The Franklin County Genealogy Discussion List (MAFRANKL-L) began in December 1998. It is an email discussion list open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy, family history, or local history in Franklin County, Massachusetts or any of its towns, i.e., Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leverett, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.
Email discussion lists like MAFRANKL-L are basically lists of email addresses. When you subscribe to MAFRANKL-L, you add your email address to the list. Anyone subscribed can send an email message to the list in order to have other subscribers automatically receive that message. It costs nothing to join this discussion list. The purpose is to provide a forum where people with a common interest can share ideas and information. You are free to ask questions about genealogical and historical research and resources in Franklin County as well as post queries concerning Franklin County families. Other subscribers may be able to provide answers or direct you to the resources you are looking for.
You can subscribe to MAFRANKL-L in list or digest mode. In list mode, individual messages from other subscribers posted to the discussion list will arrive in your email inbox as separate messages. In digest mode, the messages are grouped together and sent as a single message on a periodic basis. The volume of messages on a discussion list such as MAFRANKL-L can vary with periods of no activity to other times when several messages may be posted on a daily basis. Messages posted to MAFRANKL-L are archived and searchable.
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The Connecticut River Valley Discussion List (CT-RIVER-VALLEY-L) began in May 1999. It is an email discussion list open to anyone who has an interest in genealogy in the Connecticut River Valley area encompassing Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
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You can post messages and unsubscribe from either CT-RIVER-VALLEY-L or GenMassachusetts-L following the pattern described above for the MAFRANKL-L list except that you would substitute CT-RIVER-VALLEY or GenMassachusetts in place of MAFRANKL in the various addresses. For a list of other genealogy discussion lists covering New England and elsewhere, visit the Genealogy Resources on the Internet - Mailing Lists web page.
It is possible to search the list archives to find messages previously posted to the MAFRANKL-L, CT-RIVER-VALLEY-L, or GenMassachusetts-L discussion lists. Messages posted to each of these lists are permanently retained and are keyword searchable. You can use the form below to search. Helpful search tips follow the form.
Searches are not case sensitive, e.g., the search Greenfield or the search GREENFIELD would retrieve the same messages.
Boolean operators and, or, and not may be used, e.g.,
the search arms and cemetery and shelburne would retrieve messages which contain all the words arms, cemetery, and shelburne, although these words may not necessarily appear together.
the search northfield or squakeag would retrieve messages which contain either the word northfield or the word squakeag.
the search greenfield not franklin would retrieve messages which contain the word greenfield but do not contain the word franklin.
Truncation is possible by adding an asterisk to the end or middle of a word to broaden a search, e.g., the search cemeter* would retrieve messages which contain the words cemeteries, cemetery, etc.
Phrase searching is possible by enclosing search terms in quotation marks, e.g., the search "mohawk trail" would retrieve messages which contain those two words appearing in consecutive order.
Nesting of search terms is possible by enclosing search terms in parentheses, e.g., the search (northfield or bernardston) and dickinson would retrieve messages which contain either the word northfield or the word bernardston which also contain the word dickinson. Without parentheses Boolean operators execute from left to right.