10 August 2011, Vol. 14, No. 8
Table of Contents
Using RootsWeb
Genealogy Tip
Bottomless Mailbag:
Readers Write In
What’s New: Databases, Hosted Sites, and Mailing Lists
Volunteer Opportunities
The Darkroom
You Found It
Subscriptions, Submissions, and Reprints

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Using RootsWeb
By Joan Young

Finding Our Roots Together with Mailing Lists
It's summer where I live. The pool parties, picnics, and backyard barbeques are in full swing. Everyone brings some food or beverages to help the host with the party. This reminds me of the way RootsWeb has functioned from its inception. RootsWeb is the host and supplies the Web space, programs, databases, search engines, and forums. We supply our tools, knowledge, and resources (books, family Bibles, obituaries, family trees). RootsWeb's current slogan "Finding our roots together" is about the part we (the researchers) bring to the party. Our ultimate goal is to share with others, find cousins, learn new information, and break down walls.

While all features at RootsWeb assist the researcher in some manner, one of the oldest resources, and long among my favorites, are the mailing lists. Recently, a variety of factors has resulted in some of the mailing lists seeing reduced activity. The biggest hurdle for mailing lists over the past few months has been spam and the resulting filtering necessary on RootsWeb's end to protect the servers from the heavy onslaught of spam that must be blocked. Additionally, spam filtering on the receiving end sometimes results in subscribers being unintentionally removed from their lists. These factors have caused some list members to question whether or not lists are still a viable resource.

RootsWeb has recently adjusted its spam filtering tools which should make it easier for list subscribers to get back in the action and not have their legitimate posts blocked in error. Start by checking your current list subscriptions now at My Account, or you can always request a list of your current subscriptions from Password Central. Checking on your subscriptions will ensure that you have not been unsubscribed from any of your favorites. If you've been unsubscribed now is the perfect time to find those lists and resubscribe. While you are checking on your list it is a good time to update brick wall queries, post data you gathered, and stir the pot a little to get fresh discussions started. Others are certain to chime in.

Specialized locality, surname, and topic lists are where you will find a dedicated core group of experts in the subject of the lists. These valuable volunteers don't want to miss a beat when it comes to a specific specialty whether it is a locality, surname, occupation, or religion (topics). Researchers most familiar with the subject matter of your queries, and the most likely to have the answers to breaking down your brick walls, are here on the mailing lists. Need to have a German language document translated or find the city ward for a street address? Locality lists are where you need to be (USA and International)! Have a question about woodworker ancestors? Occupation topic lists may have information you want. Your ancestors were Quakers? There is a religion topic list just for you. If your ancestors moved from place to place or you are having difficulty sorting out one John ROBINSON from another and fitting your John into the correct ROBINSON line, the ROBINSON surname list is your best option. Start here to search or browse the index of all lists.

You may subscribe to lists in either "list/mail" mode or "digest" mode. When you send your subscription request, the confirmation link you receive and respond to allows you to choose which mode you prefer. If a list is a very active one or you don't care to receive individual e-mails, choose digest mode so that you will only receive one email, sometimes two, detailing the daily list activity. If you prefer to receive each list post as an individual e-mail as soon as it is sent, choose "list" mode.

Many lists are "gatewayed" to an allied message board. It is a one-way gateway in which the board posts are automatically copied to the list, but board posters won't see replies posted exclusively to the list unless they are subscribed (many are not). You can identify gatewayed posts because they have a sender address of gc-gateway@rootsweb.com. This address is not a valid e-mail contact address for sending a reply. When you see a gateway post and want to reply, click the link included in the message which will take you to the message board. Your reply on the board will then be automatically posted to the list.

You can unsubscribe from a mailing list at any time by following the instructions included at the foot of every list message. RootsWeb mailing lists, like every RootsWeb resource, are entirely free. Lists require free subscriptions to guard against non-subscriber spam and malware. List messages are plain text and do not allow attachments for the same reasons. List administrators set a message size limit to ensure you won't be receiving the equivalent of War and Peace in your inbox in the form of list posts.

It's time for you to come to the party. Instead of your grandma’s famous potato salad, bring along your queries, data, and discussion topics. Before long, you will find we will all be once again "finding our roots together."
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Genealogy Tip
By Mary Harrell-Sesniak
"Genealogy is not just a pastime; it's a passion."

Translating Latin Genealogical Terms
Researchers typically tremble at the thought of navigating foreign languages — but unless you encounter a different alphabet, such as Cyrillic, you don't require a language background to read documents.

Just use a dictionary or translation service, as I do while I research my Sesniak ancestry. Google translate has been of particular use for early Polish records, which are mostly recorded in Latin. I also familiarize myself with obvious terms, such as the ones found in the Family History Library Films 1959125 and 1959126. With a little practice, I learned to read words, such as nomen (name), patrini (sponsor) and testes (witnesses).
Death Record
Marriage Record
Common Latin Terminology
Ætas Greater Age
Anno Domini In the year of the Lord
Baptisatus Baptized
Conditio Condition, circumstances
Dies Mortis Death date
Dies Vitae Days of life (age)
Filia, Filius Daughter of, son of
Gemelli Twins
Maritus Husband
Mas, Femina Male, female
Mensis Month (Ianuarius, Februarius, Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Iunius, Iulius, Augustus, September, October, November, December)
Morbus et Qualitas Mortis Quality of death and disease (ex. ordinaria - ordinary)
Mortem, Mortui Death, dead
Nomen Name
Natus, Natae Born (indicates a maiden name)
Numerus Domus
(abbreviated Nrus Domus)
House number
Parentes Parents
Patrini Sponsor
Religio, Catholica, Aut Alia Religion, Catholic, or other
Sexus, Puer, Puella Sex, boy, girl
Sponsus / Sponsa Bridegroom, Bride
Testes Witnesses
Another challenge to researchers are archaic terms, such as uxor (wife) and variola (smallpox), easily converted using a lexicon of modern equivalents.
Latin Genealogical Word List (Familysearch.org Wiki)
Randy Jones' Dictionary of Genealogy & Archaic Terms
Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms
To learn more about foreign terms consider subscribing to a RootsWeb mailing list. From RootsWeb's Main Menu, select, Mailing Lists > Find a mailing list > Enter language (e.g., Latin).

See also these RootsWeb user contributed pages:

Latin Genealogical and Legal Terms
Latin Terms
Latin Terms, Months, Days of the Week

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Bottomless Mailbag: Readers Write In
Benefits of Having Family Close By
When looking for an ancestor in the US census, if you find a name you are researching make sure to look at every other name on that page. Families often lived in clusters. Parents and siblings often lived next door or across the street.

Thanks to JW Rettig, Cincinnati

Help from Beyond
In searching for more relatives for a friend who had just located her birth family, I came across a genealogist's dream site. A now-deceased funeral director in our city had listed all the deaths and mortician's records he could find for the county and beyond. His gracious family has maintained the website. I found over one hundred relatives for my friend at: Browning Genealogy: Evansville Area Obituary Search.

Thanks to Shirley Kelley

Have a story, question, genealogy resource, or tip you’d like to share with RootsWeb Review readers? Send it to Editor-RWR@rootsweb.com.

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the editor or of RootsWeb.com.
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What’s New: Databases, Hosted Sites, and Mailing Lists
New User-contributed Databases at RootsWeb
VIRGINIA, Spotsylvania County. Alumni lists
84 records; Paula Lucy Delosh

Submit Your Genealogical Data to a RootsWeb Database.

New/Updated Freepages by Individuals
OUR MATERNAL AND PATERNAL ANCESTORS: 380 YEARS OF HISTORY IN AMERICA. Features three separate family sub-sites as follows: (1) DELLINGER, KNECHT, PFEFFER, SILAR and allied families; (2) BOZARTH, PEIFFER, QUIGLEY, RHUBART and allied families; (3) MORELAND, MCVICKER, PINNELL, SCRUGGS and allied families.

Request a Free Website Account.

New/Updated Websites for Counties, States, and Historical Societies
DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution
AGHP = American History and Genealogy Project

  • alnbcdar — Needham Bryan Chapter DAR
  • azcocotp — Coconino County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azgrahtp — Graham County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azgreetp — Greenlee County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azlapatp — La Paz County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azmohatp — Mohave County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azpimatp — Pima County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azrwgw — Azores World GenWeb Project
  • azyavatp — Yavapai County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • azyumatp — Yuma County (AZ) Trails to the Past
  • engfc — England FreeCEN Project
  • gaahgp — Georgia American History and Genealogy Project
  • gabaldw2 — Baldwin County (GA) AHGP
  • gameriw2 — Meriwether County (GA) AHGP
  • ilsg — Illinois Saving Graves
  • iltazetp — Tazewell County (IL) Trails to the Past
  • kschashp — Chase County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kschauhp — Chautauqua County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • ksmonthp — Montgomery County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • ksmorrhp — Morris County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kswabahp — Wabaunsee County Kansas History and Heritage Project
  • kyaagg — African-American Genealogy Group of Kentucky
  • mipasch — Pittsford Area (MI) Schools and Community Histories
  • moknox2 — Knox County (MO) USGenWeb
  • njpcjs — Princeton Company (NJ) Jamestowne Society
  • nynycjs — New York Company (NY) Jamestowne Society
  • nystgs — Southern Tier (NY) Genealogical Society
  • paallent — Allegheny County (PA) Newspaper Transcriptions
  • tnhickm2 — Hickman County (TN) ALHN
  • tnmaury2 — Maury County (TN) ALHN
  • tnwcha — Washington County (TN) Historical Association
Some of these Web pages might not be accessible yet. They are created by volunteers, so if one that interests you isn’t up yet, please check again in a few days or next week.

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Mailing Lists
New Surname Mailing Lists
New Regional Mailing Lists
New Ethnic or Special Interest Mailing Lists
    A mailing list for the discussion of the genealogy, history, and culture of Germans in Virginia from Territorial times to the present.
To find or subscribe to a mailing list, or to search archived posts to more than 30,000 RootsWeb-hosted genealogy mailing lists, go here.

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Volunteer Opportunities
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Check this section to learn more about some of our hosted projects and other projects you can participate in.

The World Archives Project is helping to keep the world’s stories alive. You can too by typing information from historical records into searchable online collections that are available to the public for free. Learn more.

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If you know of genealogically-related volunteer opportunities please email Editor-RWR@rootsweb.com.

The Darkroom
This is a picture of my great-grandfather Cash J. Conner, great-grandmother Catherine E. Duffy Conner and my grandfather Arthur B. Conner. It was taken approx. 1893-1894 — probably before they moved from Denver, Colorado to Los Angeles, California for Catherine's TB. She died in 1898. Cash was a charming, selfish con man who liked to gamble and moved his family around a lot, one step ahead of the law and angry dupes. Grandfather Arthur said that one day they would be living like kings and the next hopping a freight train skedadling out of town ahead of the sheriff. After his mother's death, Arthur was sent to his godparents, the Arthur Gauthier's, who enrolled him in boarding school as he was a handful after all the turmoil in his life. Cash pulled him out a few years later and put him to work painting at an early age, just before he became a teenager.

Thanks to J. Conner Cotter

For a chance to see your ancestor’s photo in the RootsWeb Review, send it to Editor-RWR@rootsweb.com. Make sure to include your name and a brief description of the photograph.

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You Found It
The Key to True Love
My father, Robert Key, married Earldine Locke. Family joke: the key married the lock.

Thanks to Pam Mascher, Eagle Rock, Missouri

My husband, Quint Quintus Quigley (1914-2002), was always told he was named for a famous ancestor. When I researched his genealogy I found his great-grandfather was Quintus Quincy Quigley (1828-1910). At least they had the initials right.

Thanks to Frances Persons Quigley

Found a funny name or humorous tidbit in old records, or an amusing entry in census, parish, church, or other records? Send these and other genealogy-related humor/humour items to
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