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Newsgroup for Genealogy in Ireland (both North and South).
One of 25 Usenet Newsgroups in the soc.genealogy hierarchy

Soc.genealogy.ireland was created in the reorganization of

NEWSGROUP: soc.genealogy.ireland

Originally voted in as

RFD Date: 21 Feb 1995
1st CFV Date: 23 May 1995
2nd CFV Date: 5 Jul 1995
Vote ended 23:59:59 UTC, 14 Jun 1995.
RESULT unmoderated group passes 1123:20 quickly became the busiest of the soc.genealogy
newsgroups, and in 1997 a proposal was made to subdivide into groups for
Great Britain and Ireland.

RFD Date: 12 May 1997
1st CFV Date: 9 Jul 1997
2nd CFV Date: 21 Jul 1997
Vote ended 23:59:59 UTC, 30 Jul 1997.
RESULT unmoderated group soc.genealogy.ireland passes 247:41

Newsgroups line:
soc.genealogy.ireland  Genealogy in Ireland (both North and South).


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RATIONALE: soc.genealogy.ireland

Many Usenet genealogists are researching family or ancestors from some part
of the United Kingdom and Ireland. The newsgroup
was originally created to cater for these researchers. The charter for
that group stated "Separate groups can be formed later if and as traffic
and interest warrant."

Traffic on is growing at about 12% per month and
is now at the point where enquiries relating to Ireland are taking up a
significant proportion (about 20%) of the volume of the postings. In
addition there is a growing demand for a split. The time now seems to be
appropriate to consider such a split.

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CHARTER: soc.genealogy.ireland

Soc.genealogy.ireland is an unmoderated group for genealogy and family
history discussion among people researching ancestors, family members,
or others who have a genealogical connection to any people in any part
of Northern Ireland and The Republic of Ireland.

The group is open to anyone with an interest in genealogy in any of
the populations in or from this area, including, but not limited to:
people who live, lived, or may have lived there; emigrants;
immigrants; and their descendants.

The scope of the group reflects the language, history, migrations, and
the realities of researching public records and genealogical data
archives, and includes questions of local customs and history, or of
regional or national history which affected the lives of these people
and which are difficult to research in the present. Posts may be in
any language but those seeking replies from a wide spectrum of readers
(or at all) would be well advised to post in English.

The focus of the group is on the genealogy of individuals, as members
of ethnic groups, and as part of migration patterns. Postings on
topics unrelated to genealogy, especially relating to current
political or religious topics are not acceptable.

Postings concerning general surnames searches are not welcome and
should be directed to the soc.genealogy.surnames.ireland newsgroup.
Postings containing MIME attachments, graphics, binary or GEDCOM
files, and program listings are also not acceptable.

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