SEARCHING IN THE RSL


  1. How Do I Search For A Surname?
  2. I Don't Understand What I'm Suppose To Do After The Search?
  3. What Do Those Marks In The Migration Field Mean?
  4. I Emailed A Submitter But Didn't Get A Response. Why?
  5. I Emailed A Submitter But It Bounced. Do You Have Another Address?
  6. If You Know The Address Is Bad, Why Don't You Pull It?
  7. Why Do I Have To Contact The Submitters? Can't RootsWeb Just Send Me Everything They Have On My Surname?









 

HOW DO I SEARCH FOR A SURNAME?

There are several ways to access the database. The easiest is by using the RootsWeb search engines at http://rsl.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/rslsql.cgi   You can search the entire RSL list by surname, soundex, or metaphone.


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I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M SUPPOSE TO DO AFTER THE SEARCH?

If you did a search on the Internet you will have six fields of information (per line). First you will find the surname, followed by the earliest and latest dates that the researcher has on that family. Next is the migration pattern that the researcher has been able to establish and it should be enough to help you determine if it will tie into the line you're working on. You will also see a comment field and a nametag. By following the nametag link you will find out how to contact the person who submitted the entry. You will also be able to ask for a complete listing of surnames the researcher has submitted, which might give you additional clues on if they tie to your line.

If you did your search by email, the same information will be available but it will appear in a different format. First you will see a listing of the new entries, and it will be followed by the information on the submitter.


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WHAT DO THOSE MARKS IN THE MIGRATION FIELD MEAN?

This field tells you the movement of that family. The > symbol means "From here to there." For example: FRA>ENG means from France to England.

Another mark is the slash /. This denotes simultaneous places or areas the family lived. For example: TolbotCo/HolmesCo,GA,USA means family members lived in both Tolbot and Holmes County, Georgia, at the same time.


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I E-MAILED A SUBMITTER BUT DIDN'T GET A RESPONSE. WHY?

Unfortunately there are many reasons for this occurence, none of which we have control over. We ask that people submit only the names they are researching and are willing to share information on. If a submitter wishes to have their submissions removed from the database, they simply need to let us know and they are deleted. Until we hear from them, we assume that they still want to share their information with other researchers.

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I E-MAILED A SUBMITTER BUT IT BOUNCED. DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER ADDRESS?

Sorry, but no we don't. Before you give up on that researcher, triple-check the address you have to see if you may mis-read a character. Is it really J0E (jay-zero-ee), or could it be JOE (jay-oh-ee). It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference between a number 0 (zero) and a letter O (oh). Another character that often is misread is the letter l (el) and the number 1 (one).

If the email address turns out to be bad, check to see if they posted a snail mail address. You will find other suggestions at: http://helpdesk.rootsweb.com/addresses/bad.html


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IF YOU KNOW THE ADDRESS IS BAD, WHY DON'T YOU PULL IT?

Bad e-mail addresses often "heal" themselves. If you can't get through today, try next week. Also, depending on how determined you are to contact the person, a bad email address is still often the first link in a chain that will lead you to them. You may want to contact the postmaster at the site and find out if they left a forwarding address.


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WHY DO I HAVE TO CONTACT THE SUBMITTERS? CAN'T ROOTSWEB JUST SEND ME EVERYTHING THEY HAVE ON MY SURNAME?

Sorry, but the RSL is simply a resource for researchers to find each other and share information. Additional data isn't stored in the RSL database, nor does RootsWeb store individual family histories or files that the researchers have accumulated.

You'll need to contact the individual researchers to find the tie-ins, if any, to your own research.


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