The Mills Family of Mid-Wales
The introductory version of this site was placed on the web on 1st March 2003 (St David's Day). Now it is set for expansion, the launch announcement will be made more widely at the end of May. In the interim the networking has begun:
Mills DNA Project
Richard (Dick) M Mills (DM) (Maryland) is actively seeking a Mills candidate descended through an all-male Mid-Wales line, who would be prepared to participate in the DNA project for potential matching of results with his own. He is offering to contribute half the $100 cost of the test. Contact Dick directly if you are willing to help.
1st March 2003
An introductory site, kept brief in line with recommended practice and very focussed to dissuade random enquiries unrelated to our specific mid-Wales "clan". Invited initial responses may be e-mailed through to one of our group of five central "agents", each collecting material on defined family branches or historical interests.
Aims and content
Development will be on the basis of reliable data aimed to assist better understanding of our roots, branch inter-relationships, diaspora, family interests and achievements. The only unproven material displayed relates to various "legends" regarding origins (earliest established record is 1593), which might identify ancestral links. In this last respect, information is available for those wishing to participate in a recently established Mills DNA world-wide project. Our timespan extends to approximately 1901, in line with Rootsweb policy not to include living persons. An optional picture gallery offers some infill on relevant local history and, with their consent, links are provided to appropriate Welsh reference sources.
For purposes of coordination, the central agent group will be kept relatively small, expansion normally restricted to newly identified major geographical areas, branches or interests. Each agent heads up, manages and builds on his/her own section, mutually exchanging data where appropriate and passing proven findings or other matters of interest through for posting on the main site. Communication within each section may be by e-mail attachment or by developing "hidden sites". New participants are asked to indicate consent or otherwise for their interests and submitted data to be openly shared and/or published; as also their willingness to receive information subsequently contributed by third parties. All contact names are passed to a central, briefly classified, register for the internal agents' use only.
Website design and training of webmaster
Professionally undertaken by our friend A.J., to whom we are most indebted. He remarks as follows:
NB: The free Rootsweb site is much appreciated - apart from common-sense conditions designed to protect them as provider, there are only two stipulations for us to accept: no up/downloading of GEDCOM files and advertising banners will be displayed on our pages.
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