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Help and advice for Discussion Groups

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it. We have a number of people each maintaining different sections of the web site, so it is important to submit information via a link on the relevant page otherwise it is likely to go to the wrong person and may not be acted upon.

Discussion Groups and Mailing Lists

This page lists genealogy-related discussion groups for those with research interests in areas of the British Isles.

Important Notice: in the aftermath of the recent restoration of service by RootsWeb, all the links to RootsWeb mailing lists have changed. These changes have not been reflected in this page. For the time being, please start instead from the RootsWeb Mailing List Index.

There are several types of discussion group:

Please report any errors found on this page, no matter how small.

Mailing Lists

This list is arranged hierarchically, in keeping with the overall GENUKI structure. Most of these mailing lists are run by Rootsweb and Yahoo. Most lists have an open subscription policy, but those of family history societies generally accept subscriptions only from members, though the list archives are usually accessible to all.

Note (Dated 11 Jul 2016): Rootsweb's links to its mailing list archives are currently failing.

GENUKI is grateful to the late John Fuller who from 1995 until his death in June 2009 maintained web pages with details of genealogy mailing lists and who kept GENUKI informed about the creation of new mailing lists covering the United Kingdom and Ireland. John's pages are now maintained by Linda Lambert and Megan Zurawicz. Information on new mailing lists is posted by Megan Zurawicz to the NEW-GENLIST mailing list, from which details of those relating to the British Isles are taken for inclusion in this page.

Web Forums

There are a number of sites with web-based discussion forums for UK counties and places, including:

Each of these has a range of forums for different localities (usually county-based) and for other genealogical topics. In some cases, registration is required to read messages.


There are two newsgroups relevant to the area covered by Genuki:

Both of these are gatewayed with mailing lists via RootsWeb, making them accessible via email, and RootsWeb also has an archive of past messages:

  • GENBRIT (soc.genealogy.britain)
  • GENIRE (soc.genealogy.ireland)


Here is a listing of over six hundred UK genealogy-related Facebook pages and groups. It has been extracted from Katherine Wilson's Genealogy on Facebook List, and augmented with entries from further FFHS member societies.

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