Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Posting to PRA Blogs, Discussion Boards, Mail Lists, Forums & Social Pages

The PRA committed itself many years ago to a strong Internet presence.  Our primary presence is our website at www.PenningtonResearch.org.  But did you know there are many other locations on the web to communicate and share information with PRA Members and Pennington Researchers?

To help you find your way around these blogs, discussion boards, mail lists, forums and social pages, here is a list with links and a brief description.

· PRA website News (blog):  http://www.penningtonresearch.org/News_Blog.  Open to the public to read but only PRA Members can post a message or a comment.  There is an RSS Feed available.

· PRA blog (Google):  http://praresearch.blogspot.com/.  Open to the public to read.  Anybody can post a comment to an existing message but it is moderated and must be approved before it is posted.  There are a few approved contributors who can post a message or a comment without requiring an approval from the blog moderator.  There is an RSS Feed available.

· PRA website Discussion Board:  http://www.penningtonresearch.org/Discussion.  Open to the public to read but only PRA Members can post a message or a comment.  There is an  RSS Feed available.

· PRA mail list hosted by Rootsweb.com:   E-mail messages to:  pra@rootsweb.com.  Open to the public to read but to receive and/or post a message, you must “join” (subscribe) to the mail list.  To learn how, go to http://www.penningtonresearch.org/Mail_List.

· Pennington Surname mail list hosted by Rootsweb.com:  E-mail messages to:  PENNINGTON-L-request@rootsweb.com.  Open to the public to read but to receive and/or post a message, you must “join” (subscribe) to the mail list. 

· Pennington Board on Genealogy.com:  http://genforum.genealogy.com/pennington/.  Open to the public to read but to receive and/or post a message, you must “join” (subscribe).

· Pennington Surname Message Boards hosted by RootsWeb.com at  http://boards.rootsweb.com/surnames.pennington/mb.ashx.  Open to the public to read but to receive and/or post a message, you must “join” (subscribe).  Includes queries, obituaries, deeds, land records, Bible records and more.

· FamilySearch Forums – Pennington Social Group:  http://forums.familysearch.org/en/group.php?groupid=143.  Open to the public to read and/or post a comment.  There is an RSS Feed available.

· PRA Members only website hosted by MyFamily.com:  Login to www.MyFamily.com to Pennington Research Association website.  Access is restricted to PRA Members only so you have to have a user name and password.  Once you login, you can post news items, publish your family tree, pictures and share files such as your family history.

· PRA Facebook Page:  www.facebook.com/PenningtonResearchAssociation:  Open to the public to read but only “friends” of our page can post a comment, picture or a video.  To become a “friend” you just click on the “like” button on the page.

To learn more about blogs, check out this link on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog.

Did you know that many of these offer you a special service known as RSS Feeds?  These RSS Feeds make it very simple for you to keep up to date on messages and discussions posted to a specific blog, discussion board, forum or a social page.

To learn more about RSS Feeds, check out this link on Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS

I hope this helps.  Remember, the more you communicate and share, the more you will receive!