grouped together in a
digest -- fewer separate e-mails, but delayed a bit until there are a
sufficient number of messages to be bundled into a digest and sent out
You will be able to post a message on the list about some aspect of your
genealogical research involving the subject matter of the list. You may
ask for help or information, or you may post data or respond to someone
else's query -- participating in the ongoing discussion on the list.
Those who share their genealogical information usually receive more
information back than those who only ask for research help or post
To make the most efficient use of a Mailing List, take time to review
messages posted to it (even those that on the surface have no connection
to your research) as there may be a clue or connection you wouldn't
notice at first glance. When posting messages choose a brief, but
informative, subject line. You want your message to attract the
attention of other list members who may be quickly scanning the list
messages for items of interest to them. Give them a reason to read your
messages. Put sufficient information in the message body of your post so
that others can determine quickly and easily if they might have
information for you or can establish a connection to your family.
What you can learn from subscribing to a Mailing List is often directly
related to the thought and preparation you put into your list
participation. Don't sit back and expect someone to feed you answers or
do your research. The greatest value of Mailing Lists is in the sharing.
Permission to reprint articles from RootsWeb Review is granted unless
specifically stated otherwise, provided: (1) the reprint is used for
non-commercial, educational purposes; and (2) the following notice
appears at the end of the article: Previously published in RootsWeb
Review: Vol. 6, No. 23, 4 June 2003.
RWR Archives: http://e-zine.rootsweb.com/
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