Soc.genealogy.* - Meta FAQ

Summary

This is NOT a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions - with Answers). It is a META-FAQ i.e. a place to point you to the FAQs which may be of interest to Genealogists.

This document is part of a regular series of postings which are sent to all appropriate groups and mailing lists. This particular document is posted on the 22nd of every month.

The latest version of this document is available from the following locations

If you have any comments or changes, or any suggestions for new topics to be included, or you would like to write a note for inclusion in the archive, then please contact John Woodgate, (john@woodgate.org)

Contributions by:
Warren Blatt, Pat Boren, L.M. Dyson, Margaret Olson, John Berteloot, Michael Emery, Yigal Rechtman, Craig Cockburn, Andrew Billinghurst, Tom Miller, LeeAnn Beer, William Addams Reitwiesner, Ronald Branscombe

Changes For This Version (5th July 1999)
Moved to a new server and revised the entries

Copyright and Disclaimer

Copyright (c) 1999 by John Woodgate. All rights reserved.

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Contents

  1. Basic newsgroup and mailing list "Netiquette"
  2. The Soc.genealogy.britain FAQ
  3. Advice For New Users
  4. The Genealogy Meta-Faq - A Guide To FAQs
  5. The soc.genealogy.misc FAQ
  6. Posting to soc.genealogy.surnames
  7. Commonly used place name abbreviations
  8. Queries, good and bad
  9. German surname queries
  10. WWW for soc.genealogy.surnames / GENNAM-L archives
  11. The soc.genealogy.marketplace FAQ
  12. The soc.genealogy.jewish FAQ
  13. The soc.genealogy.medieval FAQ
  14. The soc.genealogy.african FAQ
  15. The soc.genealogy.german FAQ
  16. The soc.genealogy.australia+nz FAQ
  17. Roots Surname List FAQ
  18. Professional Researchers Part 1 - England & Wales
  19. Professional Researchers Part 2 - Scotland
  20. Professional Researchers Part 3 - Ireland
  21. Professional Researchers Part 4 - Rest of the World
  22. Professional Researchers Part 5 - General Services
  23. Woodgate.org FAQ Archive Contents
  24. soc.culture.scottish FAQ
  25. alt.talk.royalty FAQ

  1. Basic newsgroup and mailing list "Netiquette"
  2. Summary
    This is a regular posting which outlines the basic newsgroup and mailing list "Netiquette" which should be followed by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.* hierarchy of newsgroups and mailing lists.
    When is it posted?
    The 1st of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.african
    • soc.genealogy.australia+nz
    • soc.genealogy.benelux
    • soc.genealogy.britain
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.german
    • soc.genealogy.hispanic
    • soc.genealogy.ireland
    • soc.genealogy.medieval
    • soc.genealogy.misc
    • soc.genealogy.nordic
    • soc.genealogy.slavic
    and to the following mailing lists
    • slovak-world
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available at the following:

  3. The Soc.genealogy.britain FAQ

    Summary
    A list of the most Frequently Asked Questions and Answers posted to and summarised from the soc.genalogy.britain newsgroup.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 10th of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.britain
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  4. Advice For New Users
  5. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of pointers and suggestions to help somebody who is approaching the subject of Genealogy for the first time. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.* newsgroup hierarchy.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 15th of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.african
    • soc.genealogy.australia+nz
    • soc.genealogy.benelux
    • soc.genealogy.britain
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.german
    • soc.genealogy.hispanic
    • soc.genealogy.ireland
    • soc.genealogy.medieval
    • soc.genealogy.misc
    • soc.genealogy.nordic
    • soc.genealogy.slavic
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  6. The Genealogy Meta-Faq - A Guide To FAQs
  7. Summary
    This is NOT a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions - with Answers). It is a META-FAQ i.e. a place to point you to the FAQs which might be of interest to Genealogists.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 22nd of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.answers
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.african
    • soc.genealogy.australia+nz
    • soc.genealogy.benelux
    • soc.genealogy.britain
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.german
    • soc.genealogy.hispanic
    • soc.genealogy.ireland
    • soc.genealogy.jewish
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    • soc.genealogy.medieval
    • soc.genealogy.misc
    • soc.genealogy.nordic
    • soc.genealogy.slavic
    • soc.genealogy.west.indies
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  8. The soc.genealogy.misc Faq
  9. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about genealogy or Family History. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.misc newsgroup or to the associated mailing list GENMSC-L.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted every 21 days.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.misc
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  10. Posting to soc.genealogy.surnames
  11. Summary
    Queries posted to the group use a standard format to make it easier to search the archives by WWW. This file describes the standard formats used for general surname queries and tiny tafels, and provides an introduction to the group.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 28th of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.surnames
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  12. Commonly used place name abbreviations
  13. Summary
    This FAQ describes abbreviations used in subject lines in soc.genealogy.surnames/GENMAL-L, and gives directions for retrieving the complete list.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 28th of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.surnames
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available at the following:

  14. Queries, good and bad
  15. Summary
    This is a collection of tips for better surname queries.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 28th of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.surnames
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available at the following:

  16. German surname queries
  17. Summary
    This file describes conventions for representing German names in subject lines. It includes a list of abbreviations for various German states, with a cross-reference describing border changes in the 19th and 20th centuries.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 28th of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.german
    • soc.genealogy.surnames
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  18. WWW for soc.genealogy.surnames / GENNAM-L archives
  19. Summary
    Details of the on-line access to the soc.genealogy.surnames archives.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 28th of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.surnames
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  20. The soc.genealogy.marketplace FAQ
  21. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the marketplace newsgroups. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to soc.genealogy.marketplace.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 26th of each month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.computing
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?
    You can obtain the FAQ from the following:

  22. The soc.genealogy.jewish FAQ
  23. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the JewishGen newsgroup. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to soc.genealogy.jewish.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 1st of every third month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.jewish
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  24. The soc.genealogy.medieval FAQ
  25. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the soc.genealogy.medieval newsgroup. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to soc.genealogy.medieval.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 1st of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.medieval
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  26. The soc.genealogy.african FAQ
  27. Summary
    This regular posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the soc.genealogy.african newsgroup. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to soc.genealogy.african newsgroup.
    When is it posted?
    The 1st Sunday of every month.
    Where is it posted?
    The pointer to the FAQ is posted only; the FAQ itself resides at the archive site. You will see the pointer in these newsgroups:
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.african
    • soc.genealogy.misc
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  28. The soc.genealogy.german FAQ
  29. Summary
    This posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the soc.genealogy.german newsgroup. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.german newsgroup.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted every 30 days.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.german
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available from the following:

  30. The soc.genealogy.australia+nz FAQ
  31. Summary
    This posting contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and their answers about the appropriate use of the soc.genealogy.australia+nz newsgroup. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.genealogy.australia+nz newsgroup.
    When is it posted?
    It is posted on the 20th of each month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.geanealogy.australia+nz
    Where is it archived?
    The FAQ is available on the WWW at the URL http://www.rootsweb.com/~billingh/genanz-l.htm.

  32. The Roots Surname Listing FAQ
  33. Summary
    The FAQ is a compilation of the most frequently asked questions about the Roots Surname List (RSL).
    When is it posted?
    The FAQ is posted towards the middle of the month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • alt.genealogy
    • soc.genealogy.misc

  34. Professional Researchers Part 1 - England & Wales
  35. Summary
    This FAQ provides a list professional researchers who may be able to help you in your genealogy quest. This is part one of a five part series and covers England & Wales
    When is it posted?
    1st of each month
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?

  36. Professional Researchers Part 2 - Scotland
  37. Summary
    This FAQ provides a list professional researchers who may be able to help you in your genealogy quest. This is part two of a five part series and covers Scotland
    When is it posted?
    2nd of each month
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?

  38. Professional Researchers Part 3 - Ireland
  39. Summary
    This FAQ provides a list professional researchers who may be able to help you in your genealogy quest. This is part three of a five part series and covers Ireland
    When is it posted?
    3rd of each month
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?

  40. Professional Researchers Part 4 - Rest of the World
  41. Summary
    This FAQ provides a list professional researchers who may be able to help you in your genealogy quest. This is part four of a five part series and covers the rest of the world
    When is it posted?
    4th of each month
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?

  42. Professional Researchers Part 5 - Standard Services
  43. Summary
    This FAQ provides a list professional researchers who may be able to help you in your genealogy quest. This is part five of a five part series and covers standard services
    When is it posted?
    5th of each month
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • soc.genealogy.marketplace
    Where is it archived?

  44. Woodgate.org FAQ Archive Contents
  45. Summary
    Lists the documents and their revision dates for all the documents available at woodgate.org
    When is it posted?
    The list is posted in on the first of each month.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroups
    • soc.genealogy.britain
    • soc.genealogy.ireland
    Where is it archived?

  46. soc.culture.scottish FAQ
  47. Summary
    Contains details on how to trace your Scottish ancestry as well as other items on Scottish culture.
    What is the URL?
    http://www.scot.demon.co.uk/scotfaq.html

  48. alt.talk.royalty FAQ
  49. Summary
    For those people interested in matters of royalty and nobility.
    Where is it posted?
    To the following newsgroup
    • alt.talk.royalty
    Where is it archived?
    AT the URL http://users.uniserve.com/~canyon/atrfaq.htm


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