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Archive-name: genealogy/meta-faq
Posting-Frequency: 22nd of the month
Last-Modified: 1999/07/05
URL: http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/meta-faq.html

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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

   * Via the WWW at the URL http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/meta-faq.html
   * Via anonymous FTP from ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

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.

This document may be freely redistributed in its entirety without
modification provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not
be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the
prior written permission of the copyright holder. Permission is expressly
granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from
installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the
Internet.

This document is provided AS IS without any express or implied warranty.

The author may be contacted at 50 Great Meadow Road, Bradley Stoke,
Bristol, BS32 8DA, England.

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"

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/netiquette.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

  2. 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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/socgbrit.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

  3. Advice For New Users

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/new_user.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

  4. The Genealogy Meta-Faq - A Guide To FAQs

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/meta-faq.html
             + via anonymous FTP from the following
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

  5. The soc.genealogy.misc Faq

     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:
             + via WWW at the following URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/socgmisc.html
             + via Anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

  6. Posting to soc.genealogy.surnames

     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:
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/wc/wcmills/gen/

  7. Commonly used place name abbreviations

     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:
             + via anonymous FTP ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/wc/wcmills/.

  8. Queries, good and bad

     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:
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/wc/wcmills/.

  9. German surname queries

     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:
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/wc/wcmills/.

 10. WWW for soc.genealogy.surnames / GENNAM-L archives

     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:
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/wc/wcmills/.

 11. The soc.genealogy.marketplace FAQ

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.prairienet.org/~mjolson/market.html

 12. The soc.genealogy.jewish FAQ

     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:
             + via anonymous ftp from
               ftp://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/
             + via the WWW at the URL http://www.jewishgen.org/faqinfo.html

 13. The soc.genealogy.medieval FAQ

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL
               http://www.erols.com/wrei/faqs/medieval.html

 14. The soc.genealogy.african FAQ

     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:
             + via WWW at the URL http://members.aol.com/memery/faq

 15. The soc.genealogy.german FAQ

     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:
             + via WWW at the URLs
                  + http://www.genealogy.com/gene/faqs/sgg.html
                  + http://w3g.med.uni-giessen.de/gene/faqs/sgg.html
             + Via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.genealogy.com/genealogy/gene/faqs/

 16. The soc.genealogy.australia+nz FAQ

     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.

 17. The Roots Surname Listing FAQ

     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

 18. Professional Researchers Part 1 - England & Wales

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 19. Professional Researchers Part 2 - Scotland

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts2.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 20. Professional Researchers Part 3 - Ireland

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts3.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 21. Professional Researchers Part 4 - Rest of the World

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts4.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 22. Professional Researchers Part 5 - Standard Services

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URLs
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts5.html
             + via anonymous FTP from
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 23. Woodgate.org FAQ Archive Contents

     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?
             + via the WWW at the URL
               http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/archive.html
             + via the WWW at the URL
               ftp://ftp.woodgate.org/FAQs/

 24. soc.culture.scottish FAQ

     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

 25. alt.talk.royalty FAQ

     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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