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Genealogy and the Internet
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This document was originally prepared by Alf Redekopp, for a presentation to a genealogy class as part of session 4 of the Canadian Mennonite University Continuing Education Program January 2001. (Links updated March 24, 2015 )
The many developments in the last half of the 20th century have led to this period being called "the Information Age". The term "information superhighway" has been used as an analogy to describe the universe of information linked together around the world through the electronic communication systems that our technological age has developed. All that a person needs to access this world of information and its professionals is a curiosity, a computer with a modem and a telephone line.
What can I do?
What will I find on the Internet?
In order to become a part of a listserve, you first send a "subscribe" message to the specific listserve. Here are the specific instructions for several:
The group that you want to subscribe to is called menno.rec.roots.
To subscribe send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Leave the subject line empty
Send on line of text which reads: SUBSRIBE GER-RUS2 <your firstname> <your lastname> For example: SUBSCRIBE GER-RUS2 ALF REDEKOPP
You will receive a welcome message with further instructions.
You can explore the Internet's World Wide Web (WWW) in several ways:
Institutions and Organizations
Specific Genealogical Resources
Personal Homepages of Mennonite Genealogists
Genealogical Software Links
Other sites of interest to Genealogists - (not Mennonite specific)