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Share your Research:
The hundreds of gigabytes of data on RootsWeb are a by-product
of millions of online genealogists sharing research.
records you have transcribed for inclusion in our user-contributed
databases. Only a small fraction of genealogy-related
information is on the Web. Most is in the form of books,
documents (many handwritten), photographs, microfilm,
and microfiche held by tens of thousands of libraries,
genealogy societies, churches, local, state and national
government archives, and other organizations. Much of
the best information is located in the attics, file cabinets,
bookshelves, and computers of millions of individual
- Upload your family tree to the RootsWeb WorldConnect
Project, a database of family trees submitted by
thousands of RootsWeb researchers. There are currently
more than 193,670,801 ancestor names. With your family
tree posted here, other researchers with common ancestors
can find you.
- Post your family surnames on the RootsWeb
Surname List (RSL). The RSL is a registry of more
than 999,820 surname entries that have been submitted
by more than 231,105 online genealogists. Associated
with each surname are dates, locations, and information
about how to contact the person who submitted the surname.
The RSL is one of the primary tools on RootsWeb that
online genealogists use to contact each other and share
Communicate with Others:
The quickest way to make progress in genealogical
research is to connect with someone who is further along
or is more experienced than you are. Keep in mind that a
large part of the fun of genealogy is the relationships you
develop with people along the way. Be kind, courteous, helpful,
slow to take offense, and quick to forgive, and you will
- Join a mailing list.
A mailing list is simply an e-mail party line: every message
that a list subscriber sends to the list is distributed
to all other list subscribers. There are more than 24,375
genealogy-related mailing lists on RootsWeb covering surnames,
U.S. counties and states, other countries and regions,
ethnic groups, and other topics. Subscribing to a mailing
list is one of the best ways of connecting to people who
share your interests. If you do not find a mailing list
covering your topic of interest, start
- Post a message to a message
board. A message board is a computerized version
of the old-fashioned bulletin board. There are more than
177,390 message boards on RootsWeb related to surnames,
localities, and other topics. By posting a message to
the appropriate message board, you create a record through
which other researchers can find you. If you do not find
a message board covering your topic of interest, start
- Add Post-em Notes to the Social
Security Death Index (SSDI), the WorldConnect
Project, or to other databases at
RootsWeb. A Post-em is the electronic equivalent of a
yellow sticky note. It allows you to attach your e-mail
address, a link to another Web address, or other information
to the record of any individual. Search for your ancestors
and leave your calling card attached to their names.
- Build your own genealogy Web site on RootsWeb. Request
free unlimited Web space. Building a basic Web site
is not as difficult as you might imagine; millions of
people have done it, and RootsWeb offers an online editor
for those who wish to use one.
- Add a link to your Web site using RootsLink.
RootsLink is RootsWeb's Web address registry, where users
can add and categorize a genealogy link from anywhere on
- Link your Web site to the relevant surname, county, state,
and/or country resource
cluster. Thereafter, a link to your Web site will appear
at the top of whatever surname, county, and/or state resource
cluster(s) you have chosen. Users specifically interested
in the information on your Web site will see this link
whenever they use the RootsWeb surname resources, U.S.
county and state resources, or world resources. This feature
is ONLY available for Web sites located at RootsWeb.