JewishGen Discussion Group
The JewishGen Discussion Group is an internet forum which fulfills
the vision to unite Jewish genealogical researchers worldwide as they read
and discuss each day's messages. They share information, ideas, methods,
tips, techniques, case studies and resources. Their dedication is
to Jewish family history with particulars from their own family lore and
reminiscences. Not only do they want to know more, most JewishGenners are
very willing to help others along the way. This continual sharing is
the very essence of JewishGen.
Moderation: The JewishGen Discussion Group is "moderated",
that is, all messages are subject to review by a moderator, who in
addition to sending a message through for posting, may reject
inappropriate messages, or suggest a more suitable venue, or send
it through to the Discussion Group with a comment.
The role of the moderator is to keep the discussion on track and
to let it not get cluttered with irrelevant, inappropriate, or personal
messages of no interest to the general readership.
Rules: To provide an orderly and courteous organization and
an efficient line of communication, subscribers are asked to abide by
the JewishGen Rules and Guidelines
as developed by the JewishGen Rules Advisory Committee and discussed
under Section IV below. Adherence to the
rules will make participation in
this forum more productive and pleasant for all.
Formats: The JewishGen Discussion Group is presently
available in two formats:
- as an electronic mailing list (for which you need
an e-mail account with any Internet Service Provider).
- as the Usenet newsgroup
In each format, you will have access to the same set of messages,
which averages 20 to 50 messages a day.
Newsgroup: If you opt to read messages via the Usenet newsgroup
soc.genealogy.jewish, you should
be aware that since newsgroups are site-specific to each ISP, JewishGen has
no control over which messages a news server uses, or how long they keep
them on their server. If you want to be certain to receive all the
messages, it is recommended that you subscribe to the Mailing List.
Mailing List: The electronic mailing list is a kind of
electronic journal, which is sent to all subscribers daily via e-mail.
The electronic mailing list is available in three different modes:
Digest, Mail (individual messages), and Index.
You select your subscription mode on the subscription form, and you
may subsequently request one of the other modes at any time, using the
procedure described below under Managing Your
If you elect to read the JewishGen Discussion Group via the Usenet
you may skip to Section IV.
II. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE / UNSUBSCRIBE
You can subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the JewishGen Discussion Group
mailing list by completing the
Once you have confirmed your subscription, you will receive all messages
which are posted to the JewishGen Discussion Group and approved by the
- MAIL: Also known as "individual message" mode —
you receive each message as it is approved by the moderator.
You may receive anywhere from 20 to 50 messages a day.
If this is too much for you to handle, consider modifying your
subscription one of the other modes.
- DIGEST: The "digest" is one long e-mail sent nightly,
which contains all of the messages that have been posted for the day.
This is the most popular subscription mode.
- INDEX: The "index" version is a single posting per day,
consisting of a listing of all the day's messages by subject line
and address of person posting. Each listing has an id number,
and by using this number you can order any message that might be
of interest. Full instructions on how to order a message come
with the index version.
You can choose "Mail", "Digest" or "Index" mode at the time you
subscribe, and you can modify your delivery mode at any time using the
Mailing List Management webform.
You are free to follow the discussions or join in. You can
send your comment to the entire group if you think it is of general
interest, or send a private response to a person posting.
You can sign off (unsubscribe) from the list, or change
your subscription options at any time —
see Section III below.
III. MANAGING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
JewishGen has no secretarial staff to enter changes of e-mail addresses,
to put a temporary stop on your subscription should you be going on vacation,
or to change you to a different mode of getting the messages.
You are expected to manage your subscription yourself, and this is a
simple process. For any changes, use the
Mailing List Management webform at
For additional help, see the
JewishGen Support Center.
IV. HOW TO POST MESSAGES TO THE ENTIRE GROUP
NETIQUETTE — RULES & GUIDELINES:
Before posting, please read the Rules
and Guidelines of the JewishGen Discussion Group. Not only
will the rules and guidelines
teach you what constitutes a proper post and an effective
subject line, but they will also guide you to proper "netiquette".
The rules and guidelines were established
not to constrict but to help newcommers understand appropriate procedure
and how to get the most out of a request for information.
Additionally, the rules and guidelines
governing JewishGen restrict certain types of messages, so it's best to
understand what is and is not appropriate for this Discussion Group.
When you are ready to send a message to all participants of the
JewishGen Discussion Group, please address your message to:
Whether you send a message to the Mailing List via
or post via the Usenet newsgroup
the message will come to the JewishGen moderator on duty.
Once approved by the moderator, your message will appear in both the
Mailing List and the Usenet newsgroup, so there is no need to post the
same message to both the Mailing List and to the newsgroup.
Before sending a question to the entire Discussion Group, try to answer
it yourself, e.g. by going to a public library and/or checking the
JewishGen FAQ ("Frequently Asked
Questions") document, the JewishGen InfoFiles,
and any of the other services of JewishGen, Inc.
See How to get the Most out of JewishGen below.
Provide a clear and descriptive Subject line. Think of the
message subject line as a "headline" capturing the central point of
the message you are sending. For example, you are asking a
question about the 1910 Federal Census, it makes no sense to write a
general subject line such as: "Need census information"; you need to
be much more specific and can still keep it short by saying "Need
1910 Census Info", for example.
Sign your message with your full real name, and city/country location.
Don't add long signatures, cutsey sayings, high ASCII characters,
or advertisements of your personal business connections.
This is a waste of bandwidth and imposes unnecessary burdens on
those people who pay for incoming messages.
If you wish to reply to the author of a particular message,
first consider if your remarks are of general interest to the
entire readership, or would be best sent as a private response.
If you are sending privately and you use the reply option of
your mail program, please verify that the address to which
your message is going is the address of the person to whom
you are replying and not the address for the mailing list.
When you post a public reply, please identify the message to which
you are referring by giving the name of the author and the date.
It is appropriate to quote some, but not all of the original message.
Quote just enough so that people know the general content of the post
to which you are responding. Excessive quotes are a waste
of bandwidth and put the onus on the moderator to delete the
If you access the Discussion Group through the Usenet newsgroup
and you wish to join in the discussion, you can send a "follow-up",
"reply" privately to the author, or "compose" a new message.
Your newsreader program may use slightly different names for these
functions, so for further details please consult the manual or read
the help files for your newsreader program.
Discussion Group Message Archives is a database of all 100,000+
messages which have been posted to the JewishGen Discussion Group
The message archives can be searched in a variety of ways.
V. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF JEWISHGEN
The JewishGen Discussion Group is only one small part of JewishGen,
and you should take the time to investigate all of the resources
available to you. JewishGen, Inc. is a non-profit corporation,
formed to provide a wide rangle of services in the field of
Jewish genealogy through volunteers.
JewishGen maintains an award-winning World Wide Web site at
There, you can find out more about JewishGen's activities.
The web site offers a wealth of valuable information.
Among other things, there are:
These programs and databases have all been prepared to provide
guidance and information to those searching their Jewish ancestry.
JewishGen's web server also hosts the web pages of other Jewish
genealogical organizations, such as various
Jewish Genealogical Societies and
Special Interest Groups (SIGs),
but JewishGen, Inc. does not assume any responsibility for such pages.
Neither JewishGen nor the moderators of the Discussion Group
are responsible for the accuracy of information or representations
made in messages posted to the JewishGen Discussion Group, nor do
they endorse or recommend any products or services described in
For further information, see the standard
JewishGen disclaimer notice on
site use and privacy.
VII. FOR OTHER BUSINESS
For commonly asked questions, see the
JewishGen Support Center.
If you have other questions, comments, suggestions, praise,
criticisms or other business for the moderators of the JewishGen
Discussion Group, send an e-mail to
Please note that this address should not be used for questions
about Jewish genealogy — those questions should be sent to
the JewishGen Discussion Group.
Last updated Jun 14, 2005 WSB.