Saturday, December 27, 2008

December 27, 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails with our newsletter today (Sign-in at to access Archives). This is our fifth newsletter during December, and you'll love the new photographs!

Thank you for being receptive to using PDF files (FAQ here), and sending encouraging messages about our newsletters. Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails today with our newsletter (Sign-in at to access Archives). As suggested, we are starting to use Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF files to distribute our newsletters because PDF is the standard for electronic documents (FAQ). Many documents you download from web sites are readily available as PDF files. You've probably seen the logo (right) on other web sites. Several of you have written or phoned to say you agree PDF is an easier format, especially when dealing with multiple photographs and clipart. This means we can each continue using the software of our choice, and still be able to open each other's file attachments. Hurrah!

You may download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader, and when registering your copy, you may choose to allow the vendor to automatically update your software.

Download Adobe Reader here. Thank you for taking time to contribute content and provide your feedback.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 20, 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails today with our newsletter and PC Security Basics (Sign-in at to access Archives). As we've been asked to moderate the amount of content we send in a single Email and attached file, we'll be sending one or more other newsletters this month. Thank you for all of your messages and phone calls with newsletter content. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2008

December 12, 2008 Newsletter

Don't miss this newsletter! In it (access Archives when you Sign-in at the bottom of, you'll meet our newest family member and enjoy some photos of one family group's reunion last month. Also, sign-in at for excellent recipes to make Four Cheese Pâté and Fresh Fruit Salad.

Please send items for our next newsletter before 6pm ET on December 21, 2008. We'll send the Emails December 21 or 22, 2008. For our January 2009 address book, please send your changes by December 29, 2008. We'll send the address book around January 4, 2009.

  • When sending photos for publication, please include the event, date, and name and relationship of each person in the photos (we have a big family). Also, please include the place and photographer.
  • On January 15, 2009, we'll start using PDF files when sending attachments to our extended family communications.
  • You'll need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software here to open PDF file (FAQ here).    
Happy holidays!

Please enjoy these recipes on our public blog:
Four Cheese Pâté

Last Updated February 8, 2012

Please Sign-up for family-only news and Contact us with your favorite recipes.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

FAQ about our Newsletters -- Updated Jan 12, 2012

Will I get tweets?
Updated 1/12/2012
A: You may like our occasional public tweets (announcement); you'll find us @BigFamilyNews. We're open to the suggestion that we also send private tweets (here), so send us your Twitter account to participate. Here's our Contact Form, or "Email the author" below. 

In Twitter, we can send direct messages to anyone who follows us @BigFamilyNews.  

How do I sign-up for family news web feeds?
Updated 1/12/2012
A: We are using Google's FeedBurner on Blogger for our public web feeds. On the right side of those pages, and for example, look for "Subscribe in a reader" link with the RSS logo (sample below). Select, and on the next page, you will be able to choose from popular web-based news readers. There is no charge. Subscribe in a reader now.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

December 7, 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails with our newsletter today (Sign-in at to access Archives), and there's lots to read about Thanksgiving and recent birthdays. As soon as photo identifications are resolved, we'll send more news (read more). As requested, we're holding our monthly calendar for a few more additions. We expect the calendar will be ready in just a few days.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

November 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails today with our newsletter and monthly calendar (Sign-in at to access Archives). As requested, we're holding the address book  until October 31, 2008, for some information to be confirmed.

When you Sign-in at, you'll find several recipes you might like to try for Thanksgiving -- Joe Froggers, Potatoes Foster, and great great grandma's Cranberry Relish.

Please send items for our next newsletter by Saturday November 15, 2008 7 pm ET. Happy Halloween!

Ready to sign-up for our Family Cookbook? Email the author below with your signature recipe(s) or favorite family menu!

Monday, September 22, 2008

October 2008 Newsletter

My goodness, what a terrific response to our newsletter request for family recipes! (Please Sign-in at to access Archives.) We sent Emails today with our newsletter and updated October calendar.

Please Sign-in at to access these recipes: Desserts (Disappearing Apple Spice Cake, Dump Cake, The Best Brownies in the World), Appetizers (Baked Garlic, Hot Onion Soufflé), Main Dishes (Chicken Casserole, Crock-Pot Stew, Macaroni & Cheese, Spicy Vegetable Chili, and Swiss Steak), and Side Dishes (Eggplant Casserole and Famous Corn Pudding). Space didn't permit, however you can Email us for fun Halloween ideas. Have a good month!

Please enjoy these recipes on our public blog:
(Disappearing) Apple Spice Cake
Chicken Casserole
Dump Cake
Macaroni and Cheese
Spicy Vegetable Chili
The Best Brownies in The World

To share our private Family Cookbook, Sign-up with your signature recipe(s) or favorite family menu!

Links Updated February 12, 2013

Monday, September 15, 2008

September 15, 2008 Address Book

We sent Emails today with an updated address list. Thank you for sending your updates. For details, please Sign-in at the bottom of

Sunday, August 24, 2008

September 2008 Newsletter

It's our sixth consecutive monthly issue, and family news has lots of back-to-school, sports, and theater updates this month (Sign-in at to access Archives).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Calendar Format

We sent Emails today with a draft calendar for events in September through December 2008. Please continue sending additional events and corrections. We'll update the 2008 calendars in successive months and redistribute them. Send feedback about the revised format, or love the preparer's selection!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

August 2008 Newsletter - Part 2

We sent a follow-up Email today containing a news item inadvertently omitted from our newsletter (archive here). Sincere apologies.

Also, we've heard some are having problems opening our Email attachments. We use the current version of Microsoft Office (presently 2007 XP). To allow time for an orderly transition, and on a temporary basis, we'll convert the files to an older version of Microsoft Word for you, if you tell us that's what you need (update). We don't know the characteristics of your computer, so if you're having problems, please tell us.

Monday, July 21, 2008

August 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails today with our August newsletter (Sign-in at to access Archives) and calendar. We appreciate and are gratified by the eagerness and energy of  Generations "3 and 4," many of whom we are meeting through our newsletters. Thank you, also, to the reliable souls who are frequently sharing news items.

Autumn is less than 2 months away. We've received the suggestion to feature "present and past" fall and Halloween photos. During these "lazy summer days," why don't we start looking for those favorite photos? Be sure to list the subject(s), age(s), year, and location.

Will you help scan photos for family members? Email the author below!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

July 2008 Newsletter

We've sent Emails today with our July 2008 newsletter (Sign-in at to access Archives). You'll find news about at least 60 relatives, and a number of recent photographs. To include your photos, please send digital files compatible with the current version of Microsoft Office (Office 2007), with the name and age of all subjects, the event, place, date, and photographer.

FAQ about resources at Workplace and School -- Updated Jan 11, 2012

We adopted these security precautions when we started sending family newsletter Emails, and consider them even more appropriate today. It's unreasonable to assume you have privacy for any of your online activities using public computers, or while you are at work or using your employer's equipment, networks, or Internet service.

Why can't I use my work email for 
family communications or web sites?
A:  Privacy is important to our family. Generally, your phone calls, emails, and Internet usage at the workplace are not private. Read about computer monitoring in the workplace. Every keystroke can be recorded and examined; read some of the ways employee Internet usage is monitored. Employers may monitor company computers and cell phones used for personal conversations. For these reasons, we choose not to use work and school e-mail accounts or equipment for exchanging family communications or accessing private family web sites. 

I don't own a personal computer. 
Can I sign-up using equipment
at school or work? 
What about public computers? 
A:  Sorry, no. We ask all relatives sharing our news exchanges to own and securely maintain a personal home computer, PDA, smartphone, iPhone or similar device, and have a home Internet Service Provider (ISP). We follow this practice because participating relatives told us they do not want their private data and images viewed or accessed from the workplace, or public computers or networks. The same is true of school or work Email accounts.

For example, and since we started sending family newsletters, we do not use computers or Internet services of schools, libraries, workplaces, hotels, libraries, universities, coffee shops, or office support centers for family matters or to access family web sites. Please respect our family's Privacy Practices.

Didn't find your question here? You might check our Library of FAQ (Who-What-When-Where-Why? format) and/or search entire blog archives for posts tagged FAQ

For more information, here's our Contact Form.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

FAQ About Us -- Updated Feb 7, 2013

What is the status of my
suggestion or question?
Revised 02/07/2013
A:  As of January 1, 2012, anyone can check our Suggestion ListIf you ask a question in Comments below any of our posts, please click the 'Subscribe By Mail' link below the comment form so that Blogger will notify you of replies.

Someone on our team will respond to relatives who include their name and personal Email when making a suggestion; we will send you updates, as appropriate. Family Subscribers can also Sign-in at the bottom of to view Tasks list.

To start brainstorming or to assemble resources, we use Help Wanted tag on our blog posts. For material To share activity and movement on suggestions, we use the SuggestionBox tag.

You'll find links to our FAQ topics at the bottom on the left side of this page. For everyone's benefit, we also tag repeated questions from different individuals FAQ.

What if I think we're related?
A:   We'd love to hear from you! Please send the names of your parents or grandparents via our Contact Form or E-mail to bigfamilywebsites-DOT-info-AT-gmail-AT-com. We'll respond promptly.

How many surnames have we identified?  
Revised 11/08/2011
A:   Our family genealogy researchers regularly make new connections. For the latest info, please identify your family relationship and use our Contact Form or send an E-mail to bigfamilywebsites-DOT-info-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

When are site/blog coordinators available?
A:  Generally evenings by E-mail. We post extended periods of unavailable time on our public calendar.

How many people are in our family?
A:   For our extended family, check census tag. We want to include you, too, so please contact us with your personal E-mail and family information. Here's our Contact Form.

How far have we researched 
our family history?
A:   The year 1750 for one family name. How about your name? Let us know via our Contact Form or Email bigfamilywebsites-[dot]-info-[at]-gmail-[dot]-com.

Who is in our family?
Updated 01/11/2012 
A:  Offspring of  M and C Doyle and their extended families. If you're interested in more about our family history, click here.

Didn't find your question here? You might check our Library of FAQ (Who-What-When-Where-Why? format) and/or search entire blog archives for posts tagged AboutUs or family history or genealogy research

For other information, here's our Contact Form.

FAQ about our Calendars -- Updated Jan 11, 2012


Are any of our calendars public?  
Updated Jan 30, 2011
A:  Yes. We have Google Calendars for project updates and performance events that anyone may view (example). To edit any of our public calendars, you need a personal Google Calendar Account, and sign-up with our calendar coordinator(s).

Why do I need Google Calendar Account?
Links Updated 1/11/2012
A:  Without a Google Calendar Account, you are unable to view our shared private family calendar. We embed that calendar on restricted web pages. Since we all desire to keep the birthday and anniversary information private (and it's a wise precaution), you must Sign-in to see it. Calendar access is separate from web sites because they're two Google products/services-- two access verifications. You need both to see the calendar on

Please create a Google Calendar Account (here) so that you can track important family events on our shared Family Calendar. Our grandparents and great grandparents are huge fans. They frequently send and ask about updates. Please post general questions/comments below, or send us an Email to ourbigfamilynews-AT-gmail-DOT-com.

Friday, May 23, 2008

June 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails with our extended family newsletter today (Sign-in at to access Archives). Our team is pleased with the growing participation and distribution list.  We're now working to add "generation 3" to our Email list. We encourage you to provide a personal Email account because the estimated hard cost of sending paper copies is a minimum of $40 to $45 per year per person. Save our trees!

Friday, April 25, 2008

May 2008 Newsletter

We sent Emails today with our May 2008 newsletter (Sign-in at to access Archives). Due to the Memorial Day weekend, items for our June 2008 newsletter are needed by Thursday May 22, 2008. "Reciprocity is the key to every relationship." This endeavor works only as long as all family members participate and contribute news and events.

Monday, April 14, 2008

April 2008 Family Newsletter

 Nearly everyone "wishes" that we keep closer communications with one another. Several of us have discussed delivery channels for family news, educational information, and traditions among our large extended family.

We sent Emails with our first extended family newsletter today (Sign-in at to access Archives). For now, news will arrive informally and ad hoc, until we ascertain active interest and participation levels. Expect discretion rather than annoyingly frequent Emails.

Project at a Glance April 14, 2008

Building on momentum started in late 2007, we strive to promote good communications within our large extended family. We aim to change our habit of exchanging news only at times of medical emergencies and funerals. We want to reconnect all branches of our large extended family, and seek to provide meaningful opportunities to learn about each other, our values and traditions. Where feasible, we'll use readily available prevailing technologies as tools. Project objectives are here.