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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.
Please note, if you are looking for Passenger Ship Arrival Lists - Castle Garden, Ellis Island Passenger Lists and other Immigrant Ship Passenger Arrival Records, these links are all located on the SHIPS section of this free website from Italian Genealogy ONLINE and all things Italian.

Dear People, it is always best to use a disposable email not your primary ISP email on mail-lists, message boards, opinion pages, surname lists, websites, and etc. Kindest Regards, PN

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Italian Archives, E-mail Surname Lists, Italy Mailing lists, etc.
Dear People, "IF" 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.
  • Archives of Italy - Search the Archive of Messages for ITALY Mailing List & Read 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
  • Il 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.
  • Podargoni-Calabria-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.
  • RootsWeb: 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,, 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!"
  • Various 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.
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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.
  • Genealogy Newsgroups have been around a long time and eventually Rootsweb started mailing lists which are "Gatewayed" to the Usenet Newsgroup..
  • Browse USENET archives on GroupsGoogle - 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 "" continues to archive most of the USENET news.
  • All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > soc . genealogy
  • All groups > USENET (archived by Google) > alt . genealogy
  • 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 newbies using Mail-lists gatewayed to USENET tend to "freak-out" when a message they send to a munged address 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.genealogy
  • news:soc.genealogy.italian
  • news:rec.heraldry
  • news:soc.genealogy.britain
  • news:soc.genealogy.computing
  • (d is for discussion)
  • news:alt.binaries.e-book.genealogy
  • 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
  • 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 - 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. So 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 USENET.

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If you know of other Genealogy Message Boards or want to add your Genealogy Message Board, Mail Group Contact, E-mail List, Genealogy Listserver, Usenet Reader to this page
send me the link for consideration. - (all email sent to me that contain attachments, including inline attachments such as automatic signature business cards, logos, flags, favorite quotes and other 'noise' and etc., are automatically deleted and never read by me
Thank You & Best Regards Always,
Paula Nigro

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