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By Joan Young
As a family history researcher, you are faced with a dilemma. You post queries on mailing lists and message boards, and upload your family trees with the goals of making contact with cousins, sharing information, and receiving help with your brick walls but to accomplish your goals you must make yourself accessible so that others may contact you. However, this doesn't mean you want to find your way onto the mass mailing list of every scammer or spammer with foreign lottery schemes, phony inheritances, pills for sale, or worse.
You worry every time you post information online and include your e-mail address that you may be exposing your private e-mail account to address harvesters. Let's take a look at the measures employed by RootsWeb to protect you from falling prey to unscrupulous predators.
List archives may appear at first glance to be vulnerable to the "spiders" (spam bots) used by address harvesters to gather the thousands of valid e-mail addresses of unsuspecting list posters for resale to mass e-mailers. But what you see in the archives using your Web browser is not what a spider would see. Spiders view the raw source code which RootsWeb encrypts. To see how this is done, go to any message in the list archives and right click within the page to bring up a menu. Select "view source" from the menu to see the raw code. Note that wherever an e-mail address is included in a message or in the address headers it is encrypted. Addresses in the raw code look like this:
The above method isn't foolproof and harvesters could use means to decode the addresses. Since their goal is to quickly and easily grab as many valid addresses as possible they seldom bother with time consuming processes. For greater protection, RootsWeb uses additional methods to deter harvesters. Notice the word Flybait in the raw code. Flybait discourages harvesters by sending them worthless invalid e-mail addresses. This also helps to ensure they won't return.
Additionally, RootsWeb watches the traffic of spiders on their servers to see if any excessive activity is taking place. Keep in mind though that not all spiders are bad, you want Google to be able to spider the archives. Suspicious spiders can be blocked by RootsWeb while beneficial ones can be allowed to do their job.
If you view the boards from the RootsWeb side or interface, you may click on the username to view the profile information (if available) which includes poster e-mail addresses as images called degraded graphics. Since the images are not text, a spider is unable to read them as e-mail addresses.
Some posters choose to remain anonymous and can only be contacted privately via Ancestry's member contact feature. You must be an Ancestry subscriber to initiate the private contact although anyone may respond if contacted. With the private anonymous contact feature no e-mail addresses are exposed publicly.
In opening the backdoors of RootsWeb I hope the information we have shared helps to allay any fears you may have had in using RootsWeb resources, and serves to let you know that RootsWeb is taking every measure possible to protect you from unscrupulous address harvesters.
For additional information you can reference the Help articles below.
By Mary Harrell-Sesniak
How you capture information on the Web depends upon the method – and one of my favorites, is the Snipping Tool for taking screen shots of websites. After taking screen shots I can attach them to message board posts, send images of documents to my relatives, use them in the books I write, and I like to have the information saved so I don’t have to search again when I want to reference it.
Available in Windows Vista and all versions of Windows 7, the tool is located under Start > All Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool. Or search for it by pressing F3 and entering “Snipping Tool”.
I used Windows Vista to create a screen shot of WorldConnect. (I included the menu to demonstrate the process -- the final graphic only includes the portion within the red rectangle.)
Options for both versions include e-mailing or applying highlights. You can also add notes with a pen, using a variety of colors and pen shapes. And if you change your mind about additions, the eraser icon removes them. Windows 7 adds the ability to make free-form, window and full-screen snips.
If you are working with an earlier version of Windows here is a method you can use to take screen shots.
MacIntosh users may wish to explore these options for taking screen shots.
In Muscogee Co., GA, the family of Littleberry Kinnebrew Willis and his wife Nancy Motley Willis (my ancestors) consisted of fifteen children, most of whom had two given names. By the time I started doing genealogy, their children were long dead. But as a relative recounted the names, the one I found most interesting was the one whose married name came out to be "Aunt Lovie Duck". She was Lovinia Willis and had married David Duck. She moved to Louisiana and her descendants live in Quitman, La. today.
One day I was at a meeting here and the nametag of the woman helping at the desk identified her as Miss Duck. Being a good genealogist, I said, "You aren't by chance kin to the Ducks of Quitman, La. are you?" and of course she was a direct descendant, whose line had come back east and she to the Atlanta area. I was able to copy the letters her grandfather had written me in the 1960s about the family, from Louisiana. Small world and full circle.
Kenneth H. Thomas, Jr.
Sixty or so years ago, I was told that some of the middle names were the name of a child's Godparents. This was done so everyone would remember who would take what child if the parents died.
Thanks to David G. Richardson in Marietta, Georgia
We had a drought in our area a couple of years ago and I noticed in the cemetery that there were grave size brown spots in the grass where there were no stones. I'm sure these were forgotten graves. We noticed this right before the rains finally came so there wasn't much we could do about recording it. You can be sure if it happens again photos will be taken and the local historical society will try to plot these areas. We have a very old pioneer cemetery where it is rumored that the stones were moved around so it would be interesting to check and see if the same thing was true there.
Thanks to Sandra Howley
My grandfather, Jasper Everett Crabtree born 1894, was always called Jas while he was growing up. After marrying my grandmother and moving to a farm in a different county people would ask what his name was and his reply was the usual “Jas” (short for Jasper). They misunderstood and everyone in town, at church, at the grain elevator etc. began calling him Jess. When their first son was born they named him Jesse which more cemented the idea in everyone’s head that his name must also be Jesse or Jess for short. My grandparents eventually turned over their farm to son Jesse and they built a house down the road for their retirement. It always confused me as a visiting granddaughter because one mailbox (for their son) said Jesse Crabtree Jr. and the other Jesse Crabtree Sr. How could this be if grandpa’s name was Jasper?
To confuse me even more my grandparents named my mother Margie … not Marjorie, not Margaret, but Margie. For some reason her father (Jasper) started calling her Peg or Peggy and the name stuck with the rest of her family. When she went to school of course they called her Margie. She married my father who was a classmate and he called her Peg but all of his brothers and sisters went to the same school and they called her Margie. Growing up, one side of the family called her one name and the other side called her another. I was really a confused child. When my mother gave birth to her three children she gave us names that could not be shortened or changed somehow ... Karen, Gary and Brenda!
Thanks to Karen Reish VerWayne
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ALABAMA, Madison County. Lee High School 1976 alumni, 194 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
CALIFORNIA, Kern County. 2007 Obituaries Jan-March Bakersfield Californian 1382 records; Sharon Dulcich
CALIFORNIA, Kern County. 2008 Obituaries index Bakersfield Californian newspaper 5123 records; Sharon Dulcich
CONNECTICUT, New Haven County. Yale University 12 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
NEW JERSEY, Middlesex County. Rutgers College 1853 43 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
NEW YORK, Orange County. US Military Academy 1855 68 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
PENNSYLVANIA, Allegheny County. Westinghouse High School 1927 Alumni News
224 records; Mary T Jones
PENNSYLVANIA, Montgomery County. Pottstown 41 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia (Independent City) County. alumni lists 8 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
VIRGINIA, Albemarle County. 1855 Alumni University of Virginia, Partial listing 22 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
VIRGINIA, Hanover County. 1915 Ashland High School Alumni 55 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
VIRGINIA, Hanover County. Ashland Graded School, 1916 Alumni 18 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
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VIRGINIA, King George County. King George, VA 1890 alumni 16 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
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VIRGINIA, Stafford County. Falmouth 1894 alumni, honor roll 13 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
VIRGINIA, Stafford County. School No.11 Hartwood District, Garrisonville Graded, 1915 Honor Roll 44 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
VIRGINIA, Westmoreland County. Westmoreland Seminary 1832 Alumni, Honor Roll 16 records; Paula Lucy Delosh
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This is a picture of my great grandfather Robert P. Scott and his violin. He was born in 1835 in Pennsylvania and died in Alexandria, Missouri in 1888. Grandmother said that he was a "fiddler". I have his violin.
Thanks to to Lallie Wetzig in Columbus, Ohio
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I was researching the Trotter family and came across the name Enough Mary Trotter. Can only assume that the mother decided Enough is Enough! Wonder whether she called herself Mary, imagine having to explain the name Enough.
Thanks to Elaine Berry in Mandurah, Western Australia
Years ago, when I worked at a bank doing student loans, I came upon this one: Useless Love. What was mom thinking?
Thanks to Virginia
My mother's family had many odd names. Her maiden name was Icy Mae Page. Four of her six brothers were named Harvie, Arzie, Armal Zeinie and Radie. Her mother's maiden name was Azlee Sylvania Underwood, who also had siblings with odd (to me at least)names, such a Emroe (twin brother of Monroe)and Fernia just to name a couple of them.
Thanks to Verlin Rogers
As a kid my grandfather told stories about his name that I wasn't sure I remembered it right until I researched my Family Tree. I was eight when he died in 1949 but I have memories of him explaining what his middle name was and since we had the same initials I was glad he didn't name my father as a Junior and me as Caleb Elizabeth Chambers III. Johnny Cash would have a time with a "Boy Named Elizabeth". Well I confirmed my memory of Elizabeth when I found my grandfather's WW I & WW II registrations as Caleb Elizabeth Chambers. His story was his parents had 3 "Dirty Boys" so they knew a girl was coming, hence the name they stuck to and he had to live with 72 years. Not sure why Uncle Sam didn't take him, or if he really was deferred for being a farmer, or age and or a Pennsylvania Quaker.
Thanks to Charles Edwin Chambers, Jr.
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