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From: Alf Christophersen 02 45 41 97 <>
Date: 18 December 1987, 20:11:45 ECT
To all New Subscribers
Welcome to this meeting on Genealogy!
Recently I asked a question in the meeting INFO-NETS because
I was interested in computer techniques in genealogy and also
wanted to look for family in USA. Then I realized that there was
only one meeting which I possibly could reach from Norway, namely
'Soc.Roots' on UseNet News, which in turn showed up not to be
transmitted to Europe. Fortunately the person who told me about
that connection was also interested in making a new meeting which
could be reachable from other networks. So we started this
mailing-list, ROOTS-L at NDSUVM1.
I hope that you will find time and interest to use this
list, not only for info from others, but that you also will be
interested in sharing your interests and knowledge in this area.
Many of us has family, distant or near, on each side of the
Atlantic Sea. Until now we had either to travel or use the phone,
slow surface-mail or 'snail-mail' to communicate. These were
expensive, timeconsuming ways of communicating. I hope that in the
future each country would make databases for which we could use
computers to seek for information. Today, there is maybe great
anxiousness between many folks on this possiblity to find
information about their ancestors, but I believe security could
be solved if we want to do that.
I myself am going to be a member next year of a Swedish
organization on genealogy. One of their interests is to make a
database on church books and make these data readable for
genealogists. It would be interesting to discuss techniques on
how such data could be accessible from a net like BITNET and what
the security problems in such a system would be. Today these data
is accesible on a telephone modem somewhere. You will get the
knowledge of where after paying for the membership (70 SKR pr
year). They also distribute software for genealogy and church
If you have some themes you want to discuss, please tell me
In connection to what I have mentioned I also would like to
discuss what harm would knowledge about ancestors do for a
certain person and in what context could genealogical knowledge
be misused. What can we do to hinder such abuse?
So long for this time.
Alf Christophersen ()