To all people in the lists...
Again and again I feel frustrated when I don't get an answer to my emails.
In a German list I found a very nice hint:
...CAPITALIZE always each FamilyName (not FirstName) appearing in your text by the first time .....
...ie. Peter POMMERENING got married to Bertha Luise HOLLBERG. One son immigrated to the USA. He married Jane MYERS of Oskosh, WI..
while Wilhelm Pommerening never immigrated......
Please ask yourself, whereto your eyes will focus when reading an email? The answer is: to words VARYING FROM STANDARD, to a DIFFERENT or UNUSUAL APPEARANCE. (Don't use colours, italics or bold face as not all users have the ability).
In the lists there are lots of researchers receiving up to 100 emails a day. Do you really beleave that they all read what you have put down, and if so, do they than have time left to answer? I beleave not. Meanwhile I have raised my hit rate extremly by using the above hint.
When I look for a MAIN NAME in a family, I just put the FamilyName appearing the first time in capital letters. The same procedure when I look for PLACE NAMENS.
I learned that some people in the USA use capitalization of names only if they want to express if/that the person is something negative???....You may explaine to me please. Here in Germany this does not apply and as I know in other European countries neither. We are living in a global world and use Internet therefor things should be done more professional helping all of us in Europe, the U.S.A and R.O.W.
Let me hear about your view of this subject?
Uwe G. (POMMERENING)
I search for POMMERENING, BRANDT, DONNER, DOERR.