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From: Bill Williamson <>
Subject: RE: Combining Lists
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 10:19:12 -0400
But look at it from the other side. When I was introduced to rootsweb I
found that WILLIAMSON was considered a variant of WILLIAMS and that STROUP
was a variant of STRAUB so I subscribed to those lists. I finally
unsubscribed after deleting about 100 WILLIAMS posts for every WILLIAMSON
post I saw. And the same with STRAUB. I never saw a single WILLIAMS post
that included a Williamson.
Yes, certainly there should be some combining, STROOPE, STROOP and STROUPE
are certainly variant spellings of STROUP, but STRAUB: No No.
>Derek, this is my concern too. I see it as an insult to say that all we
>thousands of "older" researchers have had to learn to look for variations
>for decades, but now suddenly the newbies are too stupid to learn that. Also
>that their TIME means no more than we think it does... just tell them they
>have to join all these different lists. I'm a middle-aged housewife with no
>young children to raise, no job, and I still can't join all the lists I
>would like to join. I do have a life and other responsibilities. What few
>lists I can be on (besides my own) are ignored more than anything. I have
>not joined any variant spelling lists for our names, even though that might
>be a helpful thing to do.
>I understand Rootsweb wanting to offer thousands of lists. I'm sure that is
>to their advantage, but I wish they would reconsider the name variations.
>There has to be a better way to offer a lot of lists. My personal thought is
>that all the new subject categories are the best answer.
>Derek Nichols [mailto:] wrote:
>Just to approach this from a different direction....
>How many lists do people think that others are willing to join? It's
>all fine and dandy to have 5 variations of every surname, but things
>become quickly unmanagable once you throw in variations of every
>surname you are researching, a few area lists and this is only from
>rootsweb.... there are other servers out there so throw in those as
>well because, we'd sure hate to miss something.
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