Custom Search

I've attempted to use the Topica search box on the message mailing list several times to no avail. It seems that Topica works only when it wants to and the search feature does not work at all. Have no fear Google Search is here, however, Topica does not format their page titles to the name of this list. All of the pages searched will have the title "Topica Email List" and will NOT allow for search for the date of the post to the list i.e "04/01/08". I attempted to solve that issue with a message text of all dates in that format, where Google did not find that page either. It appears that even after adding the page to the Custom Google search that Topica possibly is not allowing Google to search or view the page *it does not exist* even after a link to the page was added to the Customized Google Search Engine. Google Custom Search cannot find the word "Google" on the mailing list!

New Domain for RootsWeb Sites

Oh bother... does this mean that all of the urls within websites pointing to other rootsweb sites will have to be changed as well? What a bunch of crud!

From the mailing lists at RootsWeb!

Please forward to all Project lists.

Tina Vickery
National Coordinator
USGenWeb Project


RootsWeb Announcement

As you know, The Generations Network has hosted and funded
the RootsWeb online community since June 2000, thereby
maintaining RootsWeb as the world's oldest and largest
free genealogy website. TGN remains committed to this
mission and believes that RootsWeb is an absolutely
invaluable and complementary resource to, our
flagship commercial family history site. We believe in
both services and want to see both communities prosper and

As part of this goal, we have decided to "transplant"
RootsWeb onto the domain beginning next week.
This move will not change the RootsWeb experience or alter
the ease of navigation to or within RootsWeb. RootsWeb
will remain a free online experience. What will be
different is that the Web address for all RootsWeb pages
will change from to Again, the RootsWeb experience
is not changing.

The decision to host RootsWeb on is being
made for one primary reason: we believe that the users of
each of our two main websites can be better served if they
have access to the best services available on both. Simply
stated, we want to introduce more users to
RootsWeb and vice versa.

Today, despite the fact that and
are the two most frequently visited family history sites
on the Web, only 25 percent of visitors to
visited RootsWeb in January 2008, while only 20 percent of
visitors to RootsWeb visited (according to
Comscore Media Metrix). We think we will serve our users
best by doing a better job of letting them know what is
available on both and RootsWeb. Hosting
RootsWeb on is the first step towards making
this happen, but we will absolutely look for more and
better ways down the road to advance this goal.

Hosting RootsWeb on will also make it easier
for us to make changes and improvements to the RootsWeb
experience in the future.

All old RootsWeb URLs will continue to work, whether they
are bookmarks or favorites, links to or from a hosted page
or URLs manually typed in your Internet browser. We will
have a redirect in place so that all old URLs will
automatically end up on the appropriate new RootsWeb URL.
You will never need to update your old favorites or links
unless you want to. We have worked to make the transition
as seamless as possible for our users, and this change
should have a minimal impact on your experience with the

RootsWeb will remain a free online experience dedicated to
providing you with a place where our community can find
their roots together. If you have questions regarding this
change please email them to


Tim Sullivan
The Generations Network, Inc.

DNA and WPA c. 20,000 years ago and the 1930's

This is incredible! From Today's Cemetery Genealogy News March 14, 2008

Study Suggests Most Native Americans Can Trace Some DNA Back 20,000 Years to Just 6 Women, By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer "NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- Nearly all of today's Native Americans in North, Central and South America can trace part of their ancestry to six women whose descendants immigrated around 20,000 years ago, a DNA study suggests.

Those women left a particular DNA legacy that persists to today in about about 95 percent of Native Americans, researchers said...."

PLoS One:
(This version CORRECTS explanation of mitochondrial DNA))

A WPA project in the 1930's allowed for Veteran headstone removal and destruction

Military Headstones Used for Garden
Philadelphia Inquirer | By Maya Rao and Sam Wood | March 14, 2008
BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, Penn. - Federal authorities are trying to solve an unlikely mystery:

How did hundreds of gravestones that once marked the final resting places of military veterans come to form a garden wall in a 90-year-old man's Burlington Township yard?..."

"...Hendley said she has asked federal officials to check historical records that would corroborate Nixon's story. The records would be held by the U.S. Army, which oversaw the national cemetery system until it was transferred to the Veterans Administration in the 1970s..."