"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 27 Apr 2000

"RootsWeb’s World Connect Project"

One of the newest methods to exchange genealogical information is the RootsWeb “World Connect Project” at: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/ which will “connect the family trees of everyone in the world.”

There is no charge to search, view or submit any information in this project, which began in Oct. 1999 and currently contains, over 27 million names!

I will be the first person to admit that I have been extremely reluctant to share my GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunications) files with other “for pay” databases and CD-ROM project. RootsWeb is the first project that allows you to have full control over your GEDCOM files and family tree research. My material is safe because no one can download my research and sell it.

Last weekend, I decided that I would place my family tree information into the World Connect Project. Since I loaded my files, I have had an average of 10 to 12 e-mails per day from individuals seeking or wanting to share information on my family!

If you would like to visit my World Connect Project website and see how it is set-up, please go to: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=friday. Also when I place queries on other websites, I can now leave this URL to direct other researchers who are interested in more detailed information.

The World Connect Project allows you to upload, modify, link, and display your family tree as a means to share it with other researchers. Most importantly, unlike with certain other “for pay” Web sites, RootsWeb allows you to have full control over your GEDCOM and family tree research material. You can change or remove it completely at any time and RootsWeb will never burn it onto a CD-ROM or charge others to access it.

The other big plus for the World Connect Project is “Post-Em Note©” which allows you to leave messages for other researchers. The Post-Em Note© is an option on each of the 27 million individuals who are listed in the project. So, even if you do not submit your family tree information to the project, you can search for your family members and leave messages to other researchers!

RootsWeb is free, however, it is supported by voluntary donations from its users. I have been a member for several years. If you do not have access to the internet or a computer at home, remember to visit your local library and ask the staff to help you pull up the RootsWeb to begin searching for your family members listed in the World Connect Project.

Book Review

Gott, Nila J. I Will Soon Be of the Past: A Book On Preserving Your Heritage. Tenney-Gott Publishing, Feb 2000, 76 pages, 4848 Amblebrook Way, Sacramento, CA 95823, e-mail: ngott@neteze.com or telephone (916) 393-5542.

I really enjoyed the way this book is written, especially the section entitled “What Makes a Keepsake.” Most importantly this book is easy to read and creative in helping you to preserve your family’s history.

Other sections include: Preserving Your Heritage; Contacting Your Relatives; Searching for Your Ancestors; Putting the Pieces Together; Forms; and, Guide to Books and Other.

Gott’s book will help you to explore your family history, whether it goes back to the Mayflower or the turn of the century. Your family tree can be both fun and rewarding and this book will help. In my opinion, it is a KEEPER. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in remembering the past and preserving it for their children and future family members.

Dyer Family Reunion

The Dyer Family 2000 Reunion will take place on Saturday, June 17th at 1605 Yokley Road, Rockdale, Milam Co., Texas. For more information, contact: Christine Ozuna, 3010 Greenwood, Victoria, Texas 77901, e-mail: dcoz@tisd.net or telephone (361) 576-5303.

Medical Terms for Genealogists

The “Medical terms for Genealogists” is an excellent reference website at: http://www.gpiag-asthma.org/drpsmith/amt1.htm and it provides a list of medical terms commonly misused or confused. Peter Smith, M.D. who is a General Practitioner in Southport, England, created this list. An example of one of the many terms included on the website is: “Typhoid Fever - An infectious fever caused by contamination of food or water either directly by sewage or indirectly by flies or poor personal hygiene.”

Dr. Smith is a genealogist and all of his lines are in the United Kingdom. He also relates that if a definition is not included, it “doesn't mean that I don't the answer. Rather, it means that no one has asked me before.”

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/2670/ COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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