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You can subscribe to any mailing list by sending a message to the e-mail address listed within the description of the mail list. Click on the hyperlink included in description. Type the single word, "subscribe" in the body of the message. Signatures confuse the robot, so please don't attach any text after the word "subscribe". You can unsubscribe by sending a message to the same address with the single word "unsubscribe" in the body of the message.

All of the lists below are archived. You may read past messages by going to: and typing the name of the list in the box. The name of the list is whatever comes before the -L in the subscription address.

Mail Lists for All Project Volunteers

DISCUSS is a list open to all Project members. The list is a place where members may comment on items of interest at the Project's National level. It often contains political comments and the volume of mail can get heavy at times. You can subscribe by sending a message to: for individual e-mails or for digest mail.

BOARD-L is a read only list (you will receive copies of the posts but you may not post to the list) for the Project's Advisory Board. It is here that Project wide issues are discussed and decisions made. You can subscribe by sending a message to: for individual e-mails or for digest mail.

BOARD CHAT is a read only list where the Advisory Board discusses issues before they are moved to BOARD-L. Mail is usually heavy. If you'd like to listen in on the Advisory Board you can subscribe by sending a message to: for individual e-mails or for digest mail. The archives for this list includes old messages from when this list was the Project's Discussion list. Board Chat begins with the month of Sep 2005.

USGENWEB-NATL is a Read-Only list of the USGenWeb Project is used to distribute periodic announcements to the membership of the USGenWeb Project.

HELPPAGES is a list open to all Project members seeking and willing to give assistance in all technical aspects of building and improving USGenWeb pages. Topics include the creation and use of graphics, attracting and displaying submissions, meeting researcher needs, utilizing our special projects, and much more. Visit to read more about this list on the companion Helppages website, where you will find a a collection of the best Helppages how-to articles and tips! To subscribe to USGW-HELPPAGES send a message to: for individual e-mails or for digest mail.

INDIVIDUAL STATE MAIL LISTS. All County Coordinators should subscribe to your State's mailing list. This is a requirement of your membership in the Project. To sub to the appropriate state mailing list contact the state coordinator (here you will find a list of the states and the name/email link for the state coordinator(s)).

Regional Mailing Lists

Much of what is discussed on Board-L and Discuss lists is brought to the Project's Regional lists by the region's Advisory Board representatives. It is at this level that you can ask questions, make comments, suggestions or simply keep up with what's going on in the Project and your area.

Northeast/North Central Region for the states of: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin. for individual messages for digest mail.

Northwest/Plains Region for the states of: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming. for digest mail.

Southeast/Mid-Atlantic Region for the states of: Alabama, D.C., Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia. for individual messages for digest mail.

Southwest/South Central Region for the states of: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah. for individual messages for digest mail.

RootsWeb Help List is a mail list to help those with pages on the RootsWeb server. You can subscribe by sending a message to: Whether you have your pages at RootsWeb, Skyways, or another server, it is highly recommended that everyone sub to this list. Lots of helpful information is given, not just concerning the RootsWeb server, but help of any kind.

Mail LIstS for State Coordinators

All state and assistant state coordinators should subcribe to the SC mail list. This list is a requirement for state coordinators. This is where all aspects of the project are discussed. You would then forward any messages of interest to your state to your county coordinators through your state mail list. Since this list is restricted to State Coordinators and Assistant State Coordinators you must be subcribed to the list by the National Coordinator. To subscribe send an e-mail to the National Coordinator giving your name and the state you represent. Archives for the SC list are accessed by the name of state-coordinator.

Bouncing Mail

The sheer number of bouncing email from the various project lists had gotten way out of hand, so the following procedure, 2-25-97, was implemented to help get a handle on the problem: If your E-mail bounces or is returned as an unknown user or unknown host or you have a full mailbox for more then 7 days, you will be removed from the list to which you are subscribed. (Individual list owners might have a more stringent policy on bouncing mail.) If you find you are not getting the list or lists you are subscribed to, you may need to re-subscribe.

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