PEERY COUSINS ONLINE
- PCO MEMBERSHIP
Processing of requests for membership in Peery Cousins Online have
been completed. New members have been listed in the confidential
PCO Directory and the Internet distribution list. Welcoming
messages have been sent to each new member, requesting information
for the Directory. As the information is received, it will be entered.
The next Directory, to be dated October 31, 1999, will be distributed
to PCO members in four parts: A-D, E-M, N-R, S-Z.
[Wed, October 27, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS
Peery Family History and Peery Cousins Online now have a new e-mail
Please make note of it. This address replaces all previous e-mail
[Wed, October 27, 1999 -- PDPeery]
Peery Cousins Online has been on hold since last May. I am currently in
transition, relocating to another state. PCO membership requests have
been received and will be processed in due course. There is much
information to be added to the Peery Family History Home Page, which will
be done down the road. Those who have contributed content for the Web
site need to know that the data is appreciated, but time restraints have
slowed the processing.
Due to mergers and acquisitions and competitive services provided by
Internet Service Providers, the selection of a permanent ISP is under
review. We expect to end up with either EarthLink or MindSpring, two ISPs
I have been testing that have announced a signed definitive agreement
to merge. I am member of USAA and may lean in that direction for their
Thank you for your continued patience during this transitional period.
[Thur, October 14, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- DIRECTORY and NEWSLETTER
Maintenance changes will likely result in September being the time for
sending out an updated set of the Peery Cousins Directory and
renewing the periodic distribution of the Peery Cousins Newsletter
[Sun, August 15, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- E-MAIL ADDRESS CHANGED
Effective today, I have a new E-mail address:
Today, I finished replacing the old address wherever it was located
in my Web site, the Peery Family History Home Page. Now all I
have to do is to move via FTP all the files at my ISP being discontinued
to my new ISP, Earthlink Sprint. No small task.
[Sun, August 15, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- E-MAIL ADDRESSES BOUNCED
The following PCO e-mail addresses bounced today:
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, and email@example.com . Please advise of
corrections, or replacements.
[Mon, May 24, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- LDS FAMILY SEARCH NOW ONLINE
The world's largest family history collection made its debut on the
Internet today. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is
making nearly 400 million names of deceased people available at its new
FamilySearch World Wide Web
site. There are links to census, military, immigration and legal records,
and many other sources. The FamilySearch site is Church-subsidized.
International Business Machines Corp. is hosting the Web site and supplying
the computer hardware to operate it.
For further information see:
Yahoo Daily News,
Lake Tribune, and MSNBC.
[Mon, May 24, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO NEWSLETTER 5-3
Peery Cousins Newsletter Online, No. 5-3, dated May 15, 1999, was
broadcast to PCO members today.
[Sat, May 15, 1999 -- P.D. Peery, Editor/Publisher; P.L. Boyer Production
- PCO NEWSLETTER 5-2
The second issue of the Newsletted in 1999 was distributed to PCO members
on Sun, May 2, 1999, using 192 e-mail addresses in the PCO Internet
Distribution List. About 9 addresses bounced (4.69%). P.L. Boyer,
Production Editor, assembled the bulk of Issue 5-2, dated April 30, 1999.
I added content and fine tuned it. Those wishing to submit queries and
information for publication in a future issue may send them to either
of us. With PCO membership nearing two-hundred, the outreach is not
insignificant. Members are encouraged to communicate directly with one
[Revised - Sat, May 15, 1999 -- P.D. Peery, Editor/Publisher]
- PCO DIRECTORY
The new Directory, divided into four segments, will be needing a fifth
segment to maintain balance for file byte size (about 25K) and pages (7 to
8). This is better for printouts. The information added has been tightly
entered in order to save space in ASCII format. Some PCO members will be
reformatting the Directory using their word processor. After printing,
some may find it helpful to use color markers to highlight information. I
use six different colors for this purpose.
[Thur, April 29, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO NEWSLETTER 5-1 SENT
Peery Cousins Newletter Online, Vol. 5, No. 1, dated April 1, 1999,
with a file size of approximately 49k, was broadcast to PCO members
today. All members with good e-mail addresses, as listed in the
recently updated PCO Internet Distribution List, should have received a
copy. This the first of periodic issues to be distributed during 1999.
If any member knows of another member who did not receive the issue,
please let him/her know to send me an e-mail message to ensure I have the
current/correct e-mail address.
[Fri, April 16, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- SAMUEL W. KEYS
Samuel W. Keys, son of S.W. and Katherine Peery Keys of Glade Spring,
Washington County, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 1999, in
Sun City, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Keys. Nephew Andy
Mark is a member of PCO; his brother, Steven Mark, is a former member.
Sam descends from Thomas Peery (#1), who emigrated from Scotland/Ireland
and settled in Virginia in 1740-42.
[Mon, April 12, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO DIRECTORY NO. 60 SENT
Today, the four divisional segments of the updated confidential Peery
Cousins Directory will have been distributed to all PCO members who
have good e-mail accounts. The Internet Distribution List is currently
in operation. If any PCO member has not received the set of Directories
sent from April 8 through today, your e-mail address is not in the
Internet Distributuion List. Send me an e-mail to let me know so I can
correct it. If you did not respond to the Roll Call, you may be
removed for that reason, regardless. We now have approximately 180
membership listings, which takes a lot of time to manage.
[Sun, April 11, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO DIRECTORY No. 60
The reshaping of and entering data to the expanded Peery Cousins Directory
has resulted in dividing the Directory into four parts, divided
alphabetically -- A-D, E-M, N-R, S-Z. The file size for each segment
will be in the 20k to 25k range. The first segment, A-D, will be
distributed in the next few days, to be followed by the other segments
as they are completed. Information from the Roll Call will be
included. In some cases, the data received has been extensive. Only
direct lines will be included in the Directory for space reasons. The
Newsletter will be used to distribute much of the other information.
The Directory is expcted to be of value to PCO members in assisting
them in their family history and genealogical research.
[Thu, April 8, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- FOLLOW-UP on BOUNCED E-MAILS
Any PCO member who did not receive the e-mail message sent on Wed, April
1, 1999, with the subject heading "PCO Administration 1", has a bad e-mail
address and needs to send a replacement to me. Without a good e-mail
address, the member will be removed from the Directory. Such member can
be reinstated by submitting a good e-mail address.
[Sat, April 3, 1999 -- PDPeery]
From our backlog, fifteen new members have been welcomed during the past
several weeks. Invitations have been sent to several more. As a
result of the e-mail ping test on April 1, some ten e-mails were bad
and bounced. Member names associated with the bounced e-mails will be
removed from the confidential Directory. On balance, membership remains
in the 180 range.
[Sat, April 3, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO NEWSLETTER Vol. 5, No. 1
We are about to broadcast the first issue of the Peery Cousins
Newsletter Online for 1999. Issues will be periodic this year.
Volunteer time is not available for bi-weekly issues. Publication
requires an Editor who can spend the long hours required.
[Fri, April 2, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PING TEST
Today a ping test was sent to all PCO members to check for bad e-mail
addresses in the PCO Internet distribution list. Approximately 180
persons are listed. Fifteen to twenty e-mail addresses are expected to
bounce, which means either the e-mail account has been closed, or it
is not accurate in our distribtuion list. Unless a replacement is provided
for a bounced e-mail address, the member listing will be removed from the
confidential Peery Cousins Directory.
[Thu, April 1, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- FIRST QUARTER 1999 ENDS
First Quarter 1999 ends tonight, March 31, 1999. It has been a period
during which changes and administrative adjustments have been made in
the operations of Peery Cousins Online. No communications have been
broadcast to PCO members during this time. These will resume in April,
beginning with a ping test to check for accuracy in member e-mail
addresses. E-mail addresses are needed as our organization functions
on the Internet.
[Wed, March 31, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PEERY.L Mailing List on ListBot
PEERY.L was created on InternetExchange's ListBot during the week of
March 16, 1999. Those who had subscribed to PEERY-L during the past two
years have been invited to join this new semi-automated, moderated mailing
list. The purpose is to share Family History and Genealogy information
with subscribers. Archived messages are a feature. It is not a
membership organization, and is operated under the Peery Family History
umbrella. Anyone interested may learn more about it by clicking on PEERY-L
just below the Announcement listing on this home page. (Press your back
button to return to it.) There is a link in PEERY-L taking you directly
to the PEERY.L (New) Web site. PEERY-L (Old) and PEERY.L (New) are two
separate names serving their own purpose. PEERY-L messages are located
in the Peery Family History Home Page. PEERY.L messages are located on a
separate Web site.
[Thur, March 25, 1999 -- PDPeery]
- PCO CALENDAR - FIRST QUARTER 1999
Peery Cousins Online is undergoing an administrative transition, moving
toward upgrading its organization and publications. The tentative schedule
is as follows:
- PCO Roll Call - Dec 20, 1998 through January 31, 1999. This was
to gather information for and to ensure accuracy in the confidential PCO
Directory listings. Reasonable response time was allowed for those
traveling, or otherwise away from home during the Roll Call period.
We needed information requested. The response to the Roll Call was
only fair. Many PCO members ignored it. Records have been checked for
past information. Default may result in any non-responsive member being
removed from PCO rolls. Volunteers maintain PCO. Members who cannot
spend time to respond to a Roll Call appear to lack interest.
- PCO Confidential Directory - March 31, 1999 - Will reflect
response to the Roll Call. Restructuring allows for expanded, more
informative content. The Directory is tightly presented, divided into four
alphabetical groupings because of size. It is the control document for PCO
operations. This Directory will not be dividend into family groupings
as previously planned. This reflects the Roll Call response.
- PCO Internet Distribution List - This is being coordinated
and matched with the updated PCO Directory.
- PCO Newsletter Online - Subject to the response to the Roll
Call, the presentation was to have been restructured into two formats:
1) HTML and 2) Plain Text (ASCII). HTML allows the use of graphics, color
and sound, much like a Web site. Plain Text is what we have been using.
There are insufficient PCO members with HTML capability, obviating the
plan to develop an HTML version of the Newsletter. Time does not allow
running parallel issues. This goes on the back burner.
Bi-weekly issues can no longer be produced. In the future, the Newsletter
will be distributed periodically when ready, with no set time frame.
Consideration has been given to shutting it down until such time as a new
Editor becomes available. There is no prospect, nor is there any assurance
such person will ever become available. Editor is a demanding position
for a volunteer, requiring commitment and devotion to the task. While we
recognize there is sufficient PCO member interest to keep it going, the
question is who will do it?
The first 1999 issue, Vol. 5, No. 1, is scheduled to be distributed on
or about March 1, 1999, or when the Internet distribution list is ready,
as mentioned above.
- New Members - New members have not been processed on a
regular basis during the First Quarter transition period as planned. They
are to be included in the new Directory, however.
Upon completion of these improvements and developments, it is expected
that PCO will be positioned with refined service capability to its
members. What can be offered to members is subject to volunteers. For
those interested, details are presented below at PCO Expanson -
Call for Volunteers.
[Thur, March 25, 1999 - Paul D. Peery, President, Peery Cousins
- GENEALOGY BOOK: VIRGINIA CONNECTIONS
Judy B. Anderson, member of PCO, has published over many years editions of
her compiled work, Virginia
Connections: A Genealogical History of the Thompson-Ward Family
Originating in Southwest Virginia (Bountiful, Utah: Family History
Publishers, 1992), 832 pages, with index. Hardbound. The book is a
revision and enlargement of two earlier books: Virginia
Connections - 1722 to 1986, and Virginia Connections II.
Copies of the book are available for purchase from the author/compiler.
The regular price is $60.00, including shipping and handling. Those who
mention seeing this announcement and members of PCO will be given a 15
percent discount, with a price of $51.00, including shipping and handling.
Contact: Judy B. Anderson
[Thur, Jan 7, 1999 - PDPeery]
- PEERY COUSINS DIRECTORY NO. 57
The next issue of the confidential Peery Cousins Directory will
contain expanded information, condensed into a new format. PCO
member listings will be grouped into five sections. Four will be for
those descending from the four immigrant Scots-Irish Peery brothers
-- John, Thomas, James and George (all #1) --, plus a general fifth
category for those descending from other Peerys, or otherwised not
identified with an early Peery.
The new directory will reflect the information provided by members
responding to the current Roll Call, now in progress, which will continue
through January 31, 1999 to allow for those traveling during this time of
[Sun, Jan 3, 1999 - PDPeery]
- ROLL CALL and QUESTIONNAIRE
On Sun, Dec 20, 1998 a Roll Call was distributed to PCO members, now in
progress. The purpose is to confirm continued interest by individual
members in Peery Cousins Online, to upgrade the information in the
confidential Peery Cousins Directory, and to prepare for upgraded
formatting of the Newsletter. If members have any questions regarding the
Roll Call, please contact
Roll Call Editor.
Consideration is being given to grouping in the Directory those PCO
members having a Peery connection to John, Thomas, James and George (all
#1). A fifth category will be used for those who have been unable to
establish a connection to one of these four Scots-Irish immigrant
brothers. The current Roll Call requests your connection all the way down
to you. Once reorganized and tightly expanded, it is believed the
Directory will become more useful as a working research tool. This should
enable members to identify for contacting those with similar interests.
We also wish to recognize Peery connections beyond the four brothers.
Maintaining an active, viable, interested membership with emphasis placed
upon individual Peery research needs is our ongoing plan. The creation of
separate Internet Distribution Lists appropriate for both HTML and Plain
Text issues of the Newsletter are also underway. Development will take
place during 1999.
In further preparation for upgrading our publications and maintaining an
interested membership, during the first quarter 1999 a Questionnaire will
be distributed to PCO members. The results will lead to furthering our
plans for improvements, currently on the drawing board for 1999. Our
publications and services will reflect the response. PCO is growing, open
to new members. Volunteers are needed to support our activities.
[Fri, Jan 1, 1999 - PDPeery]
- SPECIAL NEWSLETTER SUPPLEMENTS 1 & 2
Today, two special supplements containing the genealogical research by
Judy B. Anderson were distributed by e-mail to PCO members. These files
contain extensive information on her Peery connections. The
author/compiler is a member of PCO. She has published over many years,
editions of her work "Virginia Connections." Copies of the book are
available for purchase from her at Anderson Books
[Thur, Dec 31, 1998 - PDPeery]
- PCO EXPANSION - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
PCO would like to expand its coverage as a benefit to members. Opportunities
are now available to PCO members who wish to become more involved in the
organization. We are hoping those who have desired, or offered to help
can find in the following list a position meaningful to them. Contact
directly with the person named is suggested to those with a specific
interest. This is an initial, flexible list, subject to change. We are not
limited to it. There is no assurance, that all of these positions will be
Peery Cousins Directory and Membership
Volunteers would work with Paul D. Peery, President
- Member Coordinator - A-C - (29)>br>
- Member Coordinator - D-K - (22)
- Member Coordinator - L-O - (29)
- Member Coordinator - Peery (only) - (40)
- Member Coordinator - P-S - (26)
- Member Coordinator - T-Z - (21)
- Current Membership - Total 170
Contact: Paul D.
Peery Cousins Newsletter Online
Volunteers would work with Penny L. Boyer, Production Director
- Production Editor - Thomas Peery #1 - Coordinate/Format Messagaes
- Production Editor - James Peery #1 - Coordinate/Format Messages
- Production Editor - George Peery #1 - Coordinate/Format Messages
- Production Editor - John Peery #1 - Coordinate/Format Messages
- Features Editor - Develop/Coordinate/Format Series (e.g.
Contact: P.L. Boyer
Volunteers would work with S. Paul Peery, VP Research
- Research Associate - Thomas Peery #1 - Coordinate Research
- Research Associate - James Peery #1 - Coordinate Research
- Research Associate - George Peery #1 - Coordinate Research
- Research Associate - John Peery #1 - Coordinate Research
- Research Associate - Special Assignments
- Research Associate - Assignments of Choice
Contact: S. Paul Peery
[Fri, Dec 4, 1998 - PDPeery]
- OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS
PCO will soon announce assignment opportunities available for volunteers.
Needed are members who desire to become more involved in our organization.
With volunteer assistance, PCO can maintain and increase the depth of
services to members in 1999.
If you are interested in taking on the responsibility of a choice of
assignments for 1999, please let me know via e-mail. It could take
some of your time. Time, of course, is a limiting factor in all that we
do. Participation through service, however, can be gratifying to the
[Mon, Nov 30, 1998 -- Paul
Thanksgiving Day Song - To Grammas House
Thanksgiving Day Song - Little Turkey in the Straw
Thanksgiving Day Song - We Gather Together
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to all 170 members of
Peery Cousins Online.
Paul D. Peery, President - Peery
ICQ - COMMUNICATE WITH FRIENDS IN REAL TIME
The latest version of ICQ ("I seek you"), the popular messaging program
that lets you communicate with friends and colleagues in real time is now
available for download from various sources. It is free. Over 24 million
downloads have taken place with version 98a beta 1.30, dated June 21,
1998. The full size is 1.6MB.
You can seek out friends on the ICQ network by entering their ICQ number
or their name, nickname, or email address. c|net says "ICQ is so popular
it's starting to scare us.
Peery Cousins Online has begun to initiate use of ICQ for live online
communications among its members. It was originally introduced to me last
January by Jim Brand, a PCO member, during a time when I was heavily
involved in time consuming PCO matters. Last Friday, it came to my
attention again in a current news story about ICQ that I read on the
Internet. You will be learning more about it from this Web site. For
now, I refer you to my Commentary section where I write more about it.
[Sun, Nov 15, 1998 -- PDPeery]
NET-MINDER - NOTIFICATION SERVICE
Questions regarding the use of Net-Minder have been received. This service
provides an E-mail response to registered users. They are notified
when an update occurs in the Web page. For further information, please
refer to the Whats New? section of this Home Page.
[Sun, Nov 15, 1998 -- PDPeery]
PCO NEWSLETTER NO. 4-20
Peery Cousins Newsletter Online, No. 4-20, dated October 31, 1998,
was distributed today to members of Peery Cousins Online. Joseph R.
Phelan, Editor/Publisher and Penny L. Boyer, Asst. Editor, volunteer
their time to prepare the bi-weekly issues.
Content for publication largely comes from material submitted by PCO
members. The members may be requesting assistance in their research,
helping another by responding to a query, or presenting material that
may be useful to others. The Newsletter has proven to be an important
benefit for members of Peery Cousins Online.
The purpose of PCO from its founding on September 1, 1994 with seven
members has been to share information among those with similar
genealogical and family history interests. The focus was on the PEERY
surname, with membership limited to those having a Peery connection. On
December 31, 1994, the Newsletter was begun as a medium to pass along
information to the membership and to stimulate activity. Starting from
scratch, the publication grew to became recognized early on and has
succeeded in carrying out its purpose.
Joseph Phelan and Penny Boyer will be completing a full year of
publication on December 31, 1998. What will happen thereafter has yet to
be determined. Since it is volunteer work, there is a need for commitment
on those taking part in its publication. They have committed for 1998. A
review of the situation for 1999 is in order, including what might be done
to improve the Newsletter. If you wish to become part of the Newsletter
team, contact Joseph Phelan or Penny Boyer.
Among other things, it has been suggested that the Newsletter be published
on the Internet by being placed in this Peery Family History Home
Page where four sample issues have been presented for some time. They
are located in the Peery Cousins Online section of this Web site.
Constructive comments and suggestions are welcomed by the management.
[Mon, Nov 2, 1998 -- PDPeery]
PEERY COUSINS DIRECTORY NO. 55
Directory No. 55, dated November 2, 1998, was distributed to PCO members
today. Membership has increased to 162, representing 37 states and 3
foreign countries. Information is needed to complete listings for some
PCO members. Send updates of listings to Joseph R. Phelan. His
e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
[Mon, Nov 2, 1998 -- Paul D. Peery, President, Peery Cousins Online]
PCO NEWSLETTER BACK ISSUES - 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 -
Members of Peery Cousins Online desiring to have all back issues of
Newsletters have the option of sending (DOS formatted) 1.44MB DS/HD 3.5"
diskettes, or one 100MB ZIP disk in an appropriate disk mailer, with
return postage, to: Peery Family History, P.O. Box 58195,
Salt Lake City, UT 84158
The diskettes or disk will be loaded with ASCII (plain text) files, using
DOS format. Members who send a MAC formatted disk will receive back a DOS
formatted disk. The disks will be prepared and returned as time permits.
Many PCO members have taken advantage of the opportunity to obtain back
issues of the Newsletter. For those editing them in a word processor, it
may be helpful to know that setting your margins to L14, R14 may let you
see the ASCII format in good form. A readme file will be included with
the Newsletter files.
[Fri, Jan 1, 1999 -- PDPeery]
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