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Archive-name: genealogy/misc
Posting-Frequency: 21 days
Last-Modified: 1999/07/05
URL: http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/socgmisc.html

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Frequently Asked Questions For soc.genealogy.misc

Summary

This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
and their answers about genealogy or Family History. It should be read by
anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.misc newsgroup or to the
associated mailing list GENMSC-L.

If you have any comments or additions, or would like to suggest further
topics to be included, then please contact John Woodgate,
(john@woodgate.org)

Contributions by:
     Brian Randell, Ruth Satterthwaite, Stephen Wood, Johan Berteloot,
     Miles Abernathy
Changes For This Version (5th July 1999)
     Moved to a new server. Removed all references to the Eworld server.
     Removed section on listserv as that software is no longer used.
     Updated the URL for the Roots Surname List (RSL)

Copyright and Disclaimer

Copyright (c) 1999 by John Woodgate. All rights reserved.

This document may be freely redistributed in its entirety without
modification provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not
be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the
prior written permission of the copyright holder. Permission is expressly
granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from
installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the
Internet.

This document is provided AS IS without any express or implied warranty.

The author may be contacted at 50 Great Meadow Road, Bradley Stoke,
Bristol, BS32 8DA, England.

Questions Discussed

General Interest

  1. What are soc.genealogy.misc and GENMSC-L for?
  2. Where do I get on-line information and guidance?
  3. Are there any other sources?
  4. What about the Mormon data?
  5. How do I get the latest version of the FAQ?

GENMSC-L

  1. How do I subscribe to GENMSC-L?
  2. How do I Unsubscribe to GENMSC-L?
  3. How do I get copies of past messages?
  4. How do I get the messages as a digest?
  5. How do I get the messages as a index?
  6. How do I get the messages as separate messages?
  7. I keep getting 'unknown address.' What can I do?

Roots Surname List

  1. What is the Roots Surname List?
  2. How do I add to the Roots Surname List?
  3. Roots Surname List on the Web

General Interest

  1. What are soc.genealogy.misc and GENMSC-L for?

     soc.genealogy.misc is an unmoderated Usenet newgroup which is intended
     for any genealogy-related posting which is not appropriate for one of
     the other soc.genealogy.* groups. Possible topics include
     time-sensitive and/or wide audience announcements and requests;
     information about personal experiences and contacts; and solicitation
     of other researcher's opinions.

     Other topics include:
       1. Questions about which soc.genealogy.* group is appropriate for a
          given question.
       2. Announcements (special events; new products and services, etc.)
       3. General advisories (scams, finds in used bookstores, etc.)
       4. Wide audience requests: (does anybody have this book; advice
          about researchers in, or travel to a particular location; etc.)
       5. Requests for opinions on ways to handle particular family
          situations.
       6. Sharing of personal experiences that do not illustrate methods of
          general applicability.
       7. Discussions about unusual names or nicknames, etc.

     All who have access to the Usenet soc.genealogy.misc newsgroup, or to
     the GENMSC-L mailing list are welcome to join and take part. This
     newsgroup is not moderated. Anything posted to the newsgroup will be
     seen by all the readers of the newsgroup and the mailing list and vice
     versa. Remember, what you post will be seen exactly as you post it.

     We therefore recommend 'lurking' in the newsgroup or mailing list
     (i.e. reading messages without posting anything) for a few days so as
     to get an idea of how people typically phrase their postings, and so
     learn how to best formulate any questions or comments, before you
     start posting to the newsgroup and mailing list yourself.

     Advertising or selling of a product or service is not in general
     regarded as acceptable. They should be placed in
     soc.genealogy.marketplace

  2. Where can I get on-line information and guidance?

     There is a very good source of information on sites which have
     genealogical information. This a list being put together by John
     Fuller. John posts the list from time to time to the
     soc.genealogy.misc newsgroup. If you cannot find a copy on your local
     machine, you can FTP a copy from ftp.cac.psu.edu. The file is
     ftp://ftp.cac.psu.edu/pub/genealogy/text/guides/gresinet.txt. There is
     also a list available on the Web at http://www.eskimo.com/~chance/

     For the foreseeable future, it is likely that much of the information
     you will need will be found only in books, or on microfilm or
     microfiche in the various libraries, archives and record offices. Do
     not expect to be able to restrict your research just to data that is
     available to you on-line.

  3. Are there any other sources?

     If you are using the World Wide Web (aka WWW, W3, Netscape, Internet
     Explorer) you can reach a page related to genealogy via the URL

     http://www.genhomepage.com/

     It provides a lot of pointers to a lot of the genealogy related
     material on the internet.

  4. What about the Mormon data?

     The pre-eminent source of genealogical information is in the Family
     History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
     (the Mormons). There are NO on-line access facilities to this immense
     library, but there are branches of this library in many towns and
     cities throughout the world. You would be well advised to seek out
     your nearest branch of this library and pay it an early visit.

  5. How do I get the latest version of the FAQ?

     You can obtain the latest version of the FAQ from various sources:
        o Via anonymous FTP from ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/
        o Via the WWW at the following URL
          http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/socgmisc.html

GENMSC-L

  1. How do I subscribe to GENMSC-L?

     You may subscribe to the GENMSC-L mailing list by sending the
     following email message:

          To: GENMSC-L@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          SUBSCRIBE GENMSC-L first_name last_name

     Do NOT include any other text such as a sig file. If you do, the
     LISTPROC software will attempt to read it as a series of commands and
     probably send you a message or messages saying it cannot understand
     you.

  2. How do I Unsubscribe to GENMSC-L?

     You may leave the GENMSC-L mailing list at any time by sending the
     following message:

          To: GENMSC-L@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          SIGNOFF GENMSC-L

     No name is needed. In fact it will not work if you put your name.

  3. How do I get copies of past messages?

     If you think you have missed an important GENMSC-L message, you can
     get a copy of all the messages for a particular week. You can do this
     by sending the following email message:

          To: LISTSERV@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          GET GENMSC-L LOGyymmw

  4. How do I get the messages as a digest?

     If you would prefer to get the messages from GENMSC-L as a single
     digest, or 'super-message' containing all the messages for that
     24-hour period, send the following email message:

          To: LISTSERV@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          SET GENMSC-L DIGEST

     Some email readers have the ability to read a digest and to break it
     down into separate messages for you to read.

  5. How do I get the messages as a index?

     If you would prefer to get the messages from GENMSC-L as a index to
     the digest, send the email message

          To: LISTSERV@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          SET GENMSC-L INDEX

     The instruction on how to get messages which might be of interest are
     included in the index.

  6. How do I get the messages as separate messages?

     If you would prefer to get the messages from GENMSC-L as separate
     messages, send the following email message:

          To: LISTSERV@rootsweb.com
          Subject: <Leave Blank>
          SET GENMSC-L MAIL

  7. I keep getting 'unknown address.' What can I do?

     From time to time, you may find that when you try to send a reply to a
     GENMSC-L message, the message gets returned by your name server with
     the reason 'unknown address'. There is a good chance that the
     rootsweb.com machine will know the address. To send your message via
     this machine (NOT VIA GENMSC-L@rootsweb.com), you will have to modify
     the address you are using.

     For example, if the 'bad' address was:

          user_name@unknown.address.net

     To send this message via rootsweb.com, change the '@' to a '%' and add
     the @rootsweb.com to the end:

          user_name%unknown.address.net@rootsweb.com

     This means that you want to use the nameserver of rootsweb.com instead
     of your local nameserver.

Roots Surname List

  1. What is the Roots Surname List?

     The Roots Surname List is intended to help genealogical researchers
     compare and share data. Readers are welcome to submit the surnames
     they are researching for inclusion in the list, if they are willing to
     share their data with others who may be doing parallel research.

     Updates to the list are posted the first weekend of each month.
     Contact information for the submitters of the new or revised info will
     also be posted.

  2. How do I add to the Roots Surname List?

     If you want to add the surnames you are researching to the Roots
     Surname List, complete the form at
     http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rsledit.cgi

  3. Roots Surname List on the Web

     If you have access to the 'web', then you can conduct an on-line
     search of the RSL using the URL
     http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi

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