Fermanagh Gold Introduction

This page has been added to the website to offer some help with common problems on mailing lists, especially about virus warnings that appear from time to time. 

The following information has been extracted from Rootsweb - see HERE for full text.

A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and particularly for those subscribers who need help in finding their way around the Fermanagh-Gold website.

Clicking on one of the shortcut links below should work, but if your browser doesn't understand them, try these manual instructions: to join FERMANAGH-GOLD-L, send mail to
with the single word subscribe in the message subject and body. To join in Digest mode, do the same thing with

When you subscribe you receive an automatic response from the list.

Unsubscribing. To leave FERMANAGH-GOLD-L, send mail to FERMANAGH-GOLD-L-request@rootsweb.com
with the single word unsubscribe in the message subject and body. To leave FERMANAGH-GOLD-D, do the same thing with FERMANAGH-GOLD-D-request@rootsweb.com

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Administrator's Guidelines
Whilst the topic of genealogy is the focus of the list there are certain topics that will not be allowed. Any subscriber knowingly posting a mail which is likely to cause distress or offence to any other subscriber will be unsubscribed immediately. Areas that are considered "no go" on this list are Irish politics, religious differences, offensive language and personal criticism of any other subscriber on the list.

If you'd like to post a message so everyone on the mailing list receives it, send it to FERMANAGH-GOLD-L@rootsweb.com  The mails are sent to the L-mode and D-mode subscribers in both mail and digest mode so you don't need to send it explicitly to both.

The list is open for posting by subscribers so that you can exchange information but more specifically request help in using the Fermanagh Gold website. The databases can be difficult to find your way around if you are not used to doing this.

This list is also a good place to make suggestions about improvements and additions to the website. The information on the website is YOURS, i.e. the bulk of the material has been freely contributed by researchers such as yourself.

You can search the archives for a specific message or browse them, going from one message to another. These linked pages will open in a new browser window which you can close to return to this page. 


  • Do confine your data or information to the topic of the list i.e. Fermanagh (Ireland) genealogy.
  • Do give some brief information in your subject line so that other listers can quickly identify whether your mail is likely to be of interest to them. Some subscribers will belong to many lists and may not read all the detail in each mail unless it has "instant appeal".
  • Do try and give as much information as you can in the body of your mail to help other subscribers identify the nature of your enquiry.
  • Do delete or "snip" any text that is irrelevant in your reply i.e. tag lines that appear at the bottom of each mail (a tag line is added to each mail appearing in the list, so they can build up and make the mails unnecessarily large)
  • Do be considerate when addressing other listers - common courtesy is all that is required.
  • Do be patient with new listers who appear to ask the same questions over and over again - we were all new once!
  • Do repost your interests from time to time - the list is always attracting new subscribers.
  • Do read and double check your mail before posting to the list. Is it clear, is it concise? Remember that ALL mails appear in the List Archives and will remain there for many years to come. Once posted, mails cannot be removed.


  • Don't discuss political issues within this list. This will be considered "off topic" and subscribers will be encouraged to continue such discussion off list.  See Administrator's Guidelines above Problems on the List below.
  • Don't send mail in any format other than Plain Text. HTML mail is not supported by rootsweb in the mailing lists and results in a plethora of code in your mail. It is very difficult to get to the "real message" in amongst all the code.
  • Don't send attachments with your mail, they won't be forwarded to the list.
  • Don't type your message in upper case (CAPITAL LETTERS). This is considered "shouting" in netiquette terms and is also quite hard to read. 
  • Don't forward virus alerts to the list - alerts themselves can be distressing for new subscribers. Some virus alerts turn out to be hoaxes and this can also cause unnecessary distress. 
  • Don't quote information about living persons without their permission.
  • Don't forward mail in the list to other people or other mailing lists without the permission of the original poster.

As mentioned in the "Dont's" above, virus alerts to the list in themselves can cause distress to some subscribers. Whilst we all want to be helpful to people who appear to have the virus (and don't necessarily know it themselves) the list is not the place to discuss the topic are not relevant to the list. 

More help is available on Rootsweb see HERE

There are many sources on the internet offering help with anti-virus programs. Conduct a search on Google to get an idea of what is around. Here are just a few:

Trend Micro Anti Virus Scan Free On-Line Scanner, requires Registration
The Free Site Anti-Virus 
VCatch Free download and automatic daily updates

Occasionally debates on mailing lists can go right off topic. In such circumstances subscribers will be encouraged to take their discussion off list and conduct it in private. In exceptional circumstances, subscribers will be removed from the list if they don't adhere to this guideline.

Any problems with the list or difficulties appearing on the list between subscribers should be notified to me as the List Administrator. Contact me at List Admin