Lists, a.k.a. Email Discussion Groups
Being part of a
mailing list is like having your own
virtual research community. It's an easy
way to network with other genealogists
to share distant ancestors,
get answers to questions, request
lookups and swap research stories.
Genealogy mailing lists are free, fun
and are often one of the best online
possibilities for filling in some of the
blanks in your family tree. These same
lists not only help you find information
about your ancestors but many times can
connect you with people who have
research interests similar to yours.
following site indexes links for all
known genealogy mailing lists,
including RootsWeb and others:
Several others lists you
might be interested in that don't show
at the above site are:
- General discussion list
for genealogy in Arizona.
- Dedicated to discussing
Tombstone history and the
events and people that
engulfed the Arizona town in
the late 1800's.
- A place to share memories
and pictures of the Tucson
which is rapidly slipping
into the past, and the
Tucson that is gone forever.
board is a computerized version of the
old-fashioned bulletin board. You'll
find message boards related to surnames,
localities, and other topics. By posting
a message to the appropriate message
board, you create a record
other researchers can find you. There
are county message boards
outside this site.
Use the drop down menu to go to the
(opens a new window.)
Arizona boards at
Arizona boards at
However, many times
you'll find a queries board directly at
county site that has no
outside affiliation (at genforum or
rootsweb). Be sure to use them as well.
Magazines and Societies
option is to submit and look for queries
in a genealogy magazine or newsletter.
is one popular national outlet for this
purpose. The magazines of some national
organizations, such as
allow queries in some of their
publications. You might also want to
check for a historical or genealogical
society magazine or newsletter that is
published in the area where your
ancestors lived — it will often be
published by the genealogical society in
that area. If someone is researching the
same family line as you, it is possible
that they subscribe to the newsletter
and have already posted a query, or will
see a query that you post.