What are Mailing Lists?
Mailing lists are one of the oldest and most popular resources on the Internet. If you have an e-mail address you can participate in mailing lists. There are approximately 100,000 mailing lists on the Internet. Some are private or available to limited groups, but the vast majority can be joined by anyone with a special interest in the list's topic.
Lists are a way of reaching a group of people by e-mail messages. Your e-mail message goes to a piece of software that in turn sends it on to the group of
Rootsweb mailing lists are like discussion groups where subscribers share information.
To SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE to the HORNBECK
DISCUSSION LIST, click on my penguin
When the e-mail window appears type the word SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of the message
OR send e-mail to:
and put the word SUBSCRIBE or UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of the message. You do not need a subject or a signature.
If you find you can't handle the number of messages sent by the list, you may want to consider switching to the DIGEST version. If so you should first unsubscribe to the LIST. Then subscribe to the DIGEST by sending e-mail to:
and put the word SUBSCRIBE in the body of message. You do not need a subject or a signature.
How do I unsubscribe?
To unsubscribe send e-mail to
and put the word UNSUBSCRIBE in the body of message.
If you are subscribed to DIGEST send UNSUBSCRIBE to:
What is the difference between Digest mode and List mode?
While both HORNBECK-L and HORNBECK-D are the same in terms of the content of the messages they contain they are different in the way they are distributed to you.
If you subscribe to HORNBECK-L (LIST), for every message someone sends to the group, you get a message.
If you subscribe to HORNBECK-D (DIGEST), a number of messages are bundled up and put into one digest message before it is sent to you. Some people prefer this way because it cuts down on the number of messages they get in their inbox.
It really just comes down to a matter of personal preference -- just pick one.
How do I send a query?
You first need to be subscribed. Once you have done that, send e-mail to:
and be sure you have a reasonable subject line and please include your real name. No one likes chatting with someone known only as ``JOEF3492@AOL.COM'' or
What happens when I hit my "reply to" button?
On this list, when you hit your "reply to" button, your post will go to the list. If you are replying to a particularly long post, please "snip" out a portion of that post rather than including the entire post.
When should I reply to the entire mailing list and when should I reply to just the individual?
Generally speaking, if you think your reply would be of help to someone else on the list, then post it to the entire list. Otherwise, just send it to the person.
If you post a question and get quite a lot of feedback, you may want to send a message to the list with a summary of the information.
What can/should I send to the list?
Anything that is related to genealogy and/or HORNBECK is fair game but please
- Don't post test messages, virus warnings, chain letters or advertising of any kind.
- Don't post attachments, GEDCOMs or zip files.
How do I search the archives?
Use your web browser and go to:
Are there other genealogy mailing lists I can join?
The best place to find other genealogy related lists John Fuller's "Genealogy Resources on Internet":
The original genealogy mailing list, ROOTS-L is also run on rootsweb.com. Take a look at the rootsweb web page for more information:
If you have other questions that are not addressed, send e-mail to Shirley
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