USENET Genealogy Newsgroups archived on GroupsGoogle & ..

  • 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 (© 2002)

  • 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 "groups.google.com" 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

  • Groups.google: 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 better to read and respond to Newsgroups via a regular newsreader rather than a mail-list subscription because newsgroups are archived on the Internet and mail-lists 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 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 on how to use newsgroups. There are thousands of articles online on how to use Internet Newsgroups; find one that you can easily understand.  

  • Some 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.

  • 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

  • news:alt.binaries.cd.genealogy.d

  • news:alt.binaries.e-book.genealogy

  • and thousands more on the World Wide Web. Un-moderated groups are generally the best and eventually, if you lurk, read and learn by watching for awhile before posting 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 do not fill up your email box. They are great!!!

  • 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.

  • Google Directory of  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/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. 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 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;  "nameofposterDELETE@NOSPAMyahoo.invalid" -- 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.