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    1. [WULFF] [ADMIN NOTE] The Rootsweb lists are ending communication March 2, 2020 Were we go from here.
    2. Lauren Boyd McLachlan
    3. Dear List Members: By now, you have heard that Ancestry is closing the Rootsweb mailing lists to live communication.As of March 2, 2020 you will not be able to send or receive messages via Rootsweb lists. Whatever is currently housed under the Domain Name Rootsweb, will remain until Ancestry makes any decisions it feels necessary in future. The List Archives for all the LIsts at Rootsweb are to remain viewable. and searchable. I do not find their search engine to be robust. You may want to browse each year and month if you do not find searching the list to turn up what you are seeking. Also, trying a google search can be effective. You have about a day to post your last ditch messages. BE SURE to put your contact information in the body of the post so that people can contact you in future. Be aware that this informaiton will be permanently viewable to anyone searching the archives in future, so be prudent and do not compromise your own security. When the lists close, tha Admin tools also go away. I won't be able to assist with Rootsweb list items. The Rootsweb/Ancestry Message Boards will remain active. You CAN post there. You do NOT need an Ancestry paid account. You do, however, need to have a login ID and password. If you do not have an Ancestry account, you will not be able to have direct contact with authors of posts in private. Consider putting your contact info in the body of your messages. Where do we go from here? Firtsty, Thank you for adding to the body of the your families history since 1996 on I am the Admin for about 100 surname, location, clan and DNA lists. I am downloading all the subscriber addresses. I have not yet created a place to move the lists. However, that is the end aim. Bear with me as I have been a List Admin at Rootsweb since 1996 and have 100 lists to deal with in attempt to preserve a friendly email experience with all who are accustomed to that environment. IF you are on Facebook, there are groiups you can join, if you have not already, to discuss and share your Interests. You can easily search and use the "group" classification to find all which may apply. Karen and Brian who began Rootsweb, and also created LInkpendium, were heavily considering creating "Rootsweb the Next Generation." I held off acting to move the lists elsewhere as I was hoping they would go forth with their perceived craziness and I could move all to RWTNG. Alas, life is too complicated to create such a venue at this time. That said, they will be adding links as they are sent to them, to show where the Rootsweb lists have gone. I have not asked Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's list, butt I suspect she may do the same. Lots of work. There are currently over 31, 000 lists housed at Rootsweb. If the admin is active, they will be considering options. So...Let me assure you that I will not use your email addresses for any purpose but to alert you where I have found to continue this conversation. If your list is associated to an organization, I will be supplying your information to them for followup as they may have established a presence elsewhere of which they can alert you. Happy Trails, Lauren Boyd McLachlan Rootsweb Volunteer since 1996 Ancestry Volunteer since 2000 100 Lists 235 Message Boards

    02/29/2020 09:18:27
    1. [WULFF] Barnhard Wulff 1830-1911 Germany, Ohio
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    3. Looking for information on BARNHARD WULFF born 1830 in Germany, and died 17 March 1911Henry County, Ohio Barnhard immigrated from Germany in 1893 He married HELENA. Children Of Barnhard and Helena are Barney Wulff born 1865 Germany died 1938 Henry County, Ohio Married Lena Miller Their children are: 1.Rosa Wulff born 10 Jan 1900 Liberty Center Ohio died 5 Jan 1994 Bryan Ohio Married John Retcher 2. Charles H Wulff born 1902 Ohio died 2 April 1975 Henry County, Ohio Married: Bernice 3. Harry Wulff born 1907 Ohio

    12/05/2007 02:33:27
    1. ADMIN NOTE: Rootsweb site going down for planned maintenance
    2. Dear Listers: Advance notice has been given that Rootsweb will be down for 6 hours from late tonight to tomorrow. Details as listed at are below. Kind Regards, Lauren List Admin RootsWeb servers being relocated: 2006-01-18 Overnight Wednesday into Thursday, most RootsWeb's services, including here at the HelpDesk, will be down/stopped/off-line while we relocate servers. RootsWeb's Message Boards and World Connect will be available as they have already been relocated. Please bookmark those two sites now, if you haven't already. Alternatively please have a look around our sister site Ancestry. E-mail bound for RootsWeb should be held by your ISP automatically until our servers are back online and ready to receive email again. If an e-mail does bounce back to you, please hold off sending the mail for a period of six hours. Noting that this will include communications to and from all RootsWeb addresses and staff. The time scheduled for the servers to be off: Utah: Thursday 19th January from midnight until 6am (MST). This translates to the starting time of : USA & Canada Thu 2am EST, 1am CST, Wed 11pm PST UK/GMT 7am NZ 8pm Aus 6pm AEDT. (all Thursday)

    01/18/2006 03:08:45
    1. Announcement and Article of Interest: EVERTON NEWSLINE IS BACK ON TRACK
    2. What a great Channukah/Christmas/"Winter Holiday" present! Everton's is back. :) -----Forwarded Message----- From: Newsline Sent: Dec 10, 2004 8:31 AM Subject: EVERTON NEWSLINE IS BACK ON TRACK and better than ever! ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~. At Everton Publishers, we are excited to be in touch with you! EVERTON NEWSLINE is your information source for the latest quick tips, genealogical events, up-to-date resources for researching family histories, and Frank Beacon's inspiring words. Bobbie Coray and Walter Fuller, our new leaders, are pleased to announce that the November/December issue of Everton's Genealogical Helper is in the mail. Those familiar with Family History Magazine will be pleasantly surprised to see that the name has returned to the original Everton's Genealogical Helper in keeping with the magnificent 57-year tradition of excellence in quality, content, format and scope. We'll also bring you in on all the most important technological advances in genealogical research today. You'll love our easy-to-read and user-friendly format, and we know you'll be delighted to find it packed with 160 pages of genealogical help and information to make your family history experience better than ever. And that's just the first issue. In the Everton tradition, we just get better with age. Holly Hansen and Jenni Johnson are thrilled to return as editors of the Helper. As the owners of My Ancestors, they have extensive experience in professional research, organizing research retreats and offering specialty products to the genealogical community. As seasoned professionals in the family history industry, they use their years of knowledge and experience in preparing one of the most professional and insightful magazines on the market for you today. For questions or comments, simply contact us at 1 (800) 443-6325. We look forward to hearing from you. If your subscription needs to be renewed or you are ready to subscribe for the first time go to and order online from My Ancestors. It's fast, easy, and the best way to get the Everton Genealogical Helper to your door in time to assist you with your current project. The Everton website is currently in transition but is alive and online once again. Check us out at and read about the positive recent changes with our organization. We think you'll be as excited as we are. We Want YOU to Spend a Glorious Week in Salt Lake City With Us ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~. The Perfect Way to Jumpstart Your Research in 2005 We are inviting you to spend a week in historic downtown Salt Lake City at the LDS Family History Library with Everton Publishers and My Ancestors. Come and enjoy a week of intensive learning, discovery, and sharing with Holly Hansen and Jenni Johnson, who will personally host this event the week of January 17-22, 2005. Don't miss this unique opportunity to explore the world's largest Family History Library in the company of other researchers (soon-to-be friends) and caring professionals who will help you connect with your ancestors. Just think... five full days of research classes and professional assistance at the Library... this could be your most effective week of genealogical learning ever! For full details, go to We are looking forward to a terrific week of research and we hope to see you there! FRANK BEACON RETURNS ~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~.~. Just a thought Life is such an adventure! I don't remember seeing any kind of a map at the beginning of this journey that plotted out a series of trails to where I am today. If there was one, I lost it or couldn't read it or maybe I tossed it on top of some cluttered desk and decided I'd read the directions if I couldn't figure all this out on my own. I'm like that, you know independent, hard-headed, adventurous and hopelessly attracted to the road less traveled. Truth be told, I love the places that I've been geographically, physically, emotionally, spiritually. There are many trails I would not have taken had I known what waited around some dark bends, but nevertheless, I took them and the experiences I have collected like little treasures along the way make up who I am today. We are all the sum of our experiences and if we value and learn from them, we are enlightened. When Holly Hansen called me today and asked me to resume writing a column for Everton Publishers, I just had to smile! . I'm here, again, I thought to myself. I've come back to this place that brought me so much joy and I'm not sure how I got here. But, I like it. I think I'll rest here awhile. In the past I have had the pleasure of assisting family historians throughout the world with hints, tips and helps that make the work of their arduous research a little easier. I like that role. More importantly, I love the role of validating the importance of this work that helps us to understand who we are, where we have been, and what we can gain from understanding (no, appreciating) the long journeys of others who blazed their paths before us. Whether you are a returning reader, an experienced researcher, a family history beginner or somebody surfing the Web due to a bad case of insomnia, I hope you will take my hand and walk this path with me awhile. We have so much to learn together and so many brick walls to break down to get to wherever it is we are going! Everton Publishers is back and better than ever. -- Frank Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season! Everton Publishers and My Ancestors

    12/10/2004 02:04:30
    1. Article of Interest: Ancestry Quick Tip: MORE ON ORGANIZING FILES
    2. ===================================================================== ANCESTRY QUICK TIP ===================================================================== MORE ON ORGANIZING FILES I bought a file drawer and have a number of suspension files in it, each labeled with a family name. Into these files go any printed matter relating to the named family. I have also started acquiring some copies of photos and am putting these in protective sleeves and into the appropriate file until I decide how I am going to deal with them. In the meantime if I suddenly want to show a photo to someone in a particular family, I can find it straight away. I also have a file labeled miscellaneous for those bits and pieces that I'm not sure where to file. I know I still have to "DO" the filing, but in the meantime I've overcome the sight of pages and other things floating around and not being able to find them when I want them. Hope this will help other disorganized people like me. Patricia Irby ____________________________________________________________________ Copyright 1998-2004,, Inc. and its subsidiaries Printed by permission, "Ancestry Daily News"

    11/29/2004 08:19:49
    1. Article of Interest: Family History Compass "Holidays: The Perfect Time to Start Writing," by Juliana Smith
    2. ===================================================================== Family History Compass "Holidays: The Perfect Time to Start Writing," by Juliana Smith ===================================================================== Well, if you're reading this, then you've survived the launch of this year's holiday season. You're probably still snacking on turkey leftovers and are trying to figure out something creative to do with that leftover cranberry sauce. Maybe you were even among the really brave folks who got up early on Friday and hit the stores in search of the year's best bargains. (Sorry I missed you. I point and click my way through the busy stores at this time of year--less stress, and the timesaving benefits are paramount these days!) As I write this, Thanksgiving is still a few days away, but I know my family will be joining my parents, my sisters, and their families for a delicious dinner and some great conversation. Besides catching my annual abuse for making the world's worst turkey gravy (can it really be twenty-five years ago?), there will also be a lot of reminiscing around the table. Although we get together many times throughout the course of the year, the stories really seem to flow during the holidays. Perhaps it's the feel of the crisp air outside or maybe the smell of Christmas trees and pine scented candles that stir the memories. Or maybe it's the sight of decorations I remember from my childhood, or the smell of traditional foods. Whatever the reason, for the family historian, the holiday season is the best time to capture memories as family members share them over the dinner table. In this week's Family History Compass, let's look at some ways we can take advantage of the opportunities and any new information we've gleaned and use it to enhance our family history. TAKE NOTES OR TAPE NOTES? Audio tapes and videotapes can help preserve the memories being exchanged and are ideal for this type of thing, but sometimes people aren't as comfortable with a camera or microphone pointed at them. If this is true of your relatives, you may miss out on important stories from someone who is camera-shy, or, instead, stories may be "adapted" for the production. While it's important to capture these stories, you don't want to alter the natural course of the conversation. Your relatives might not be as inhibited by you recording the information by jotting down some notes in a notepad as you sit around the table. START WRITING SOON AFTER Although hectic doesn't begin to describe the holidays for many of us, typically there is a night or two following the holiday where you may really need some "down-time." Curl up in a comfy spot with some warm cider and a notebook (or laptop) and fill in the blanks on any notes you took. The sooner this is done, the more accurately you'll remember the details. While you're at it, on a separate page, you can jot down notes for follow-ups later. If you have any questions you want to ask the storyteller, you might want to jot those down as well. You can send them a post-holiday note telling them how much you enjoyed the stories and perhaps send them a tidbit of information or a copy of a record from your files that dovetails with the story. Then include your questions or ask if you can follow up with a phone call. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE FIT FOR PUBLICATION IMMEDIATELY Given that you may have jotted down notes on quite a few stories, it might seem overwhelming to try to write them out in their entirety, in perfect and publishable form, the night after. Instead just try to expand on the notes. Bask in the glow of the recent memories and try to picture the storyteller's face as they reminisced. If there are particular words they used that stuck in your mind, write them down. If you feel that the writing muses are with you, try to capture the moment, but the most important thing is to get down the important points right now, before they are forgotten. FACT CHECKING Once you have filled in the stories, you might want to do a little fact checking. Not that your relatives would ever dream of exaggerating, but there may be some confusion as to dates and details. If you find that one of the family stories doesn't coincide with the records you have found, diplomacy is of the utmost importance. Calling Aunt Gertrude a liar is a no-no. In some cases, even hinting that they might be wrong can cause ill feelings. (We need to stay on our family's good side if we want to continue to get information from them.) One tactic might be to blame yourself. Look very humble and say, "Oh Aunt Gertie, I must have mixed something up here. I have a birth certificate that says Uncle Henry was born in Philadelphia, but I messed up as I was taking down notes on your story the other day and put down that he was born in France. Can you, in your never-ending wisdom, please help me to sort out this problem?" OK, maybe that's a bit over the top, but you get the idea. SEND REVIEW COPIES Once you get a rough draft of the stories together, consider sending a copy to your storyteller. They may be flattered that you took the story so seriously and can help you to correct any misinterpretations. In addition, you may find that reading their story as told by someone else will remind them of details that they left out of the first version. THERE'S STILL TIME BEFORE THE NEXT WAVE If you'll be seeing your family again this holiday season, you have another chance to follow-up. Check your files for interesting records that might spur memories. Old newspaper clippings or census records you've located may prompt more stories. If possible, bring not only the record itself but others around it. For example, if you've found a copy of a local newspaper with an item of interest, try to bring copies of other pages. As family members browse through the stories, other memories may be remembered. Surrounding census pages may prompt memories of neighbors, businesses, and other family members in the area. Make the records easy to pass around, but if you overwhelm people with too much past, you may turn them off. Family members will also want to be "in the moment" and enjoy the day. Which brings up one more suggestion; take a look at your immediate family and write about them. Jot down five things you learned about each person. If you don't know five things about them, at your next family get together, make a point of finding out five things. This is the stuff your family's future historians will treasure! ___________________________________________________________________ Copyright 1998-2004,, Inc. and its subsidiaries Printed by permission, "Ancestry Daily News"

    11/29/2004 08:06:03
    1. Announcement: Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree 2005
    2. Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree 2005 St. George, Utah, will be the site of the Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree, February 11-12, 2005, at the spacious Dixie Convention Center. Committees are formed; vendors have reserved their table spaces; exhibitors are designing their displays; and speakers are outlining their classes. St. George will be the place to be in February. Vendors and speakers are coming from all over the United States to share their knowledge with you. Free drawings and prizes, a food concessions stand in the building, an evening of international performances and free parking are included as part of two fun and educational days. Sixty-three training seminar classes will be presented by speakers such as Tom Kemp, Leland Meitzler, Bill Dollarhide, Karen Clifford, Geoff Rasmussen, Robert and Elaine Booth, Dave Shrum, Jon and Loretta Shupe, Bruce Buzby, Kay Hancock, Marlo Schuldt, Holly Hansen, Jenni Johnson, Sue Dintelman, Judy Wight, Shanna Jones, Don Snow and more. Topics include What is Happening on the Internet; Enhancing Histories with Photos; Websites: Publish or Perish; Give Life to Old Photos; What Makes the Internet Work and Who is to Blame if It Doesn’t; Research Success using Technology; Mapping Your Ancestors; Timelines and Chronologies; a Computer is a Great Helper; a Digital Camera is a New Friend; Ten Reasons for Writing your Life Story; Introduction to England and Wales Research; Three Cs of Irish Research; Planning the Perfect Reunion; Genetic Genealogy – DNA; 200,000 Websites and Where do I Go?; Tracing Immigrant Origins; and much more. Over 60 vendors and exhibitors will be representing groups, companies and products such as Heritage Creations, Computer Genealogy Specialists, Washington County PAF Users Group, Family History CD, Utah Windmill Museum and Interpretive Center, Personal Historian, DAR, Dees Genealogy, Roots Magic, Genealogy Research Associates, Utah Cemetery Project Generation Maps, Godfrey Memorial Library, Ani-Map, Ancestral Quest, LifeStory Productions, My Ancestors, Pleiades Software, Legacy, Relative Genetics, Skyview Technologies, GenSmarts, PAF Insight, A Crash Course in Family History, Sorenson Genealogy Foundation, SteamRoller, Twice Upon a Memory, and more. Special entertainment from several international cultures will be offered in a special performance on Saturday evening. It will feature Native American heritage dances, German fold dancers, Polynesian dances and vocalist, and the Master Singers with songs we all remember. Registrations are already arriving. At only $32 per person for prepaid early bird pre-registration tickets, this is a real bargain for the genealogists. These discounted advance sale tickets will be available through the end of 2004. Our thanks to the presenters of this conference: Computer Genealogy Specialists and Washington County PAF Users Group of St. George, Utah, for making a quality conference affordable for all. Let’s hope this becomes an annual event. ...................... as found at:

    11/25/2004 11:50:58
    1. Article of Interest: RESEARCH PATHS AND BYWAYS: "WHY DIDN'T I SEE THAT?" by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG
    2. =================================================================== RESEARCH PATHS AND BYWAYS: "WHY DIDN'T I SEE THAT?" by Patricia Law Hatcher, CG, FASG =================================================================== When I review the written compilations and conclusions of other researchers, I often see things that the author has overlooked. I suppose it would be nice to say that such observations are brilliance on my part, but that rarely is the case. They usually are things obvious enough that the researcher exclaims, "Why didn't I see that?" "Why didn't I see that?" This is a question worth answering, because the answers can help us avoid problems in our own research. Let me begin with a disclaimer. Some of the vision problems described below are familiar to me as my own. I've exclaimed, "Why didn't I see that?" on more than one occasion myself. Let's take a genealogical vision exam. TUNNEL VISION Most of us are searching for our own ancestry. We find an ancestor and then seek his or her parents. When we find them, we shout "Eureka!" and immediately begin seeking their parents. We are wearing ancestral blinders. We ignore everyone other than OUR ancestor. The corrective prescription would read, "Equality for siblings!" Your ancestor's siblings have the same parents as your ancestor. If you can't find your ancestor's parents, the solution may lie with siblings. Furthermore, it's awfully easy to make a mistake. I rather like the quality control of confirming that my ancestor's siblings have the same set of parents as my ancestor. FAR-SIGHTEDNESS Many of us are too goal oriented. Our eye is drawn to the unknown distant past instead of focusing on the portion of the past with which we have already connected. We are so anxious to push onward that we don't take the time to establish a firm base from which to do the pushing. The corrective prescription would read, "Slow down. Observe the scenery. Get to know the people." Be thorough. Spend ample time in the locality and with the individuals you have identified. NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS This problem has become more common in recent years. People seem to over analyze each piece of evidence, discussing various reasons why the document might say what it does. It is true that we need to keep in mind the reasons a document was created and any legal or religious restrictions of the time, but too much analysis can detract from what is explicitly stated in the document. The corrective prescription would read, "Just the facts, ma'am." Those of you who remember Dragnet will remember that Joe Friday understood perfectly well that the extra information being imparted would often obscure (intentionally or unintentionally) the information he needed. I would rather see a straightforward presentation of all documents, unclouded by analysis, than to see something I recently encountered: several pages analyzing a document, without once telling me precisely what the document said. BLURRED VISION One of the things I often see in narratives is smudged identities. Let me explain. Over and over I see a sentence such as "Henry deeded his land to his son John in 1830." Immediately, I want to know what the deed REALLY said. Did Henry say "my son" or did he merely say "John?" I am left to puzzle whether the researcher knew there was a son John, assumed there was a son John, or WISHED there were a son John. When we add these "helpful" phrases, we smudge the identity of the individuals involved (in this case, perhaps, a second cousin once removed). The corrective prescription would read, "Always present literal transcriptions of names and relationships." Until your research has been compiled and reviewed, William should remain William, Billy should remain Billy, Will jr. should remain Will jr., Wm. F. should remain Wm. F., and so on. POOR FOCUS This is the old-fashioned "can't see the forest for the trees" problem--or perhaps the "can't see the trees for the forest" problem. We need to maintain a balance and examine BOTH the individual records and the records in relationship to each other. The corrective prescription would read, "Step back, blink twice, and look again. Then step forward, blink twice, and look again." My favorite mechanism for doing so is to create a chronology with extracts of all records (including places), with names given exactly as in the records. It is amazing what is revealed when we let our ancestors live their lives in chronological order. MONOCULAR VISION The genealogical manifestation of monocular vision is only researching half of a couple--almost always the male half because of the focus on surnames. We can all fall into this trap because women's birth surnames disappear upon marriage. But that is no reason to ignore the wife. Are we sure he had only one? What records do we have indicating her name? For exactly what years do we know the name of the wife? The corrective prescription would read, "Give her a paragraph of her own." If we force ourselves to discuss the wife as an individual, specifically identifying when we know of her presence, even if nameless (birth of a child, "Henry and wife received communion"), we are less likely to miss clues of identity or to latch onto the wrong ancestry. OFFICE HOURS ARE OVER... but these prescriptions for clearer vision can be filled at any time --the sooner, the better for your research. ...................................... Copyright 1998-2004,, Inc. and its subsidiaries Reprinted by permission, "Ancestry Daily News"

    08/25/2004 03:18:04
    1. Article of Interest: Family History Compass: "Taking Stock," by Juliana Smith
    2. ===================================================================== Family History Compass: "Taking Stock," by Juliana Smith ===================================================================== My book collection has grown to the point where the four bookshelves in my office can no longer contain it. I would like to replace one of the smaller shelves with a taller shelf. Unfortunately, for now the budget says "no" to any large furniture purchases, so I have had to put some of my books in boxes in the closet. This makes it tough when I need to find a book. Of course I've tried to sort the books so that the lesser-used volumes go in the boxes, but you know how that goes. As soon as it goes into that hard-to-reach box on the top shelf, I can be sure I'll need it. As I was wading through the boxes the other day, I found a duplicate book, so I called my mother to see if she was missing her copy. No, she also has one. So at some point, I blew $25 on a book I already had. This isn't the first time this has happened, and because I'm a bit frugal in nature, this really bugs me. So I decided my big summer project will be to take stock--and not just with my books. Since I work with my mother on our family history, there have been way too many times where one of us has called the other with a great find, only to have the wind taken out of our sails when we find out the other already has that record. So in my never-ending quest to become a lean, mean, organized genealogical machine, I am going to step back and inventory what I have. Both projects will, of course, involve doing some filing and organizing. When I enter the location, "Desktop--third pile from the left, halfway down" will not be a good descriptor. Then there will be the issue of how to catalog my collections. In today's "Family History Compass," I thought I'd take a look at some options I am investigating for taking an inventory of my family history tools and documents. BOOKS AND CDS I remembered reading an article by Mark Howells in the May/June 2004 issue of "Ancestry" Magazine, titled "Do I Have That Book?" (Boy, that title sure rings a bell!) It reviewed a software program called Readerware ( ) that catalogs books. It sounds like a neat program, and just for the heck of it I decided I would see if there were other comparable programs available. I found quite a few by simply doing a search for "book inventory software" (without quotes). There were more at, a popular site for downloading software. Prices ranged from $24.95 to around $65 and most were available as shareware. (Shareware is software you can download and try for free for a limited time, after which you are required to purchase to continue access.) Features varied on the different software, but the most important features--descriptive information and locator information--were fairly consistent. Once entered, by either entering an ISBN number, title or author, or scanning a bar code (you'll need additional equipment for scanning bar codes to use this method), many of the programs could search sites like to fill in additional information about the publication, saving a lot of typing time. Some went further adding features such as whether a book was autographed, whether you had loaned it to someone (also to whom and when returned), ability to include images (photos showing the condition of the book or images of covers), label printing, and spaces for reviews and comments. Several also allowed you to include books you don't own, with fields to specify "owned" and "want to own," creating a kind of wish list. There are also programs available for cataloging CD-ROMs, but I only found one that combined music, video, books, and software, and that was AVCataloger ( ). I like the idea of being able to keep my CDs and books in the same database. I still haven't made a decision, and my purchase will have to wait until payday, but I like the options I'm seeing out there, and while the more frugal Juliana is telling me to save my money and try to develop my own inventory on a spreadsheet, I am very tempted to go ahead and buy one, since many of the added timesaving features may help inspire me to get this project done. Besides, if it saves me from duplicating a couple of pricey purchases, it will have paid for itself. DOCUMENT INVENTORIES As previously mentioned, Mom and I have had ended up duplicating research too often. It's just a question of one hand not knowing what the other is doing, and like the duplication of book purchases, the duplication of research wastes time and money--neither of which are in excess around here. So I need to take stock of what I have and from there I'll better be able to determine what direction Mom and I need to go in to further our search. So what options do we have? I have created timelines for each ancestral family, which include the records I have collected that pertain to them. While they are very helpful in finding gaps in time periods, I'd like to see more of a checklist that will show me at a glance what I need to go after. There are forms available online that can be used, like the one at Rory's Genealogy page: . Another one from the "Ancestors" PBS series website, covers home sources at: (Note: This is a PDF file and requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print.) These are great for getting ideas of what I'm missing, but I'd really prefer to store my inventory electronically, so that I can take it with me on my laptop when I go on research trips. Plus, we're driving to a family reunion this summer and I can use some of the car time to log things. One way would be to create my own checklist template, using a word processor or spreadsheet and listing items that I should be gathering on all my ancestors. Then I could save one document for each person and customize it. Another option is to enter the information in Clooz, a program designed specifically for this purpose ( ). Not only does it allow you to enter all the information you've located for your ancestors, it also lets you enter all those records that you haven't quite been able to tie in to your family. I've had this program for years and although I started entering one family line into it a while back, I got lazy and shelved that project in favor of growing some of those evil piles that seem to like to pop up around my office. My summer resolution is to get the database updated in it and print off inventories to share with Mom so that we can compare notes. First though, I want to take a look at the manual and go over the steps so that I enter everything properly. Now which box did I put that in? Must be in the box on the top shelf. ____________________________________________________________________ Copyright 1998-2004,, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Reprinted with permission, "Ancestry Daily News"

    06/28/2004 03:49:35
    1. Article of Interest: re handling your list mail when going on vacation
    2. A gentle reminder from your List Admin... thanks to Myra for writing something that can just be passed along. :) Lauren Admin, various Rootsweb lists ................. RootsWeb Mailing Lists -- Gone Fishing? "Summertime and the livin' is easy" is how the familiar song from "Porgy and Bess" goes. For RootsWeb users in the Northern Hemisphere, summer is nearly here and that often brings with it vacations (holidays), long weekend fishing trips, beach house visits or trips to the cabin in the mountains. All of which means time away from genealogical research, time away from your computer and your e-mail. What should you do when you are going to be away temporarily from your RootsWeb mailing lists? Depending upon the length of time you will be away, the capacity of your mailbox, and the activity level of the lists to which you subscribe; you may choose either to remain subscribed to the lists and catch up on your mail when you return or unsubscribe (especially from the busiest high- volume lists) and re-subscribe when you get home. RootsWeb list software does not have a temporary "NO-MAIL" setting. However, unsubscribing and re-subscribing is easy and will accomplish the purpose. If you choose to unsubscribe from all, or just some, RootsWeb mailing lists during your vacation, first check Password Central to verify to which lists you are subscribed. Once you obtain a list of your subscribed lists, address a new e-mail message to the list "request" addresses for the lists from which you wish to unsub. The "request" address is used to send your command or instructions that can either unsubscribe or subscribe you from a list. The format for addressing a message to the request address is: --if you are subscribed in mail mode (receiving every individual message list members send to the list) or --if you are subscribed in digest mode (receiving list messages lumped together in digest format). Replace the generic word LISTNAME above with the actual name of the list. For instance, if you wish to unsubscribe from the SMITH surname list and you are subscribed in mail mode, send your request to: or to unsubscribe from the digests. Be sure to put the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject and message body of your e-mail and don't include any other text. If you wish to unsubscribe from more than one list at the same time, you can show multiple "request" addresses in the SEND TO box of your e-mail with the addresses separated by a comma just as you would if you were sending an e-mail to several individuals at one time. Keep a record of the mailing list names for the lists from which you have unsubbed so that you can easily address a new e-mail to the same list request addresses when you return with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject and message body to get back on the lists you temporarily left. Note: Never send a REPLY e-mail to subscribe to, or unsubscribe from, a list -- always send a NEW e-mail. Upon your return from summer fun, you can browse the archives of your mailing lists to catch up on the messages you missed. Start here: Type in the name of the list you wish to browse and then select the month and year to view an outline of the messages you wish to read. Next, click to view any or all individual messages. So, if the fish are biting this summer or the seashore looks inviting, leave the laptop at home and don't worry about the "the big one" getting away because you are not home to view responses to your genealogical research queries. You can catch up with mailing list messages when you return. ...................... Previously published in RootsWeb Review: 16 June 2004, Vol. 7, No. 24.

    06/18/2004 02:27:39
    1. Article of Interest: Along Those Lines: "A Summer Reading List" by George G. Morgan
    2. ===================================================================== Along Those Lines: "A Summer Reading List" by George G. Morgan ===================================================================== Each year about this time I come up with a list of some of the better books I've come across in the last few months that I think you might enjoy reading when you may have some leisure time. Maybe you're lucky enough to have a porch swing or a hammock to relax in, or maybe you slather yourself with SPF 40 sunscreen and lounge by the pool or on the beach. Perhaps you just curl up on the sofa during the heat of the day, cooled by an oscillating fan or the air conditioner. Regardless of where you choose to relax, I hope you'll find some or all of these books in "Along Those Lines..." this week enjoyable and educational. "ISLE OF CANES" It takes a good writer to create a work of historical fiction, but it takes someone who is both a comprehensive researcher and a great writer to produce an excellent historical novel based on her own family's story. Elizabeth Shown Mills is such an author. Most of us know Elizabeth to be a meticulous genealogical researcher with impeccable credentials and high professional standards. In addition, however, she has now produced a compelling, historically accurate page-turner of a novel that I honestly could not put down. "Isle of Canes" is the story of a multiracial family in Louisiana that spans four generations and more than 150 years. It is the story of Marie Thérèse dite Coincoin, the daughter of slave parents and the granddaughter of a king, who is orphaned at age 16. She is determined that her family will rise from slavery and resume its rightful place in society. The book is published by, and, at the NGS Conference last month, they hosted a reception for the author as a kickoff for this book. Elizabeth told the assembled guests that "this was a book that had to be written." It is based on some of her own ancestors' lives and she felt the chronicle of their history has been calling her to write this book. Indeed, Elizabeth has been working on the book since the 1970s. She has brilliantly combined thorough genealogical research with historical and social context, in the process making the reader come to really "know" each person in the book. She has also proved herself a master of dialog that fits perfectly with the factual data and propels the story forward. "Isle of Canes" is much more than "an historical novel." It is a lovingly woven tapestry of real people's lives that will bring you to understand the people as well as the time and place in which they lived. You will not be disappointed with "Isle of Canes"! "A MIDWIFE'S TALE: THE LIFE OF MARTHA BALLARD, BASED ON HER DIARY 1785-1812" Juliana Szucs Smith, whom you all know as the editor of the "Ancestry Daily News," sent me a book as a gift some months ago that I finally made time to read this past weekend. It is the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "A Midwife's Tale," by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Originally published in 1990 by Alfred A. Knopf, the book is available in a softcover edition published by Vintage Books. "A Midwife's Tale" is the story of the life and times of Martha Moore Ballard (1735-1812), a woman who performed services as both a midwife and a healer in the area near the Kennebec River in Hollowell, Maine. She maintained a diary between 1785 and 1812 that reports on the conditions in which the people lived and about her own personal experiences as a pioneer housewife, a midwife, and a vital member of her community. She traveled by foot, horse, canoe, and boat to reach the people who needed her, sometimes across the frozen river and in harsh weather and paralyzing cold. Through it all, she maintained a chronicle of her daily life and a set of fastidious financial accounts that provide a vivid picture of the life and times in New England during these years. In addition, researchers with ancestors from that place and time may well find evidence of their ancestors' births in these pages. The book is a fascinating read, and I thank Juliana for turning me on to it. [ADN Editor's Note: There is a great website, , that offers a case study of Martha Ballard's life. Among other things, the site showcases portions of her diary, information about "A Midwife's Tale," and tips for genealogy enthusiasts.] "COURTHOUSE RESEARCH FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS" Over the course of my own genealogical research, I have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours working in courthouses and corresponding with courthouse clerks. The diversity and content of the records found in courthouses can be surprising, I've found, and you never know what you might uncover unless you know what to ask for. Christine Rose's new book, "Courthouse Research for Family Historians," will open your eyes to some astonishing facts. For example, if you think indexes are a snap to use you'll probably be surprised to learn that multiple indexing schemes can be used. Do you know the difference between an original and a compiled index? What about the Russell Index System and the Cott System? Have you used first name indexes such as the Campbell System? And if you thought that a deed, an indenture, a dower release, and a quitclaim deed were the only land instruments that might be found, think again. In addition to birth, marriage, and death records, the book covers a vast amount of information about and research strategies for land and property records, estate records, civil records, criminal records, divorces, tax records, voter registrations, naturalizations, name changes, guardianships, and other types of materials. Methodologies for advance preparation for your visit or inquiry and research strategies are well described in a logical, easy to understand way. Published by CR Publications of San Jose, California, you'll find a lot to learn in this new book. "YOUR ENGLISH ANCESTRY: A GUIDE FOR NORTH AMERICANS" AND "YOUR SCOTTISH ANCESTRY: RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE FAMILY HISTORIAN" Sherry Irvine is one of my favorite authors, and she is one of the greatest experts concerning English and Scottish research. If you have ancestors in England or Scotland, you will find these books indispensable. My own trip to England this past March reinforced for me the differences between records created and maintained in America and those in England. To succeed in your research in the U.K. or anywhere else overseas, it is essential to understand the history of the records that were created. What kinds of records were created and when? Who created them and why were they created? What information was included in these records and are they written in English or Latin or some other language? Where were they used and where were they stored? Where are they stored today and how do I access them? Both of these books are impeccable guides to research methods for the various types of records. Both also include extensive bibliographic references for further research. "Your Scottish Ancestry: Research Methods for the Family Historian" is, in fact, a new 2003 edition of the work that includes many computer and Internet resources. Both books are published by, and make for an enjoyable and informative read. I rank these at the top of my list of recommended starting references for genealogical research in the U.K. "HOW TO DO EVERYTHING WITH YOUR GENEALOGY" I'd also like to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about my own new book, "How to Do Everything with Your Genealogy," published in March by McGraw-Hill/Osborne. More than just a how-to manual, this book is structured to provide beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists a reference for building a strong research methodology and for really understanding many record types. There are three things that make this book different. First, the scope of the book includes research in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., plus some information about Australian and European research. Second, I've provided details about desktop and laptop computers, scanners, digital cameras, handheld computers (PDAs), office application software, genealogical database programs, and PDA genealogy software. If you are looking for guidance concerning what hardware, software, peripheral equipment, and utilities will support your research, this book will help you decide how technology can assist your research. And perhaps most important is an entire chapter titled "Plan a Very Successful Genealogy Trip" to help you prepare and organize your research trips like a pro. The book is filled with more than 150 images of actual documents and software screens that illustrate what is discussed in the text and a wealth of Internet links you'll want to bookmark for regular reference. Part of the McGraw-Hill/Osborne "How to Do Everything" series, I believe this book will make you a more effective researcher. OTHER BOOKS? Yes, there are other books I'm recommending too, not the least of which is "Madame Secretary: A Memoir by Madeline Albright" (Brilliant!); "Alexander Hamilton," by Ron Chernow (A great perspective); and "1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs--The Election that Changed the Country," by James Chace (Historical insight at its best). But then, of course, you have to find the books that interest you and they may not be the same as mine. So, rush to the library or to your favorite local or online bookseller(s) and then to your favorite reading spot, and get started. It's already the middle of June! Happy Reading! George ............................. Copyright 1998-2004,, Inc. and its subsidiaries. Reprinted with permission, "Ancestry Daily News"

    06/11/2004 03:59:02
    1. [Wulff] From the Admin: re Viruses, archives & a note re AOL blocking again
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. Dear Listers: For the last month it seems that everywhere you turn you are greeted with some mention of the viruses that have been active. Perhaps you, too, have received messages from mail daemons or postmasters saying that a message "you sent" was undeliverable as it had a virus attached. Rarely is a message so identified actually sent by the person the bounce message states it is from. Most virus/trojan/worm laden messages can no longer be tracked to the person or entity which is actually infected. Please visit to read about how some viruses/worms/trojans may forge the "from" email addresses. Click through to to read more and also to see the links to various companies that provide antiviral software and have information re viruses on their sites. When was the last time you updated your anti-virus program? Keep your fellow listmembers safe -- make sure your anti-virus program is on, active and up to date! The data you save may be your own. Let's all band together and make a pact to protect each other by protecting our own machines from attack. I expect that all the subscribers to the lists that I administer will do their bit to keep fellow listers safe from infection/attack. If you are in need of anti-viral software, you can download a free version of AVG from It is an excellent program. You may also run a free online scan at Even if you have Norton or McAfee, I recommend that you try these. A friend recently ran the additional scans and found things his regular anti-viral program had not. I use both, just to be sure, especially when there is a rise in viral/worm/trojan activity. This has been a difficult 4 or so weeks for the AOL/CS subscribers. AOL had blocked all Rootsweb mail from being delivered to them. Rootsweb worked with AOL to remedy the situation. AOL is again blocking some or all of Rootsweb's messages from being delivered to their subscribers. AOL subscribers can *post* to Rootsweb as Rootsweb is accepting mail from AOL. However, AOL is not delivering Rootsweb mail to its subscribers. AOL folk are advised to read list mail via the archives in order to keep up. The note at the Help Desk reports: ...................... Mail Lists: 2004-02-15 AOL rejecting RootsWeb mailing lists email AOL is again rejecting some or all of RootsWeb's mailing list email. The block is imposed by AOL and can only be removed by AOL. RootsWeb will be contacting AOL to discuss this matter though the likelihood is that the matter will take a few days to resolve. Est. downtime: 1 week(s) ......................... Following the last go 'round of AOL blocking, Rootsweb began a special list called to give a forum to discuss how AOLers can improve their experience at Rootsweb. There is a lot of tip sharing and it is a central location for the exchange of information when situations such as blocking arise. It helps to keep the misinformation to a minimum [and also the discussion off the 27,885 genealogy lists!] Here are some valuable URLS for you to explore: Topic: AOL users at RootsWeb often have specific needs and specific issues or may need specific information. This list is for user-supported self help. For questions about this list, contact the list administrator at Archives: Browsable: Interactive search: The browsable archives are generally updated within moments of messages being posted to the lists. The interactive archives are generally updated with the release of each digest. There are sometimes a lag or a gap in the archives from time to time. They are re-threaded at the beginning of each month. Do not misconstrue this message as beginning a dialogue on viruses or AOL blocking. This is an administrative message and requires no on list response. If you are considering a response, be sure that you are only writing to my admin address, or my personal address, but not the list address. Please check the address window before you hit the send button. Don't let the viruses, etc. get you down! Post a query or tip or other message today. Others are waiting to read what you have to say. Remember -- you must write mail to get mail. :) Cheers, Lauren List Admin (Various)

    02/16/2004 12:59:47
    1. [Wulff] From the List Admin to AOL listers -- all others can delete on sight
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. Dear Listers: I just sent an announcement out to all of the AOL subscribers on all "my" lists from my personal address, rather than via the list. It announced a new list at Rootsweb for AOLers that are so new they have not been in the Rootsweb Review yet. The list grew out of the recent blocking of RW by AOL. Some of the messages bounced for the following reason: ....................... ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <> ----- Transcript of session follows ----- ... while talking to >>> RCPT To:<> <<< 550 xxxxxx IS NOT ACCEPTING MAIL FROM THIS SENDER 550 <>... User unknown ....................... I suspect that some of you have your settings set so tightly that you are missing responses to the queries you send to the various lists. And when we, who write to you, have not been added to your accept list, we get this "nastygram." I substituted xxxxxx for your "screen names". I need all of you to go in and check your settings to ensure that you can receive email directly from *me* from my personal address. There are times that I must communicate with you directly for administrative purposes. If I cannot do so, the only alternative is for me to unsubcribe those I cannot communicate with. Not something I would prefer to do and something that you can easily prevent. Also -- I ask you to consider the fact that your reason for posting to the lists is to hopefully have cousins contact you. Some will choose to contact you directly. They may have oodles of wonderful research to share with you. Perhaps the missing piece to your puzzle. And if they should spend considerable time preparing a response to one of your messages and then get met with a bounce message such as this, they will be at minimum frustrated. Check your settings to ensure they are friendly and compatible with having subscribed to a list. If they are set to only accept mail from folks you put on your accept list.... better get to adding addresses! Thanks for your attention. You may now return to your genealogical research. :) All the best, Lauren Boyd List Admin (various)

    02/03/2004 01:38:34
    1. [Wulff] From the List Admin: Maintenance 6 Jan 2004
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. Dear Listers: Many of you may not be familiar and many may not yet be in the habit. However, it is a good idea to check the Rootsweb Help Desk site with some regularity. There are many helpful and informative messages posted there from Rootsweb Staff/Help Desk Folks from time to time. If something seems not to be "working right", this is the first place to look and see if there is a big yellow notice about the issue. There are several messages there currently that may be of interest to you. There is a notice about maintenance that is to begin tomorrow (6 Jan 2004 -- Utah, USA date, for the Aussies, etc. among us) that will affect the Bulletin Boards and World Connect areas. The Bulletin Boards are viewed from several areas at once -- ie Ancestry, MSN, etc. As such the server that houses them for all locations will be down for maintenance. If you use these resources, please take a minute to go read the Official Announcement. And if you do not use those resources, you may be interested in the other announcements that may affect you or others you correspond with. As I have mentioned before.... I do not always draw your attention to these messages. It is a good idea to visit the site with some regularity on your own so you remain as informed as possible about issues that may affect your quality of experience with Rootsweb's resources. If you have not already, you may want to book mark or add to favorites the URL for the Help Desk. Kind Regards, Lauren List Admin

    01/04/2004 11:49:56
    1. [Wulff] Veterans: Lest We Forget
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. "Cuimhnich air na daoine o'n d'thaining thu" A Gaelic phrase which translates to "Remember the men from whom you are descended" Wulff, Albert Joseph, b. 01/28/1925, d. 04/16/1990, PFC USMC, Plot: CC 28, bur. 04/25/1990, * Wulff, Edward Joseph, b. 10/27/1929, d. 03/23/1986, EMP3, USNR, Plot: CA 2006, bur. 04/02/1986, * These men are buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

    11/11/2003 12:10:57
    1. [Wulff] Veterans - Lest We Forget!
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. Dear Listers: November 11 is known as Veterans' Day in the USA. It was originally known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of WWI -- The War to End All Wars. I believe it is called Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Veterans among us for their service to their country. And I also invite all of you to post tales or statistics or what have you about either your own experience as a Veteran or to share about the Veterans of any and all wars, conflicts, etc. that may be found in your family tree. We must remember that Genealogy is more than just collecting names and dates of the dead that came before us, but rather who they were, what they did and how they lived. Writing family stories helps others to get to know those that came before us and also honors their memories. Yours Aye, Lauren List Admin

    11/10/2003 04:38:20
    1. [Wulff] From the List Admin: Status of Rootsweb issues
    2. Lauren Boyd
    3. Dear Listers: You will want to bookmark or save to favorites this URL: Rootsweb has instituted a notification system that can be accessed by all viewers with regard to technical or other issues. It has been in use for about a year, but it seems that many are unaware of it. When mail slows down or is non-existant for some of the lists you subscribe to, but not others, or things otherwise seem not working as you are accustomed, this is the first place you should look. There may be a notice that acknowledges an issue and provides information regarding the ***estimated*** time it will take to fix it. If there is no notice, you may want to report new issues to the help desk. If you are simply not receiving mail, you will also want to first check with password central to be sure you are still subscribed to any lists you think you are. You may have bounced off a mailing list, due to full mail box or other reason. As there are several issues at hand currently and as many have been affected by those connected with Lists2, I am pasting the current notices below my signature. Do not count on this notification from me in future. It is best that you actively seek out and review information posted to the help desk page. If you forget how to get there, just click on the link at the top of most every page at Rootsweb marked "HELP" and it will take you there. There is a wide range of information located at this site, aside from the technical information notices. It is to your benefit to take a bit of time to poke around and see what is there. Cheers, Lauren Boyd List Admin ...................... Mail Lists: 2003-10-17 The mailing list server (LISTS2) that has been off-line for maintenance has now been turned back on, and e-mail is being processed. Mail will be processed from the queued mail concurrently with incoming mail. This will mean that not all mail will arrive chronologically until the backlog in the queue has been cleared. It will probably take the better part of the day to get mail from the queues to processing and then depending on the traffic to your ISP further time to get delivered. BIGPOND in Australia is having mail receipt problems and the e-mail delivery of LISTS2 has been slightly adversely affected. We will spool mail for Bigpond users until their servers recover. We did have difficulties with a small number of lists that has meant that these lists are not currently operational and will not be until we have manually checked and fixed any outstanding issues. A list is not currently available. ................. Mail Lists: 2003-10-14 Domains bouncing e-mail from RootsWeb - XTRA.CO.NZ and SUPANET.COM Recent e-mail delivery problems seem to have been resolved. Users of the and service should check their list subscriptions as many e-mail addresses bounced off mailing lists. CHECKING LIST SUBSCRIPTIONS Following resolution of e-email problems, subscribers are encouraged to double-check their subscriptions to mailing lists at in case they have bounced off a mailing list. INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDERS ISPs are welcome to contact RootsWeb via the HelpDesk message board or via e-mail to the Postmaster to proactively deal with any mail issues. .................... Mail Lists: 2003-10-01 Missing your email from RootsWeb? Recently started using anti-spam software? RootsWeb staff and list administrators are seeing increasing numbers of e-mail bouncing from people who have recently installed an anti-spam software or service. The software or services are often not configured sufficiently to allow through e-mail from mailing lists. We would encourage you to spend a little time to configure your software and hopefully 'whitelist' the RootsWeb domain. Our piece of advice is to hasten slowly when trying an anti-spam software or service, and tighten your settings as you progress and are sure that it will have the desired results. Definition of whitelist: see

    10/18/2003 12:01:59