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A benefit of having mailing list gateways is that the archives of the mailing lists are available, and they are a great resource to be found by those who come along in the future. RootsWeb's founder, Brian Leverich, has archived newsgroup messages from before the time the lists were formed, and they are part of the searchable databases.

 There are other archives - at Deja and probably other places, but none is as complete. Search engines on RootsWeb have made it easy for us to retrieve what has been posted. That is going to include the good, the bad and the ugly, however, as newsgroups are anarchies and some participants sometimes behave badly. All told, though, the accumulated information is rather impressive.

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General Interest Newsgroups
soc.genealogy.misc   General genealogical discussions.
soc.genealogy.computing   Genealogical computing & net resources.
soc.genealogy.marketplace   Genealogy services and products.
soc.genealogy.medieval    Genealogy in the period from roughly AD500 to AD1600.
soc.genealogy.methods   Genealogical methods and resources. (Moderated)


Ethno-Geographic Newsgroups
soc.genealogy.african    Genealogy of Africa and the African Diaspora. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.australia+nz    Australia, New Zealand, and their territories.
soc.genealogy.benelux    Genealogy in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg
soc.genealogy.britain    Genealogy in Great Britain and the islands.
soc.genealogy.french   Francophone genealogy.
soc.genealogy.german    Family history including a German background.
soc.genealogy.hispanic    Genealogy relating to Hispanics.
soc.genealogy.ireland    Genealogy in Ireland (both North and South).
soc.genealogy.italian    Italian genealogy and family heraldry.
soc.genealogy.jewish   Jewish genealogy. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.nordic    Genealogy in Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
soc.genealogy.slavic   Genealogy of Slavic peoples.
soc.genealogy.west-indies   Genealogy of the West Indies.


Surnames - seven connected soc.genealogy.surnames.* newsgroups   Surnames queries central database. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.britain   Surnames queries - Great Britain. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.canada   Surnames queries - Canada. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.german   Surnames queries - German speaking countries. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.ireland   Surnames queries - Ireland & Northern Ireland. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.misc   Surnames - regions not covered elsewhere. (Moderated)
soc.genealogy.surnames.usa   Surnames queries - USA. (Moderated)


alt.genealogy  General Genealogy - all topics

Other genealogy newsgroups(not ready yet)
fr.rec.genealogie  Francophone Genealogy - all topics - in French

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