Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Genealogy Blog Party - Thankful

The theme for the Genealogy Blog Party this month is thankful. The genealogy resource I'm thankful for today is mailing lists. One of the things I love most about the genealogy community is how much we help each other out, how often random strangers will come upon a request for help, drop what they're doing, and jump in with both feet to help someone find the answers and info they're looking for. I see this all the time in the mailing lists I've been on. Here are some examples.

The DNA-Newbie mailing list is where I turned for help when I first got into genetic genealogy five years ago. I met awesome people like CeCe Moore who answered my questions, pointed me to books and other resources, and helped me understand what I was looking at with all these test results.

The Alsace-Lorraine mailing list helped me find one of the most amazing websites out there, with literally hundreds of years of documents of my German/French ancestors from this part of Europe. Below are some of the ancestors I was able to find with these records.

The German Bohemia mailing list has some of the nicest, most helpful people on the planet. They answered my questions, dug into social and political history to explain obscure words, and helped me decipher the difficult German script, an example of which is below.
The Quebec genealogy mailing list helped me identify where in Quebec my French-Canadians were from, and helped me learn to navigate the French-Canadian records on Ancestry and other sites. Their help was crucial in solving a DNA problem I had with my French-Canadian ancestors, and finding the info would have taken much, much more time without their help.
The German-Volhynia-Poland mailing list helped me find records of my Germans in Russia, which led to one of the biggest brick wall busts in my genealogy career so far. I never would have guessed to look in church records written in Polish, kept by the Russian government, to look for my German ancestors without their expertise.
I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones that come to mind right away. I am a firm believer in the power of mailing lists, so if you are stuck on a line or an ancestor, find a mailing list that covers your topic. There may be someone with the answers you need just waiting to help! 


genealogylizgauffreau said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm new to the genealogy game, and I'm not familiar with mailing lists. On a hunch, I thought I might be able to find a list on Cyndi's List--and sure enough, there they are. I'll definitely spend some time checking out what she's found. Thanks again for the suggestion!

Alice Keesey Mecoy said...

I love how helpful the Genealogy community is. Mailing lists are another way to reach out and get help, ideas, and encouragement. Thank you for sharing.

Alice Keesey Mecoy

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I forget about mailing lists. Thanks for the reminder.

Marian B. Wood said...

Enjoyed your post. I'm on only a couple of mailing lists, but your post reminded me to go take a look for even more lists that might relate to ancestors I've only recently uncovered. Thank you! And happy Thanksgiving.

ScotSue said...

Iin my early days of serious FH research I posted queries with relevant FH society magazines, and then later in the 1990’s on various mailing lists available on the internet - with responses slow to non-existent. I must admit since then, like Lisa, I forgot all about them, so thank you for highlighting they can be worth looking at as a source of information.

Linda Stufflebean said...

I used mailing lists when they first began in the 1990s, but had pretty much forgotten about them until your reminder. I will have to check them out again. Thanks!