Hi Maura, I love your ideas. I'd like to add a suggestion
for you to think about. The roll calls are wonderful, but I
would sincerely like to see the area in which the immigrants
settled in this country. I often see surnames that I
recognize, but don't know if they settled in Ohio or PA,
etc, so I don't know if they are relative to my search or
not. No pun intended!
> I am reworking our Slovak Roots page (not ready for viewing yet), and I
> need to get -your- opinions on how to best list the surnames and places
> we are all researching. My goal is to make this page a real valuable
> research tool, but I don't want to reinvent the wheel. I am not trying
> to compete with any other pages existing (personally I think the more
> that is out there the better), but I do want to have a place to list
> surname interests , and maybe in our case, location interests.....
> because this is one great way to connect with others who are also
> researching that name or location.
> So my question is.. because of the nature of the special problems
> associated with researching the changing borders etc in this area....
> and also that many of us have many surnames in different areas... please
> read the ideas below, and then if you have an opinion, either send it
> to me privately, or you can send it to the list if you wish (but let's
> not debate it on the list)
> 1. We could list by just surnames as on the following surname pages on
> my other sites (see the sections on surname interests on
> http://community.webtv.net/shamrockroots/kingsny ) The problem with that
> is a) people will have lots of listings so they will have to follow the
> directions on how to submit (which I would make the same as those pages
> as I can just cut and paste) b) you can see from those pages already
> that the listings are long as those are two large counties. Ours would
> be much longer and I would probably have to divide it up into several
> pages. Persons would be limited to about 3 lines as on those pages.
> 1a. We could just limit it to
> SURNAME, location yourname youremail and then someone would have to
> contact you for details. Sort of like Helene does her book. This would
> be good because it's in alphabetical order, easy for researchers.
> 2. I could do something like they do on the Czeching out our Ancestors
> and Searching in Slovakia pages of iarelative.com -- where you get a
> paragraph or so to describe the whole shabang ---- I love those pages
> but have found them hard to search as there are several pages etc. A
> paragraph would be easier for me in a way to cut and paste , and again
> we'd probably end up with several pages. I might try and add a search
> engine to the site (tried that once with my Waterford page and it didn't
> work, but I could try it again, things are different with webtv,
> sometimes what works for everyone else won't work for me )
> 4. I'd also like to have a page about what locations we are searching.
> So often on the list people say "I have those films" and we help each
> other, or maybe you have info on other families..... this would have to
> be just listed as location, maybe what religion , and your name , your
> email. Again, people could contact you if the wanted more info. The
> problem here of course is names changed... as did boundaries, so we'd
> have to decide how to do those (I may defer to Frank's opinion on that
> Please think carefully about this, and either send your opinion
> privately , or to the list if you want to share it with everyone. I'm
> working on the pages now, so please do so by this weekend.
> Any other suggestions for the website are welcomed, tho I can't promise
> everything :)
> Maura Petzolt mpetzolt2@...
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