Location Mailing Lists are those that pertain to a specific locale. Some of
the lists are state-wide, some county-wide. There are even mailing lists for
genealogical information relative to a specific city. If your research is
place-specific, either in a U.S. state or a foreign country, these are the lists
As far as posting guidelines, each list has its own rules, but generally common
sense prevails. You are requested to post messages which are on-topic. For
example, if you join a mailing list whose topic is Shelby County, Indiana, post
messages about your ancestors and research in Shelby County, not New Orleans.
Next, be polite. We genealogists tend to be a polite bunch, but the occasional
odd duck does appear. If someone posts an offensive message, just contact the
list administrator and let them deal with any problem. Carry on personal
correspondence with other group members off-list, via e-mail, if what you have
to say is only of interest to you and the other person.
When you subscribe to a mailing list you will automatically receive an e-mail
detailing any rules regarding posting to the list, plus information on how to
unsubscribe. Make sure you keep this initial e-mail, otherwise if you want to
unsubscribe, you won't remember how.
When you join mailing lists, the chances are very good that someone on the list
will be researching one of your surnames, or one of the locations your ancestors
lived, i.e. a particular county or country of origin. Mailing lists optimize
your chances for success. Many researchers have made the most progress in
climbing their family tree thanks to mailing lists.