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From: Cyndi Howells <>
Subject: December 29, 1998 through February 3, 1999
Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 01:36:36 -0800
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December 29, 1998 through February 3, 1999
Hi all -
I've been away from my regular e-mail for quite some time. January
was quite a fun, but hectic month. I was honored to be included as
one of the teachers for the UGA Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. I
had a wonderful time, partnering with Alan Mann, and teaching a
terrific group of 30 people. The classes ran for four days, so we
all had time to get to know one another very well. I also learned a
lot more about using Netscape for e-mail. At the end of that week,
I also participated as one of the speakers for GENTECH. I enjoyed
seeing and meeting hundreds of online friends that weekend. Mark
and Evan also had a great time that week, although both ended up
with colds while we were there.
I had hoped to keep up more with e-mail during the trip, but
instead found some time to do a bit of research myself. Spending
time in the Salt Lake Family History Library was heaven!! On the
last day of our trip I ended up with a bad case of food poisoning.
I was sick for more than 24 hours, well into our train trip back
home. After getting over that, I picked up Mark's cold. So, once
we got home we were pretty much useless for any normal activities
for more than a week. Thus, my long silence with all of you.
Now that I'm back and my cold is much better (just a cough hanging
around now), I will be getting back into my normal routine. You'll
see many updates in the days to come. Thanks so much for your patience.
Just two days past my goal (New Years), I broke the 40,000 mark for
total number of links on the site. I'm quite proud of this number
for several reasons, including these:
1. Each link was personally verified by me prior to adding it to
2. Each link is relevant to genealogical research - online and
Many people have asked me about a broken link on my Ships page. I'm
sorry to let you know that this page has been taken offline:
Early Philadelphia Ship Lists Home Page
The contents of that page are being added to a new project at
RootsWeb, called the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild which is
I added a new category page titled "Kids & Teens" at:
These links were previously found on my "How To" category page. I
have had many requests for links to resources of this type,
particularly from teachers. More and more schools are coordinating
genealogy projects for their students these days. This is
particularly close to my heart because this is how I was originally
"infected" with the genealogy bug more than 18 years ago at
Puyallup High School. Thank you Mr. Esau!
The newest feature on the site was inspired by a request from Alan
Mann, head of the computer department for the LDS Family History
Library. Alan said he would love to see the number of links for
each category displayed on the main index page. His wish was my
command. When I came home from Salt Lake, I set up the code to have
this done automatically each night, and the programmers at Sierra
helped me get this online that day. You'll notice that the main
index page now has a set of numbers, within parenthesis, following
each link to a category page. This number represents the current
total number of links for that category. Thanks to Alan for the
inspiration and to Boon at Sierra for helping me to implement the idea!
~~Most memorable site(s) I visited recently:
History & Use of Land Records
AMREV-HESSIANS Mailing List
For anyone with a genealogical interest in the Hessian soldiers
(German auxiliary troops employed by King George III of England)
who remained in America after the American Revolution
WORLD WAR II & KOREAN WAR
Graves and Monuments
This month's free historic database from Sierra Online features the
names of veterans who fought in World War II or the Korean War, and
were either buried overseas, commemorated by a monument, or
reported Missing In Action.
Brief summary of link activity for Cyndi's List over the last week:
December 30, 1998 Site Summary:
* New Links:116
* Updated Links:273
* Removed Links:70
* Total Links:39430
December 31, 1998 Site Summary:
* New Links:347
* Updated Links:5
* Removed Links:8
* Total Links:39769
January 1, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:720
* Updated Links:13
* Removed Links:19
* Total Links:40149
January 2, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:65
* Updated Links:6
* Removed Links:49
* Total Links:40163
January 3, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:10
* Updated Links:2
* Removed Links:2
* Total Links:40171
January 5, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:0
* Updated Links:10
* Removed Links:5
* Total Links:40025
January 6, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:11
* Updated Links:92
* Removed Links:18
* Total Links:40165
January 28, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:1
* Updated Links:12
* Removed Links:2
* Total Links:40164
January 29, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:2
* Updated Links:0
* Removed Links:18
* Total Links:40148
January 30, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:4
* Updated Links:36
* Removed Links:11
* Total Links:40137
February 2, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:18
* Updated Links:132
* Removed Links:18
* Total Links:40135
I just finished a huge project - a new book. The printed version of
Cyndi's List will be coming out soon. Look on my web site for the
announcements and availability.
I will be a guest on Sierra Chat next week:
February 10, 1999, 5 pm to 6 pm PST:
SierraHome Generations Chat - "Net Your Ancestors"
I will be the guest speaker at the following seminar week after next:
February 20, 1999, all day:
Arizona Genealogical Computer Interest Group
P. O. Box 51498
Phoenix, Arizona 85076-1498
Location for seminar:
Sheraton Mesa Hotel
200 N. Centennial Way
Mesa, Arizona 85201
Contact Jeannie Rogers at
ABOUT UPDATES TO THE SITE:
I have thousands of requests for links backed up in my
mailbox right now. I'm working through 100-200 messages
each day. I promise I will get to everyone as soon as
humanly possible. In the meantime, my priorities are to
correct broken links first, followed by improvements to the
list and additions of new links. Please do NOT send me
repetitive requests for links to your web site. This only delays
things longer because it keeps me sorting through the daily
e-mail instead of working on the links.
~~I add approx. 1,000 new links per month.
~~I correct approx. 500 broken links per month.
~~There are almost 7,000 subscribers to this mailing list.
~~There are more than 47,000 visitors to the web site each day.
~~I receive more than 200 e-mail messages each day.
~~There really is only ONE of me!
NEW CATEGORIES ADDED RECENTLY:
Handwriting & Script
Kids & Teens
Medical, Medicine, Genetics
Microfilm & Microfiche
Obituaries (split off of the Cemeteries page)
Oral History & Interviews
Prisons, Prisoners & Outlaws
Societies & Groups - General Societies & Groups
Ethnic & Religious Organizations
General Resource Sites
Travel & Research
Unique Peoples & Cultures
U.S. - History
Wills & Probate
1. A new FAQ page to answer many of the repetitive
questions and cut down on my incoming e-mail:
2. This mailing list, also in the hope of cutting down on
incoming e-mail by keeping everyone posted on what I'm
up to each day.
3. An easier to navigate table of links at the bottom of each
page. These links to are to other pages in my web site
that relate to the day-to-day operations of Cyndi's List.
4. The addition of the NetMind / URL-Minder form at the bottom
of each page. This is a free service that will notify you by
e-mail that changes were made to a web page of your choice.
of each US state, Canadian province, UK and Scandinavian
capable browser to jump to another web page within that
category without having to return to the main index.
6. New, highly optimized graphics on the site that aid in a quicker
load time in your web browser.
7. A new, very fast web server at RootsWeb to host the site.
8. A new, easy to remember address:
9. A helpful new page to answer many of the questions I receive
by e-mail regarding technical issues on the Internet:
Internet Stuff You Need To Know
10. Added new forms for submitting new links and for reporting
broken links on each page.
11. Added a new page "Before Sending E-mail to Cyndi..." with
some helpful guidelines:
12. Added automated scripts that will place a "NEW" or
"UPDATED" graphic next to appropriate links.
13. Added an automated script that will audit the site and report
the numbers via e-mail to the CyndisList mailing list.
14. Added a set of pages with all new submitted:
What's New on Cyndi's List?
15. Added a new page so that visitors can set their browsers to
start with Cyndi's List each time they log on:
"Make Cyndi's List Your Homepage!"
16. Added a Disclaimers page:
Cyndi Howells Puyallup, Washington
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|December 29, 1998 through February 3, 1999 by Cyndi Howells <>|