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Calvinadage Newsletter (July 2001)


CALVINADAGE

Newsletter of the Portuguese of the West Indies website on Rootsweb

Issue One

28 July, 2001

Published irregularly at the whim (a.k.a. vaps) of the site owners.

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If you are receiving this newsletter, you are subscribed to the Portuguese of the West Indies (PoWI) Mailing List, or left comments on the site Guestbook (or because we think you might be interested!).

We'd like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all of you who've sent in ideas, feedback, very constructive criticism, and questions and queries, and to thank you for all your support and encouragement!

Please send us an e-mail if you do not wish to receive this newsletter.

CONTENTS

1. Welcome to Our First Issue!

2. Our Feature Article

3. Guestbook vs. Message Board and the Mailing List

4. Search Function Now Available

5. New Content Galore

6. Future Plans

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WELCOME TO OUR FIRST ISSUE!

They say that if you want a job done, give it to the busiest person. Well, sometimes that's true, sometimes it's not! Dean and Jo-Anne have finally been able to come together again after quite some time (Jo-Anne was in Brazil for 6 months, and Dean's been studying), so it's a real pleasure to be able to send you our very first newsletter.

We are aiming towards realising our goal of being a centre and a portal for the history and genealogy of those Portuguese and their descendants wherever they settled in our beautiful Caribbean region.

There are lots of new additions and features to our site, and we hope you find them useful and interesting. Read on for more details!

Enjoy this first issue, and we will be sending out our newsletter whenever we have major updates and improvements. We look forward to your feedback!

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FEATURE ARTICLE

Please visit Sr. Menezes' article "Some preliminary thoughts on Portuguese emigration from Madeira to British Guiana," Stabroek 7th May 2000: http://www.guyanaca.com/special/portuguese.html

In this section, we will host a variety of features articles from a number of different writers.

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GUESTBOOK vs. MESSAGE BOARD and the MAILING LIST GUESTBOOK vs. MESSAGE BOARD

The Guestbook at PoWI is intended for visitors to post comments and/or suggestions related to the site. In our experience, very few people actually visit the Guestbook. Therefore, if you want to post a question, or simply list your research interests so that others can make contact with you, the Message Board is a much better option. The board is searchable throughout all of Rootsweb, unlike the Guestbook. The address is: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=localities.caribbean.portuguese

You are required to sign up for a free account in order to post to the boards. We try to clear the boards of non-relevant posts on a regular basis. For your convenience, you can also select an option to have notifications of new messages delivered to your e-mail address.

MAILING LIST

The PoWI Mailing List is another free service we offer. The list is set up so that subscribers can send messages to all the members of the list by sending a message to a single address. Join the PORTUGUESE-WESTINDIES mailing list by sending an e-mail to: PORTUGUESE-WESTINDIES-L-request@rootsweb.com, or (for the digest list) PORTUGUESE-WESTINDIES-D-request@rootsweb.com and put the word "subscribe" in the message body. Further instructions about how to use the service will automatically be sent to you at that time.

The archives of the mailing list can be found at: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/PORTUGUESE-WESTINDIES, and they can be searched from: http://searches2.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/listse