Updating your Submissions
or Personal Information
in the RSL Database

You will need two things to access your RSL file -- your nametag and your password. If you don't have them, or don't remember them, please return to the RSL-Edit form and request they be emailed to you. (see below for a link to the form)

  1. Start at this page, to access the RSL-Edit Form http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rsledit.cgi

  2. Click on the link "Edit Existing RSL Submissions" (even if it is only for an address change).

  3. You should see four empty boxes/blanks.

  4. In the first two boxes type your nametag and your current password. The computer is case sensitive, so be very careful about capitalization (you may want to do a cut and paste on your password). The upper case/capital I (eye), has been especially problematic as it is next to impossible to distinguish it from a lower case L or a number one. Your RSL password is unique to this program...do not use a password from a different program.

  5. If you want to change your password, type in your choice for a new password in the two bottom boxes. You type it twice so that the computer knows you didn't make an error.

  6. Click on "Edit RSL Data".

  7. You should now be on a new page, that contains your RSL file. You can added, delete, or modify any of the information on this page (personal information or your submissions).

  8. If you need more empty lines, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Post Updates and Review" - that will add five more blank lines (repeat as needed). Each time you do this, it will resort your submissions so they are in alphabetical order - they have not disappeared.

  9. When you are finished with your changes, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Post Updates and FINISH".

  10. You will now see a prompt on your screen saying the database has been updated - that means your changes are now on the Internet!

  11. Congratulations, and best wishes on your research.

You will find the answers to the more general RSL (RootsWeb Surname List) questions at the HelpDesk's main page. http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/

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