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This is the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list for the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS Mailing List. It should answer most of your questions about the list. However, if you have any questions that are not addressed here, please send them to me at <srh@tyaskin.com>. Please put "LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS List Question" in the subject line.



Table of Contents:

1. What is the purpose of the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS mailing list?

2. Subscriptions to the list

3. Who is the list administrator? What does she get paid for this position? What are her "Rules of The List"?

4. Using the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS mailing list

5. Surfing the web

6. Are there other mailing lists I can join?




1.0 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS MAILING LIST?
The purpose of the Lower Delmarva Area Discussion List (LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS) is to band together those genealogists (amateur and professional) whose research is in the Lower Delmarva area (Sussex and Kent Counties in Delaware; Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset Counties in Maryland; and Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia), so that we can share experiences, examine sources, give advice, and make suggestions in hopes of finding the information we seek about our ancestors. The primary focus of this list will remain on genealogy, that is, the search for ancestors, rather than for living people.

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2.0 SUBSCRIBING TO THE LIST
This section covers how to join and leave the list and some background information.

2.1 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN THE LIST?

Like most mailing lists on the internet, joining and participating in LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS is free. The folks at RootsWeb provide this and many other mailing lists at no charge.

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2.2 HOW DO I SUBSCRIBE?

2.2.1. SUBSCRIPTION FORM
Use this handy form to subscribe to the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS list, either in "List Mode" or "Digest Mode":

Subscribe to the Lower Delmarva Roots List

Name:

Email Address:

Please choose either MAIL mode (each post received separately) or DIGEST mode (a group of posts packaged up and sent as one message):


   mail digest 

2.2.2. SUBSCRIBING VIA E-MAIL

This mailing list is now managed by MailMan software through RootsWeb.

To subscribe, send a new email (not a reply) to:

LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-request@rootsweb.com

and put *only* the one word

  • SUBSCRIBE

    in BOTH the subject AND the body of the message.

    Every mail client is different, but your message should look something like this:



    To: LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-request@rootsweb.com

    Subject: SUBSCRIBE

    SUBSCRIBE




    Be sure not to put anything after that one word. If your mailer automatically includes a "signature", be sure to turn it off or delete it before you send the message.

    If you find you can't handle the number of messages sent by the list, you may want to consider switching to the Digest version of the list.

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    2.3 HOW DO I UNSUBSCRIBE?


    To UNsubscribe, send a new mail (not a reply) to:

    LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-request@rootsweb.com

    This email should have *only* the one word

  • UNSUBSCRIBE

    in BOTH the subject AND the body of message.

    Every mail client is different, but your message should look something like this:



    To: LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-request@rootsweb.com

    Subject: UNSUBSCRIBE

    UNSUBSCRIBE



    Be sure not to put anything after that one word. If your mailer automatically includes a "signature", be sure to turn it off or delete it before you send the message.

    NOTE: Please be sure you use the correct address. Do NOT send unsubscribe messages to the list's posting address.

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    2.4 CAN I SUBSCRIBE IN A DIGEST MODE?


    If you are currently subscribed to the non-digest version (list mode) of the list, first UNsubscribe then REsubscribe to the digest version.

    To subscribe in DIGEST mode, send mail to:

    LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D-request@rootsweb.com

    and put just the one word

  • SUBSCRIBE

    in the subject AND in the body of message.

    Every mail client is different, but your message should look something like this:



    To: LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D-request@rootsweb.com

    Subject: SUBSCRIBE

    SUBSCRIBE



    Be sure not to put anything after that one word. If your mailer automatically includes a "signature", be sure to turn it off or delete it before you send the message.

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    2.5 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIGEST MODE AND THE NORMAL (INDIVIDUAL) MODE?


    Both LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS (individual mode) and LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D (digest mode) are the same in terms of the messages they contain. The only difference is the way they are distributed to you.

    If you subscribe to LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS individual mode, for every message someone sends to the group, you get a separate message.

    However, if you subscribe to LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D digest mode, a number of messages are bundled up and put into one digest message before it is sent to you. Some people prefer this way because it cuts down on the number of messages they get in their inbox.

    It really just comes down to a matter of personal preference -- just pick one.

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    2.6 I'M CURRENTLY SUBSCRIBED. HOW DO I CONVERT TO DIGEST MODE?


    If you are currently subscribed to the non-digest version of the list, first unsubscribe from LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS and then subscribe to the digest version (LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D).

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    3.0 WHO IS THE LIST ADMINISTRATOR? WHAT DOES SHE GET PAID FOR THIS POSITION? WHAT ARE HER "RULES OF THE LIST"?


    My name is Shari Handley, and I am the list administrator for LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS. Send me mail if you have completely read this FAQ and still have problems. My email address is srh@tyaskin.com.

    Like most other list admins, I support LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS with my own time and effort. There is no pay involved with being a list administrator. The rewards are not monetary - they are in the satisfaction of helping other DelMarVa genealogists and in the hope that I'll be able to advance some of my own lines in the process while making some new friends.

    There are really very few rules involved in becoming and remaining a subscriber to this list. The main rule is that all list members remain pleasant with each other. That is, no "flames", or notes with a mean or angry tone, will be tolerated on the list at all. If you are unhappy about something another listmember has posted, please contact the list administrator (me) with your concerns. I ask that you do not send your complaint directly to the listmember or to the list itself. Also, if it comes to my attention that one list member is sending "flames", harassing, threatening or vulgar messages to another, either on the list or off of it, the offending member will be unsubscribed and blocked from posting or subscribing to the list.

    The only other request I have is that posts to the lists must be pertaining to some aspect of DelMarVa genealogy. I realize that, occasionally, someone may wish to post a message which is not technically on-topic, but for some reason has particular importance to the list. Please clear these with the list administrator before posting. Short, *one-time* commercial messages advertising services or products are allowed if they are of particular interest to the group. But please, no email spamming. And finally, searches for living persons are not allowed. Now, I know that cases come up in which someone may be looking for someone who has or might have specific genealogical information or records (for example, a family Bible that mentions your ancestor), or you may wish to post a message looking for living descendants of an ancestor for the purpose of exchanging information, and this will be allowed.

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    4.0 USING THE LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS MAILING LIST


    4.1 HOW DO I POST TO THE LIST?


    Mail sent to LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS@rootsweb.com is delivered to all LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS individual mode and LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS-D digest mode subscribers, if the sender is also a current subscriber.

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    4.2 HOW DO I SEND A QUERY?


    You first need to be subscribed to the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS mailing list. Then, you may send mail to the list using the address LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS@rootsweb.com, making sure you have a reasonable subject line (e.g. "Julian MEZICK, Somerset Co., MD") and provide enough information that someone can be of help. Be sure to include your return email address and your real name. Some mailers don't properly display a return email address, so this is very important. Also including your REAL NAME is just a nice thing to do. No one likes chatting with someone known only as "71234.987@compuserve.com" or (Heaven help us) "StudMuffin@aol.com".

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    4.3 WHEN SHOULD I REPLY TO THE ENTIRE MAILING LIST AND WHEN SHOULD I REPLY ONLY TO THE INDIVIDUAL?


    There are no hard and fast rules, but generally speaking, if you think your reply would be of help to someone else on the list, then post it to the entire list. Otherwise, just send it to the original person. In general, though, most LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS subscribers seem to like to discuss subjects having to do with DelMarVa genealogy, even if it doesn't specifically involve their own lines, so it is usually preferred to post to the list.

    If you pose a question and get quite a lot of feedback, you may want to send a message to the list with a summary of the information.

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    4.4 WHAT CAN/SHOULD I SEND TO THE LIST?


    Anything that is related to genealogy *and* the Delmarva Peninsula is fair game. NOTE: Short one-time commercial messages advertising services or products are allowed if they are of particular interest to the group. But please, no email spamming. Searches for living persons are not allowed.

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    4.5 HOW DO I GET THE MORE RECENT VERSION OF THE FAQ?


    Visit the URL - http://www.tyaskin.com/handley/ldrfaq.htm

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    4.6 HOW DO I SEARCH THE LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS MESSAGE ARCHIVES?


    All the email messages that have been posted to the LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS list since its transition to rootsweb.com (June 1997) are available for review at the Rootsweb Mailing List Interactive Search site. To go directly to the Lower DelMarVa Roots list's search page, click on this link or paste the address into your browser:

    http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/search?path=LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS

    Alternatively, you can also browse the LDRoots threaded list archives here: http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/index/LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS/.

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    5.0 SURFING THE WEB


    5.1 WHERE IS THE OFFICIAL LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS WEB PAGE?

    There is no official web page dedicated solely to this mailing list. There are many very good web pages devoted to various aspects of Delmarva area genealogy, however, which are not necessarily connected with the mailing list.

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    5.2 ARE THERE ANY OTHER LOWER-DELMARVA-ROOTS AREA GENEALOGY-RELATED WEB SITES?



    The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society maintains a web site at:

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ldgs/

    Specifically, I urge you to take a look at the LINKS page on this site. There you will find a very good, comprehensive list of web sites for the entire Delmarva area. The URL for the LINKS page of the LDGS site is:

    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ldgs/links.htm

    Among the links found here will be hyperlinks to USGenWeb Project sites for each county in the Delmarva area, which spans portions of 3 states. I strongly urge you to visit the USGenWeb sites for these counties, and to volunteer your time and/or expertise is assisting the County Coordinators in their efforts to make source records and other data available online for free access by genealogy folks like you.

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    6.0 ARE THERE OTHER MAILING LISTS I CAN JOIN?


    There are an incredible number of genealogy-related mailing lists on the internet. The best places to start looking include:

  • http://www.cyndislist.com/mailing-lists/ - For a general directory of genealogy mailing lists, Cyndi's List is your best bet.

  • Cyndi's List also has a directory of Delaware mailing lists at http://www.cyndislist.com/us/de/mailing-lists/.

  • The MDGenWeb has a list of Maryland-centered genealogy mailing lists, along with links to subscribe to them and search them, located at http://www.mdgenweb.org/lists.htm.

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