The Family Historian Users Mailing List is, in effect, a forum where Family Historian users can discuss aspects of the program, new and inexperienced users can post questions and ask advice, and experienced users of Family Historian can share their knowledge and give tips. It works entirely using email.
For those who are not familiar with mailing lists, the Family Historian Users Mailing List works like this: Users can subscribe to, or unsubscribe from, the list whenever they like. Subscriptions are free. Any subscriber who wishes to do so, can post an email to the list which can be answered by any other subscribers. All subscribers are emailed a copy of all emails sent to the list by any other subscriber. Subscribers can either choose to receive all emails sent to the list separately, or alternatively they can opt to receive a single ‘digest’ email, once a day (roughly), which contains all emails sent by subscribers on the previous day. Simon Orde, the designer of Family Historian, is one of the administrators of the list and contributes to it.
Clicking on one of the links below should generate an email which you then send to subscribe to the Mailing List:
- Subscribe in Mail mode (you get one copy of each email posted)
- Subscribe in Digest mode (you get one ‘digest’ email per day, roughly)
If the above links are working the generated email will be addressed to FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org (or to FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-Demail@example.com if you’re subscribing in Digest mode) and will have the single word subscribe as both subject and message text. If no such email is generated, your browser probably does not understand these links. In that case you should create and send the email yourself ‘manually’.
Clicking on one of the links below should generate an email which you then send to unsubscribe from the Mailing List (if you can’t remember which mode you subscribed in, unsubscribe from both):
- Unsubscribe from Mailing List (Mail mode subscription)
- Unsubcribe from Mailing List (Digest mode subscription)
If the above links are working the generated email will be addressed to FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org (or to FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-Demail@example.com if you’re unsubscribing from Digest mode) and will have the single word unsubscribe as both subject and message text. If no such email is generated, your browser probably does not understand these links. In that case you should create and send the email yourself ‘manually’.
Posting Emails to the List
When you subscribe to the list, you will be sent a Welcome email, which will repeat these instructions. Do not post any emails to the list until you have received this Welcome email, confirming that you have been subscribed. Emails sent by people who are not subscribed are not forwarded to subscribers.
To send an email when your subscription has been confirmed send your email to FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-L@rootsweb.com (note: this is similar to, but different from, the email address you send subscribe and unsubscribe requests to). If your email does not appear ‘on the list’, make sure that you are using the same email address (the ‘From’ email address) that you subscribed with.
Tip: Users of Outlook Express are recommended to do the following: subscribe to the list in Mail mode, but create a folder within Outlook Express (in the Folders pane on the left-hand side) to store the mailing list emails you receive. You can create a (mail) Message Rule within Outlook Express, which ensures that all email messages received from the list are automatically moved to this folder. The emails you want to move are ones where the ‘To’ line contains FAMILY-HISTORIAN-USERS-L@rootsweb.com (i.e. ones that were originally sent to the list, and then forwarded to you). This has the advantage that mailing list messages are kept conveniently grouped together, while still being easy to read. In Outlook Express, Digest mode emails are less easy to read, because each ‘digested’ email, is included as an attachment and attachments cannot be browsed as easily as separate emails. Users of products other than Outlook Express may find that they can do something similar.