E-mail << Genealogy and Technology <<
In addition to the Internet connections, your online service provider makes it possible for you to have e-mail, or electronic mail. Once you establish an e-mail address, it allows you to send information to other people's e-mail addresses and vice versa. People can communicate back and forth via their computers - cheaply and almost instantly.
E-mail is a great means of developing new friendships and establishing relationships with distant cousins. In fact, many relatives now use e-mail as the way they keep in touch with each other, instead of phone calls or letters. And once you find those 3rd, 4th, or 5th cousins, you can exchange not only text messages, but also images, databases and other information via attached files. All of this makes it easier and speedier to build family trees, plan reunions, and otherwise learn about your roots. When your online correspondents live in other countries, the time- and cost-saving benefits only multiply. For help on tracking down your distant cousins or others who may hold a piece of your family puzzle, go to the People-Finding Resources extra.
The information contained on this page comes from a variety of sources, but relies heavily on The Everything Family Tree Book by William G. Hartley (Adams Media, 1998) and Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide to Family History & Genealogy by Jim & Terry Willard with Jane Wilson (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997).