Mailing Lists are ways of communicating with other family historians who share the same interests as yourself. They can be very effective in helping you find information about a particular locality or family, but many of the people who use them have only just begun their research and may expect a lot. They need to be used with care!
Mailing Lists are a way of sending queries and replies by e-mail to a group of subscribers.
Four RootsWeb mailing lists relevant to our area are:- Gloucestershire, Bristol & Somerset, Bristol & District and Hawkesbury. If you subscribe to these, you will receive a regular posting of queries, together with replies, form list members. You can choose to receive postings either as they appear (e.g. as GLOUCESTER-L), or as a regular digest (e.g.as GLOUCESTER-D).
To join GLOUCESTER-L, send an e-mail to GLOUCESTER-Lemail@example.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join GLOUCESTER-D, do the same thing with GLOUCESTER-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org.
To join Bristol_and_Somerset-L, send an e-mail to Bristol_and_Somerset-Lemail@example.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join Bristol_and_District-D, do the same thing with Bristol_and_District-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org
To join Bristol_and_District-L, send an e-mail to Bristol_and_District-Lemail@example.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join Bristol_and_Somerset-D, do the same thing with Bristol_and_Somerset-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org
To join ENG-GLO-HAWKESBURY-L, send an e-mail to ENG-GLO-HAWKESBURY-Lemail@example.com with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join ENG-GLO-HAWKESBURY-D do the same thing with ENG-GLO-HAWKESBURY-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org.
There are over 22,000 RootsWeb mailing lists on different counties, areas and topics. They are listed at: http://lists.rootsweb.com/. You can also check for previous messages of any subject, by going to the archive of the messages sent to the RootsWeb mailing lists, which can be found at the same addresses.
Other mailing lists and bulletin boards exist. Please e-mail details to the webmaster so that they can be listed here.