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From: Cyndi Howells <>
Subject: May 31, 1999
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 1999 03:12:40 -0700
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May 31, 1999
Hello all -
First things first. Where have I been for the past two months? I've
been a wee bit busy with my "real" life offline. Yes, I actually
have one. ;-) For those of you who have written and who have
wondered, here it is in a nutshell:
1. At the beginning of April we bought a new house, which closed
three weeks later.
2. Two weeks later we sold our old house, which closed two weeks
3. We spent most of April frantically packing up our home of
almost 15 years and moving to the new house.
4. In April I did a road trip to California with my mother and
Evan where we visited family and where I did three genealogy
seminars for the Silicon Valley PAF Users Group, the Nevada County
Genealogical Society and the Sacaramento Roots Cellar group. At the
end of the month I was honored to speak for the Washington Library
5. After one week in our new house, we left for Florida. Mark had
a one week seminar for his "real" job. I was again honored to speak
for the Florida Library Association while we were there. We managed
to slip in 4 days at Disney World with our little Mousketeer. He
had a ball!
6. We left Florida for Richmond, Virginia where we attended the
annual National Genealogical Society 4-day conference. We learned a
lot, saw a lot of old friends and made many new friends as well.
The only downside to the trip was that we all came home with nasty
7. Once we returned home we had 2 weeks to get the house all
spiffy in order to have our open-house party for family and
friends. Our party, this weekend, was a lot of fun and the house is
now in relatively good order. At least the computer is set up and
in working order.
8. During all this I managed to keep up a bit with day-to-day
e-mail, but didn't have a chance to work on the site at all. Thus,
no "updated" or "new" graphics anywhere on the site. Now I am back
at the daily work routine, so hope to get caught up with the e-mail
This past Friday I was interviewed by a news crew from ABC about
our favorite topic -genealogy! Please be sure to tune in to the
World News Tonight with Peter Jennings on Tuesday evening, June 1,
1999. You will have to check your own local television listings to
see what time and on what channel this will appear in your area.
Today's updates to the site were mostly along the lines of
correcting broken links. They cover a wide variety of topics. One
of the major updates I'm working on is to the Surname Mailing List
links I have to John Fuller's site. He is in the midst of splitting
up his larger pages. I'll get my links to his site done during this
While in Richmond, Virginia for the NGS conference, I picked up
several great new books, so I thought I'd mention a few of them to you:
Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Guide to
Uncovering Your Family's History
by Maureen Taylor, ISBN 0-395-869820X
This is a guide for young people and would be a great way to get
them started in this fun hobby!
Publishing Your Family History on the Internet
by Richard S. Wilson, ISBN 0-938717-36-7
This is a wonderful new book by Richard Wilson. It covers many
different software programs and methods you can use to help you
create a simple or a complex genealogy web site.
Organizing Your Family History Search:
Efficient & Effective Ways to Gather and Protect Your Genealogical
by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, ISBN 1-55870-511-2
Again, Sharon has put together a wonderful, easy-to-use, completely
helpful book! It includes several helpful tips throughout the text
and even blank forms you can copy and use.
~~Most memorable site(s) I visited recently:
PlaceNames.com - Worldwide Index of Place Names
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
THE genealogy web site of the LDS Church. Includes the ability to
search the IGI, the Ancestral File, the Family History Library
Catalog, and web site submissions. Also has user mailing lists,
online ordering of FHL research materials and allows you to
preserve your own research online.
Surname Resources at RootsWeb
A central location for all the currently represented surnames at
RootsWeb. Check the list for a specific surname and find links to
personal web sites, searchable databases, mailing lists and message
boards for that surname at RootsWeb.
Brief summary of link activity for Cyndi's List over the
May 31, 1999 Site Summary:
* New Links:139
* Updated Links:484
* Removed Links:73
* Total Links:41768
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
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 67,000 visitors to the web site each
~~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
The Middle East
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
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
of each US state, Canadian province, UK and Scandinavian
page. This is a drop-down menu that will allow your
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
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
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
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
start with Cyndi's List each time they log on:
"Make Cyndi's List Your Homepage!"
16. Added a Disclaimers page:
Cyndi Howells Edgewood, Washington
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