SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING FOR
TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY GENEALOGY IN 2000!
To get the new millennium started off with a bang, all researchers
of Transylvania County families are cordially invited to join a unique
new on-line genealogy group founded just this week. The new Transylvania
County genealogical group is
<< TransylvanCoGenList@onelist.com>> but this isn’t your typical e-mail
There are many excellent lists and message boards already in place,
but this new concept offers much, much more. The first and foremost
objective of this new group is TEAMWORK within a community of
Together and through open sharing of research problems and solutions
in a warm, encouraging, friendly atmosphere, so much more progress can
be realized by all of us. After all, most of us are either cousins of
some degree or cousins-in-law, so why not get together as a family,
albeit a huge and extended one, and work on genealogy together !
Beyond sharing knowledge through the day-to-day queries and answers,
we hope our members will share with one another the more personal side
of family history. Most of us have discovered rich short stories,
anecdotes, and captivating tales of our ancestors. We invite members to
share those with the group as well! The more we learn about all of the
people in the communities in which our ancestors lived, the better we
will understand the lives of our own ancestors. And we just might
discover some new lines of cousins to boot-- even an ancestor or two!
We want this to be a genealogical community in which EVERY MEMBER
feels free to share, to ask questions, to offer ideas, to participate.
Unlike so many lists in which a handful of people do the talking and a
hundred or so folks stand quietly and anonymously in the shadows
watching and listening, we want EVERYONE to participate, both newcomers
and oldcomers alike.Everyone has something valuable to contribute,
even if only thoughts and ideas. And many of the oldcomers have valuable
research techniques and skills to share that could lead to brick walls
being broken down. We look forward to many, many “random acts of
Upon joining, all new members are asked to introduce themselves to
the group, share surnames, ancestry, research areas, even research
problems. A few dozen long-lost cousins might be waiting with open arms.
After all, we genealogists love nothing better (except for finding a
lost ancestor) than finding lost cousins who are researching the same
families and ancestors. It pays to advertise!
To encourage communication of benefit all members, all replies and
responses (unless controversial or problematic) are to be posted openly
to the e-mail list. As a further benefit, an easy to use archival system
is in place allowing members to review and retrieve earlier postings and
discussions. By preserving what we do today, we can help researchers of
To provide a healthy, productive, nurturing community, a set of fair
and equitable rules for community conduct and behavior have been
established and will be provided to all new members upon joining. The
group is operated by three monitors who possess a combined total of
almost three quarters of a century of research into Transylvania County
families. The list managers always stand ready to help members in any
We warmly invite you to join us in this exciting new project. Please
spread the word and let’s unite all researchers of Transylvania County
families! Join us on this rich journey into the past – OUR past!
To start your FREE membership today, go to:
and follow the instructions. If you
encounter any problems joining, please e-mail me and I will gladly add you.
Looking forward to welcoming you to YOUR new community!
Wylene Alston, List Owner and Community Co-Manager
Just some of the surnames in the county,