We are very fortunate in having list members who are actively engaged in other genealogical projects. Look out for regular List Members:


Glamorgan List Guide-lines.

Boring but essential for us all! Please remember every message you send to the list is archived and stored on the Rootsweb computers who provide this mailing list for our use free of charge. We hope you find the following information helpful, please read it carefully.

Subject Headings

Please remember that informative subject headings are more likely to bring informative replies. Please, please, use CAPITAL LETTERS only for SURNAMES within the Subject Heading.

This way is much easier for all and of course they will be archived in this way, so that future new members of this List may be able to search the back years for those very Surnames.

These surnames will be hidden away if the subject was ‘My Research Interests’ or one with the subject line 'Help Please'.

Personal Mail & Chatting etc.

If you have a personal message for the sender, e.g. a non-relevant reply to the question asked of the List, please send it to their e-mail address, not to the list server address. Any mail sent to GLAMORGAN-L will automatically be sent to everyone on the list. Profanity/ swear words, and 'Flaming' are not permitted and are an 'unsubscribable' offence! If you feel you have a genuine grievance over something said to you by a fellow subscriber, please take it up with an Admin privately - that is what we're here for!

Replying to a List Message

To reply to a message you receive from the list you have two options:-

  • 1) You can reply to the ENTIRE mailing list and keep the dialogue public.
  • OR
    2) You can send your reply ONLY to the sender of the original.

Bear in mind that your reply could contain information which would be interesting and informative to the List as a whole; so keeping the dialogue public is a good option.

The list is set up so that by using your 'reply to' button, the post will in most cases go to the entire List. Be sure this is what you intend, otherwise use the 'reply' button or replace the list address with the originator's address.

Writing to the List & e-mail etiquette

Writing to the List by leaving the 'CAPS LOCK' KEY SWITCHED ON IS REGARDED AS 'SHOUTING', AND CAN PROMPT SOME ANGRY RESPONSES. IT DOESN'T LOOK FRIENDLY DOES IT? Similarly, writing your messages all in lower case, is not good e-mail etiquette.

When posting to the list, please sign off with your location, as well as your name! The location is so that we can guide you to appropriate resources in your area. The Country and County where you reside is fine, as for security we do not wish you to broadcast your full address.

See also Malcolm's List etiquette.

Glossary of terms for mailing lists & e-mail

Flames Also 'flaming' or 'being flamed'. A slang term for e-mail messages sent to someone in order to express an opposing view or to criticize or reprimand another user for what might be considered inappropriate behaviour.


Lurking refers to reading mailing list messages and learning the ins and outs of that group for a little while before you actually join in and begin posting messages yourself. By lurking, you can learn a lot about how newsgroups or mailing lists work, about netiquette and about what types of researchers are out in cyberspace with you.

It does become rather sad if you always lurk though as you will never actually discover the joy of communicating with others on the List and finding links with other researchers.


A small text file that is automatically attached to the end of each outgoing e-mail message that you send. This website gives a whole lot of answers to any problems that you may have with subscribing to a Mailing List. Signature Etiquette

Your email address

Some people seem nervous about using their name on the internet.

If you do not wish your real name to appear on a mailing list, then why not make one up? If you feel that the name of your ISP gives clues, then why not get a free Google address and forward this [on the Google page] to your own email address. It is a very safe option.

Another suggestion is that you purchase a domain name and use that.


A string of ongoing discussions on a certain topic which takes place on a mailing list or in a newsgroup. A user will "follow a thread" when they read messages and continue to post inquiries or responses specific to some original posting on a mailing list or newsgroup.


Symbols & acronyms used to express an emotion or inflection of tone in e-mail messages. Visit the following

Glossary of Internet Abbreviations web site.

Go  here for examples of emoticons.

You have unsubscribed me!!

This is a phrase is often sent to List Owners. Yes, it happens. The Rootsweb computer will unsubscribe you after four e-mails are returned within a short period. Commonly, this is caused by one of these three options:-

  • 1] You've had a change of e-mail address and forgot to unsubscribe under the old address and re-subscribe under the new one.
  • 2] Your available quota (disk space) was exceeded for four messages in a row.
  • 3] Your ISP is rejecting mail, either to you or from Rootsweb. Do not ask the Administrator to resend all the missed mail to you. He/she does not have time to find out when you were unsubscribed and which messages you might be missing. Use the List's Archive.

Snip your Posts!

Before replying to a post, "Snip out"  or cut out any parts of the original message that aren't relevant to your reply. That means all the rest of the message if you are in Digest mode............

If you just typed up seven lines and then there's another 20 lines of quoted text left in the post, do some trimming. We have an archive of all posts sent to the list anyway. Do NOT just hit "Reply," type out your reply above the quoted material and hit "Send." We are all guilty but please don't do it, as that's rude.