Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tapping Local Knowledge: Yahoogroups

This morning I received an email from th Verviers_bonne-ville Yahoogoup announce the upload of yet another treasure provided by the dedication of Christine Smolders.  A few years ago she set out to make available indexes to Belgian Civil Registers for the Verviers area of Belgium.

She has had some help but has done most of the work on her own.
Here is a list of the towns for which you will find indexes in their Files folder online:
- Basse Bodeux
- Dison
- Ensival
- Heusy
- Hodimont
- Jalhay
- LaGleize
- Lambermont
- Malmedy
- Montzen
- Moresnet
- Neufchateau (Dalhem)
- Nockin
- Olne
- Polleur
- Petit-Rechain
- Rahier
- Sart-lez-Spa
- Spa
- Stembert
- Stoumont
- Theux
There are also other files uploaded among which images of area registers submitted by Marie-Josee Deroanne and maps by Pierre Nisin.

This morning the message announced the upload of a file on births recorded between 1813 and 1822 in Sart-lez-Spa.  The message is in French as it is the main language used by that group but as we have talked about before, don't let that deter you from checking it out.  Google Translate  will give you a basic understanding of the message even though it is not likely going to be perfect.  There are other translating sites online such as World Lingo, Free Translation, Yahoo Babel Fish, not necessarily in this order.  Of late I have used Google Translate more but I want to make sure to reiterate that if you plan to use these translation programs, you need to make sure the person you are trying to communicate with  knows how you are doing so.

Anyway, back to this morning's email.
Because I subscribe to the Verviers_bonne_ville Yahoogroup, and have linked my email address to a Yahoo ID, all I need to do is click on the link in the message below to access the file.

From: Verviers_bonne_ville@yahoogroupes.fr
Subject: [Verviers_bonne_ville] Nouveau fichier sur Verviers_bonne_ville
To: Verviers_bonne_ville@yahoogroupes.fr
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:04 AM
Veuillez noter qu'un fichier a été envoyé au groupe Verviers_bonne_ville.
En voici les caractéristiques :
Fichier : /SART-lez-SPA Naissances 1813-1822.pdf
Envoyé par : chsmolders <fachg-hurlet@scarlet.be>
Description :
Pour accéder à ce fichier, allez sur :

Linking your email address to a Yahoo ID is common to ALL Yahoogroups.
It works the same way to access our group's files or photo albums or archived messages.
It is easy and safe, and very much self-explanatory but requires your following their steps nonetheless.
Most if all it is usually well worth your trouble.  This Verviers_bonne_ville group has a lot of information available to their group members and it is the case with most groups.

Sometimes it is not easy to find the groups however so we have begun a list under LINKS on our webpage: 

You will find that there are groups for every Province of Belgium but also some for specific professions and interests such as the following: 

Plagues and Daily Life of our Ancestors:  


About POWs and otherwise deported people:

About Military History and records:

About Traveling people like Circus people, singers, and all sorts of other professions:

Remember that these groups offer free help or at least an opportunity for free advice.
Although there is always a chance you will find a professional genealogist that may give you his price, most of the help offered here is offered in good will and although nobody ever requires thanks, these are always welcomed and usually ensure that other researchers who follow you will also be helped.
Because of this, offering your help in return is appreciated all the more.
You might not be able to render service to group where you found help but you would definitely be able to help with a group local to you.

Till next time!  Have fun!