Genealogy Surname Boards & Searches
This Surname Board List has hand-picked links to most of the popular Italian Genealogy Surname Message Boards where you can search and post your Italian surname originating in any of the municipalities / comunes of Italy. General Genealogy Boards & Lists are also included when they contain a good amount of Italian Surnames. You will also find sites that list Italian Surnames found in or originating from a particular Locality, Comune, Province or Region in Italy to help you in your Italian Family Tree Search.
Surname Searches & Genealogy Message Boards
- most are easy to use and do not clutter up your mailbox unless it is something directed only to you.
||Locality Specific - featuring forums, lists, message boards for various regions, provinces and comunes in Italy. Other countries and items of interest are included too such as Volunteers in Garibaldi's Army in 1860, Italian Immigrants to Brazil, Italian Civil War Regiment, Cook County Naturalizations, New York Indexes and more.
||E-mail Surname Lists - Italian Archives, Yahoo E-groups, and more.
||USENET NEWSGROUPS and Mail List
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Surname Searches & Genealogy Message Boards
- Ellis Island & more SHIPS Passenger Arrival Records (listed
on this site) - Ships Passenger Arrival Lists including Ellis Island Wall of Honor, Ellis Island Passenger Lists, Castle Gardens and other Immigrant Ship Passenger Arrival Records links are all located on the
SHIPS section of our free website here at
Italian Genealogy Online.
- Italian Names & Surnames page (on this site) - distribution maps and other interesting statistical databases on Italian Names & Names in general on the Italy Names Page: This link takes you to this website page of Italian Name & Surname links.
- Italian Genealogy Online Italy Roots Message Board - FREE searchable Italian Surname and Italian Genealogy Bulletin Board, easy, no registration, no sign-up, no fee required; moderated board.
- Allen County Public Library - Genealogy Center
- BYU Family History Archive - The Family History Archive is a collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), gazetteers and more.
- Family Search Italy Historical Record Collections - a good number with Images you can VIEW FROM HOME.
Personally I prefer browsing the images myself so that I don't get lazy and believe something isn't there just because no one could transcribe them correctly.
(the handwriting was different in those days and also spelling wasn't standardized) I wouldn't have gotten back to the 1700s if I had depended on transcriptions as the collateral lines helped me very much and I found those by browsing.
- Family Search is a mega-database of Surnames prepared by the Mormons but containing thousands of
Family Trees, which were not necessarily Mormon but were probably
baptized by LDS users doing their Temple Duties.. Many of these family trees have never been properly researched so use them as hints and do your own research or you will pass along errors.
- SEARCH THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG for Italian Records - For example: click on "Place Search" then type in your town of interest in the blank next to "Place" - Leave " Part of:" blank - then Click " Search"
- Family Tree Maker Online Keyword Search - keyword search locates information anywhere in the Family Tree Maker.com Web site, except the Family Finder and the Social Security Death Index.
- Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records - a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.
- GeneaNet Genealogical Database Network - universal register of all the world's genealogical resources whether Net-based or not and whether free or fee-paying. You can find Italian Surname listings throughout the world on this one and Geneanet lets you create your family tree directly on it's website, or you can submit a Gedcom from your own genealogical software program and then you can easily present your genealogy on the Internet.
- GenForum Surname Board Search - Search for a Surname Board dedicated to your surname. Post and Search for thousands of surnames. If they don't have a Forum for your surname, ask them to make one. They make it really easy. They are the best. Hope & pray they don't change for the worse like some big sites have recently done.
- Search Genealogy Queries - submit and browse genealogy postings at CousinConnect.com and in various general databases at one time. Beware of their commercial site links at the end of your search results always exercise caution.
- Genealogy Forum: Italy - GenForum has over 35,000 online forums devoted to genealogy.
Genealogy Resources - at Distant Cousins.com
- Italian Immigrants worldwide who sent money to Italy via the Bank of Naples - click "Le Ricerche" >> "Servizio emigrati" & then >> "Indice emigrati"
[hopefully you get here
Message Board at Rootsweb - Family History.com & Rootsweb
are now owned by Ancestry.com
- Listado de Apellidos - from
Apellidos Italianos in
"Genealogía Italiana en Español" (in Spanish) To browse, simply scroll down
or click on the first Initial of your Surname (Apellido) Interest.
at Rootsweb - goes through most of their databases quickly, SCROLL OVER and down a little to the right side of
page to: Refine Search / Surname.
User Contributed Databases - Birth, Marriage, Death, Census, Tax Lists and more from Rootsweb.
- RootsWeb Search - Literally hundreds of millions of names and many categories.
- RootsWeb Surname Database - Add your surnames to this list so others can find you. You must register but its free to use.
- Registry of Websites at RootsWeb - includes Regional Resources and Websites, Surname Websites and more for the genealogy community.
- Archive of Family Genealogy Resources - an ever-expanding collection including books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, census records, passenger lists of vessels, and other historical and biographical documents.
- Books We Own Project by RootsWeb - free lookups on the books they own. They need an exact name they will not answer requests for lists of everyone with a certain surname.
- Genealogy Book Links - simplifies searching for American ancestors by identifying them in freely available digitized biographies, genealogies and history books
Security Death Index Search - FREE lookup from FamilySearch.org.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you will *not* find anyone listed who died before 1962 listed on the Internet. If you can't find
your ancestors do what I did - obtain the Official State Death Notices on each grandparent. Their death notice will have their SSN on it. I also included a copy of each individual's Death Notice on the copies of the SSN app I requested.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: the "new" family search does
THEREFORE try the next site:
- Social Security Death Master File,
F R E E - brought to you by Tom Alciere.
- Surname Helper - Search for a Surname.
- Surname Navigator - by Rob Kuijsten.
- Surname Specific Message Boards at Rootsweb.- search for your surname you might have a Message Board devoted to it exclusively.
- The Computerized Ancestor
- An internet database furnished by Yates Publishing, consisting of an index to over 840,000 family group sheets with contact information on submittor.
Census Records Search - on this site - on the Genealogy USA Tools page of Italian Genealogy Online. More are added periodically Remember: NARA The
USA National Archives, now has a free easy to use browse image tool for
many of their holdings. You can easily access
NARA from almost any type of computer and almost any browser. NARA has an accessibility design just like
Wikipedia and the UK
government. Although the Family
History Centers have almost all of the Census Records in their
Libraries, their familysearch online site is no longer considered easily accessible
due to their de-facto requirement of users needing to upgrade all their computers and browsers to the latest whatever and especially since they now require
snoopy, unsafe, Java Script for
access. THEREFORE, if you are new to research drop by one of their Family History Centers for some free tips IN PERSON. (use the SOUNDEX Code Generator on our USA
Tools Page before you visit LDS.) Heritage
Quest Online is a terrific resource available from home via your free
Public Library card from Public Libraries across the country. Check with
your local public library and any affiliate libraries which may honor your
- USGenWeb Archives Special Projects - all volunteer transcriptions of birth, marriage, death, cemetery, military and other records by state.
- Websites at RootsWeb - search through all the registered homepages for your Ancestors Surnames and Villages of Origins.
Project, more than 640 million names - Click on SEARCH ALL
DATABASES More than 650 million names on file. Refine a search that yields too many "hits" by including more information, also, you may use a wildcard. For example, put 187* in the birth year field to search all years from 1870 through 1879.
- R. I. P. to the *great* GenCircles -
from the creator of GenForum; Cliff Shaw. I am linking to the ARCHIVE of this great site so you can see for yourself how a GOOD Graphical Interface should
look; the presentation of facts is excellent.
The way Mr. Shaw designed it was so you could EASILY DISCOVER whether or not someone was doing dependable research or not. This
is my favorite User Interface and display of information. You can CLEARLY SEE that the notes and sources are displayed very openly and plainly; no problem. Cliff Shaw developed SMART MATCHES. The company, myheritage, that uses it now bought it from him. It is not their
MyHeritage. GenCircles was picked up all over the world and the accessibility to all is how I met some
cousins who are 'across the pond'. Now most of the family-tree sites are more difficult to access worldwide and
require a membership fee to view. --- YOU CAN DO IT - Put up your own website and put up your own family trees. AVOID putting your family trees on the pay to view sites if you want to reach out to the world.
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Locality Specific / Italy, USA & other specifics including Naturalizations
Pellizzano, Trento, Italy - with 10,003 individuals
Livo, Trento, Italy - with 20,509 individuals
Waldensian Ancestors - Surname List & Family Researchers sponsored by Piedmont Families Organization, Inc.
World War II Army Enlistment Records documenting the period circa: 1938-1946 - Access to Archival Databases at the US National Archives
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- 386 Italian families that came to Brazil - through the State of Espitiro Santo.
- More than 1300
Italians applied for a visa to return to Italy in late 1918, from
Philadelphia. Were your ancestors among them? This info is linked to
the Pennsylvania USGenWeb
Project (when you get there scroll down to PA
- AbruzzoForum.com - forums for
Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Emilia Romagna,
Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Marche, Piemonte,
Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Toscana, Trentino Alto-Adige, Umbria, Valle
Italy Comunes & Regions are welcome on the "Italian Roots Forum Italian Genealogy Online Message Board"
- FREE, Searchable Italian Surname & Italian Genealogy Bulletin Board for all
Regions, all Comunes of Italy and all Italian Surnames. NO registration required. Read about it
- Apice, Provincia di
Benevento, Campania - partial civil record extracts by Joan Victoria Manzo
Immigrants - National Archives of Australia search as a Guest or Registered researcher.
Name Search turned up plenty of Italian Emigrants for every Italian Surname I tried including some cousins
- Brazil: Imigrantes Italianos
-Italian Immigrants to Brazil - Scroll down through the page to their links
& lists of Italians to Brazil and Descendants of Italy in Brazil researching their
- Brooklyn Genealogy Military Information Page - Links to Names of New Yorkers who served in the Military from the early days when it was New Amsterdam and through the years up to WW2.
- Calabria Catanzaro Exchange - Actual birth, marriage and death state civil records from towns in Catanzaro Province in
Calabria. Currently featuring Brognaturo, Cortale, Curinga, San Michele, Serrastretta, Simbario, Spadola and
- Calabria Exchange Italian Ancestry Genealogy Project - links to websites with Italian Record Extractions
Heritage - a forum at "Our Calabrian Heritage"
maintained by George Lilli.
- Calabrian Soldiers decorated in WWI &
WWII. - If you know of another to add to their list be sure to email the webmaster.
- Calabria Surnames Database from Il Circolo Calabrese - Search By Letter on their Calabria Surname Database to find others researching the same surnames or towns.
- Calitri 1753 Status animarum (State of Souls) transcribed by Richard Barclay Robertson
- Castiliano, Crotone, Calabria Civil Records - by Cynthia Milán de García
- COGNOMI ITALIANI 1800/1900, Italian origin search - compiled & maintained by Raffaella Matera and Riccardo Bruno. Big list of Italian Surname links and also some actual Vital Records links.
- Como Baptism Records - from the Archive in Como, Lombardia (Lombardy) Italy
- Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court: Search the Naturalization Declarations of Intention - The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Archives is home to more than 500,000 naturalization petitions covering the years 1871 to 1929. More than 400,000 of these records are Declarations of Intention, 1906-1929 usually the first papers to be filed by those who wished to become U.S. citizens.
- Garibaldi's Army Volunteers in 1860 - In Italian from an Italian Government Document.
- Gioiosa Marea, Provincia di Messina - a sprinkling of birth records extracted by Joan Manzo
- Italian Displaced Persons in Germany WW2 - 4500 names of Italian deportees in Nazi Germany. The archive is searchable by alphabetical order. Surnames are abbreviated with the initial due to privacy concerns.
- Italian Records on Rootsweb - list of contributors is here http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Italy
- Italians in the Confederate Army - recorded in 1862 when New Orleans was captured by the Union Army
- ITALY REGIONS at GenForum - as of my last check they cover -Abruzzo, Avellino, Bari, Basilicata, Calabria, Foggia, La Spezia, Latina, Milan, Molise, Naples, Rome, Sicily and Venice.
- Laurenzana, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy 1809-1910 - Transcriptions of Births, Deaths, and Marriages.
- Lettopalena, Abruzzi list of Surnames - began with surnames from in & around Lettopalena, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy and other towns from Italy's central Adriatic Coast in the western Abruzzo Region.
- Matricola Nobilium (Milano anno 1277) - Noble families in Milan Italy in the year 1277 and more...
- Naturalization Index for Kings County (Brooklyn, New York) - 1907-1924 database searchable by surname or soundex. If you find a name then read their FAQs. Scroll down for details about Missing Petitions vol 31. Click here for alt version.
- Naturalizations Southern District Court of NY - Naturalization Records Index 1906 - 1949
- New York Naturalization Project for Suffolk County - by the Italian Genealogy Group. The complete index to all of the Naturalization Records of Suffolk County, New York.
- New York City Death Index - 1891 to 1894 Manhattan Only, 1895 to 1897 Manhattan and Brooklyn Only, 1898 to 1936 All Boroughs
- NYC - WTC List of Names - searchable database of victims of September 11, 2001 tragedy.
- Parma (PR) Emilia-Romagna, Italia Surname List - Index of Surnames (click on "Indice dei nomi") in Italian
Fele, Potenza, Italy Surname list - if your surname is on this list your heritage "may" be linked to the comune of San Fele in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.
Sanfele Italy Historical Family Trees has specifics on some branches.
- San Giorgio La
Molara, Provincia di Benevento - partial civil record extracts by Joan Victoria Manzo
- San Paolo Albanese, Provincia di Potenza
(Use for) Italy,
Potenza, Casalnuovo Lucano - birth & marriage extracts by Joan V. Manzo
- Sersale, Catanzaro, Calabria - transcriptions of Birth, Marriage and some Death Records
Ancestor & Surname Registry - Old Information Center by Jeff La Marca with posting by people looking for Genealogy Information on Sicily, it has not been updated since 1999/2000 (you still might find some leads).
- SICILY Surname List - ITA-Sicily *Very well maintained* by Donna Guiffre researching all of SICILY.
- Tito, Potenza, Italy Civil Record Transcriptions - by Grace Lancieri Olivo (very inspiring work)
- Torre le Nocelle, Avellino, Campania - Birth Records, names and years of birth only
- Trentino Italy Birth 1815-1923 - search the database in 6 languages
- Val di Non in Trento Province, Trentino-Alto Adige Region, Italy - Surnames in the villages of:
you contact someone on a "Mail-List or E-mail list and it turns out to be a dead
link, please notify the Webmaster of *that* particular site. Thank
You and Best Regards Always, Paula Nigro.
Italian Archives, E-mail Surname Lists, Italy Mailing lists,
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of Italy - Search the Archive of Messages for ITALY Mailing List
the Archives of Italy Mailing List from 1997 through 2005.
- ITALY Genealogy Mailing Lists - this list has not been updated since 2009. However, many of the mailing-lists are still operating.
- Aeolian Genealogy Mail-List - Discuss anything that has to do with the Aeolian Islands and especially Aeolian Genealogy.
- BariGen mail list - a gathering place for genealogy researchers of the Province of Bari, Puglia, Italy
- Basilicata - To research our ancestry and share our connections to this area of southern Italy.
- Calitri Connections - This group is for descendants of immigrants from Calitri, Italy who want to exchange information, meet new cugini, talk about ancestry, and more
- Castelmezzano Genealogy - Our group is working to transcribe all of the vital records for the town of Castelmezzano in the province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy for the years 1809-1910
Circolo Calabrese - A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Calabria region of Italy.
- Clan Cyberesh Mailing List - Arbëresh are people who migrated, or fled, from Albania to Italy beginning in the 15th Century living mainly in the Sicilian Towns of Mezzojuso, Piana degli Albanesi, Contessa Entellina, or Palazzo Adriano, or the Calabrian town of Falconara
moderated by John Cusimano contact the webmaster for more information.
- Gente di Mare Italian Surname Database - for all Italian Surnames. Search alphabetically or search in one step.
- GEN-ITALIAN Search - put in your surname and select the database to search through the 1997 through current postings. This is also archived by Rootsweb Click Here to view, but they are incomplete and also they do not know how to archive Italian characters, such as ì, è, ò, à and etc.
- Italian Adoption - by John Campitelli. ITALIADOPTION is limited to adult *living* Italian born adoptees who have been adopted by North American parents and who wish to search for their birth family in Italy. They do not deal with genealogy research of ancestors who might have been adopted in Italy in past generations.
- Italian Genealogy Start Here - A place to talk about Italian Genealogy
- Italian Surname Collection - Over 32,900 names with email address contact. Add yours.
- Italian Surname Email Database - List maintained by Nuccia of Gente di Mare. Click on the letter of your Italian Surname of
Interest. Click "feedback" near the top of the page to add
your Italian Surname.
- Italian Vital Records - yahoo group for people with connections to Italy, to share family information and vital records and to help with genealogy-related questions.
- Lisa's Surname Sharing Email Exchange A-G and H to Z. (Over 4400 Italian Surnames.) Please contact Lisa if you find dead-email links she will be happy to hear from you.
- More Email listings of Italian Surnames - Scroll down about the middle of the page, click on the initial of your last name & scroll down. This site is commercial but has over 31,000 Surnames to check out.
- Italy Mailing Lists Signups - Big list of Italian Mailing Lists. A good place to find out about Italian Genealogy events, lectures, meetings, research in your areas of interest, etc., and other topics on Italy.
- dedicated to anyone researching families, ancestors or descendants of the towns of Podargoni, Cerasi and Schindilifa' in Reggio Calabria
- Maranese Families - to discuss the history and the genealogy of the people from Marano Marchesato and it's surrounding towns in the Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy.
- Montalbano Elicona & Messina, Sicily - this Discussion Group Was Started For Families Researching Their Ancestors in Montalbano Elicona and Other Comunes of Messina, Sicily.
- Ripalimosani Web Group - for those seeking ancestors who came from the town of Ripalimosani, in the Campobasso Region of Molise, Italy.
Italian Genealogy Mailing Lists - Rootsweb is the Oldest & Largest
free Genealogy Web Site and continues today because of its volunteers in
spite of having been bought out by a very commercial company. NOTE:
if you sign up to these lists and post a message your email address will
be put on the Internet so you need to use a free email like hotmail,
softhome.net, yahoo, newspaper
web-mail, etc, NOT your personal family email through your Internet Service Provider or else use a
News Subscription for the connection and "mung" the email address you
use when posting.
- Rootsweb GEN-ITALIAN Archives BROWSE - read through the complete postings archived by Rootsweb
Mail-list of the Soc.genealogy.Italian
postings from 1997 until present time.
- RootsWeb Mailing Lists Interactive Search - This is an interface to the archives for most of the RootsWeb mailing lists, current through the past day or so.
- San Fele, PZ, Italia Connections - San Fele Research Interests Email Surname List Contacts.
- San Pietro Avellana, IS, Molise, Italia - topics relating to the Italian town of San Pietro Avellana, mostly discussions about genealogy of people from that town who have emigrated all over the world
- San Polo Matese Genealogy - for those seeking genealogy information on ancestors from the town of San Polo Matese in the Molise Region of Italy.
- Sardinia-1 On-Line Mailing List - to explore ALL that is Sardinia; culture, customs, history, language, traditions
- Senerchia, Italy - dedicated to anyone researching families, ancestors or descendants of Senerchia in the Province of Avellino, Campania Italy.
- Sicilian Family Reunion - Discussion forum for family researchers and families of Sicilian Heritage.
- Tutti Siciliani - to explore our Sicilian Ancestry in ALL its aspects
- Triggiano Bari
Italy - A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the town of Triggiano, Bari, Italy - according to there info "this group contains an unbelievable database. You can do your research on your own... and all this is absolutly FREE!"
Genealogy E-mail Groups on YAHOO - many private and public groups for
Italian and other Genealogy Info (like how to do Genealogy Research
with computer, etc.) It is fun to browse the
"Public" Forums even if you don't want to join.
USENET Genealogy Newsgroups
- Genealogy Newsgroup Announcement - There are text newsgroups, where people exchange information and some just talk. Then there are binary newsgroups, where people actually post and download genealogy data, such as photos, maps, books, CDs, just about anything you can think of.
- What is USENET- Internet Exploration Station Information Center by Harley Hahn
- USENET Explained in Plain English - Usenet is a huge, globe-spanning network that is ten years older than the World Wide Web. In addition to hosting files, Usenet contains discussion groups. These groups pre-date the World Wide Web and have been largely supplanted by web forums. TG - Unlike the web, Usenet doesn’t have a built-in advertising mechanism.
- Links to a basic understanding of Usenet Newsgroups.
Newsgroups have been around a long time and eventually Rootsweb started
mailing lists which are "Gatewayed" to the Usenet Newsgroup..
- Browse USENET archives on
- Searchable archive of more than 700 million Deja News Research Service
Archives of USENET postings from a period of more than 20 years, which Google purchased
from Deja News
and now Google via "groups.google.com" continues to archive most of the
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > soc . genealogy
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > alt
- All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > rec . heraldry
soc.genealogy.italian - Google's USENET
reader easily lets you read Newsgroups via a browser without a "mail-list" signup.
Google purchased the old Deja News Archives
and still keeps them online.
- It is much better to read and respond to Newsgroups via a *real* Usenet Newsreader rather than a mail-list subscription for MANY reasons.
One reason is that real Usenet newsgroups (in their entirety) are archived on the Internet on Research Servers, University Servers, Undernet and other Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers and others throughout the world. Another reason is that "mail-lists" like Rootsweb do not allow address munging, which is the easiest way to protect yourself from Spam when posting in a USENET newsgroup.
- In the Rootsweb archives of the Mail-list
"usenet" groups, posters' email addresses are easily viewable & obtainable by users of Linux and other Web Browsers such as Firefox & Opera although not viewable to most people using IE browsers. Unfortunately
to USENET tend to "freak-out" when a message they send to a munged
bounces. This stress can be avoided by self-education such as Usenet for Dummies. There are thousands of articles online on how to use Internet
Newsgroups; find articles you can easily understand.
- A few Internet service providers operate news-servers for their users to access as part of
their related services most no longer include newsgroups as part of your subscription.
- There are also many, better Usenet Newsgroup
services for a reasonable subscription fee such as giganews and usenetserver. There are many newsgroup reader programs from which you can choose.
It is best to learn to use a Usenet Newsreader like
Agent (Forte), MaxNews, Xnews, etc. to easily view & post to Usenet
groups without using a Web-browser although some few still use Outlook Express to READ the Usenet Groups
- REAL USENET NEWSGROUPS
are best accessed with an ad-free, unlimited service, newsgroup subscription to Giganews, Usenetserver, Supernews, Easynews, Newshosting, Astraweb, and more throughout the world. All legit newsgroup servers allow easy access to various newsgroups such as these listed below:
- news:alt.binaries.cd.genealogy.d (d is for discussion)
- and hundreds (maybe thousands?) more on the Internet. Un-moderated groups are the best for getting the truth IF you lurk, read and learn by watching for awhile before posting. Or maybe never post. lol You will get to recognize Spam and Usenet Trolls and then it is very simple and easy to ignore or put into your "kill filter" which is not that easy or else impossible if you are in a mail-list unless it is tediously monitored. Newsgroups are GREAT since they do not fill up your email box.
- Public News Servers FREE access to text-only newsgroups - sites which allow free, public access via NNTP protocol to Usenet newsgroups. (you would use a newsreader with these) All servers listed in this category allow anyone to read articles. Some of the servers allow you to post messages.
- Free access to text-only newsgroups - sites which allow access to Usenet newsgroups via a web page.
- Web-based access to USENET newsgroups
- SPECIAL NOTES:
- Rootsweb Mail-List 'Gen-Italian' takes part in some of the Usenet discussions *however* after Rootsweb was bought out by ancestry, then Premier Equity, then ..et-al - that takeover company "appears" to block answers sent to the Roots-Mail-List people's questions when those answers are posted by people with a newgroup
subscription.**So since this takeover, if you read a dangling, unanswered response to a Roots-Mail-List subscriber's question, which isn't even followed by a thank you or more questions, it is "often" simply because the newbie (and some are newbies forever) never "received" the message in their in-box.
if you belong to Rootsweb GEN-ITALIAN then you will need to use another reader to find all the answers posted to
questions. Most of the Newsgroup
Users in other countries don't want to fill up their mail boxes with large messages, which often contain ads at the bottom of the message, so
they efficiently use their Internet Service Providers news access or a private
newsgroup (Usenet) subscription. After the "mail-list" newbies stopped
receiving International newsgroup users messages this
resulted in many genealogy research volunteers (particularly in Italy) to stop giving advice. Most International users have to pay for bandwidth and they do not want to be bother with using Mail-lists so they use USENET Newsgroups instead.
- Using a valid newsgroup
subscription is preferable to subscribing to any
mail-list archived on the Internet which will expose peoples legitimate email addresses to
Spam because knowledgeable computer users can post USENET messages using a fake email address to
avoid harvesting by Spambots.
- Utilizing address
munging is one of the best way to avoid
Spam from the Internet.
An easy way to disguise your email on USENET is simply to add words that anyone with a workable IQ could remove, such as; "[email protected]"
-- and other various. At the bottom of your message you might put in your real email in words
only, without using the @ sign such as: Email: yourname [at]
server [dot] com
**I posted a test message to that newsgroup and it appeared in the GEN-Italian archives, so they/ancestry might be changing their policy. However, the above will stay in effect until I know for sure that they are not blocking messages. IMHO subscribing to a newsgroup service is always a better choice on
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