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READ ME FIRST, Please: Guidelines for posting to the Clan Message Boards and Mailing Lists

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READ ME FIRST, Please: Guidelines for posting to the Clan Message Boards and Mailing Lists

Posted: 1151862802000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1151862870000
Surnames: Abercromby

The purpose of the Clans message boards and lists is to provide information on the Scottish Clan.

General surname research should be posted on the Surname message board or mailing list. Ancestors are listed as a

thread/topic. [see Admin Note re genealogical posts to this board and list -- there are strictly adhered to guidelines]

The Clan mailing list and message boards are gatewayed together so you will see messages relayed over from the message board

to the mailing list. The Clan mailing list and this related message board are intended to cover subjects that would normally

be considered off topic in the surnames message boards and mailing lists.

The originators of the clan resources used the list from the web site at “Great Hall of the Clans” as their guide to the Clan

list. The Lord Lyon has referenced that site from their site so they felt it has some degree of acceptance from an official

source. That was also the guide to the spellings of the Clan name. You will find both Clans and Noble Families listed in the

"clan" resources. Not all listed will have a living Chief of Name, nor an active clan organization to support activities.

The Clan mailing list and Clan message boards are for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the Scottish Clan

and their Septs. Acceptable Topics include searches for Clan ancestors; discussions of Clan history, culture, food,

language, coats of arms,tartans, and major events that changed the course of the Clan.Current events such as the main Clan

gathering,rebuilding of the Clan Castle, news from archives or museums; and notices of Clan gatherings and meetings from the

official regional and international Clan Associations are also encouraged.

Here are a few guidelines that will help make this message board easier to use and more productive and efficient for

everyone. The originators of the clan resources tried something different that takes advantage of the online threading

capability that Rootsweb developed in these message boards. If you notice, you can actually change the method of viewing from

dates or threads. Since the threads are now online and live with an interactive url, they can then be referenced in your own

web pages and email messages. It was thought this was a significant step forward in genealogy posting and information


A: Please post under one of the Main Topics / Threads.

The reason is to keep the topics organized and easier to find among the many posts that will be coming in. This
provides some degree of organization. You will then also be able to post a URL link to that post and thread.
So if you are a secretary for an association for instance and you have a thread under that category, then you can
post that thread and refer to that link in your newsletters etc. If you are interested in certain Castles, then start that

thread and then create a sub thread for that unique castle.

B: If you don't see an appropriate Topic or thread please feel free to create a Topic, then identify the purpose of that

topic and then do your reply to that thread. An example might be either Castles or Family. Start that thread, then the sub
topic or name. The originators of the clan resources suggested the following:

These threads include:
1: Admin /General
2: History
3: Offical Society and Associations notices
4: Official Clan Website
5: Official Clan Newsletter
6: Clan Gathering or meetings
7: Chieftain Notices
8: Tartans
9: Castles (sub threads)
10: Heraldry & Coats of Arms -- (there's no such thing as a "family crest")
11: Archives or Museums with Clan Info
12: Ancestors (sub threads) -- strict guidelines are enforced -- see admin note re genealogical posts to clan resources
13: Culture items
14: Septs or Associated Families
15: Scottish Clan DNA Projects

C: Notifications are available. . . The big advantage of these is that you can get a notification of ALL messages to
each message board that you are interested in (Great Time Saver).

We'll look forward to seeing your posts and discussions for this land of Glens and Bens.

Yours Aye,

Lauren M. Boyd, FSA Scot
Clan Abercromby Board and List Admin

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