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.