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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

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

Important Notice: Since 1996, the main host for genealogy mailing lists has been RootsWeb, carrying at its height nearly 700 lists for the British Isles alone. However, on 2nd March 2020 all RootsWeb mailing lists were closed to new submissions and became inactive. Some of these lists have found news homes, mostly at, and this page is being updated accordingly. Quite a number of RootsWeb lists, however, had become moribund and will probably not be recreated.

RootsWeb still has a complete archive of past messages, linked from the main list index page, and links to these archives are also provided on this page.

If you know of a new list created to replace any the lists for which we do not have a successor, please use the link at the bottom of the page to let us know about it. New lists on are regularly announced via the New Lists email group.

There are several types of discussion group:

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

Email Groups

This list is arranged hierarchically, in keeping with the overall GENUKI structure. Most of these email groups are hosted on but a few are hosted on Yahoo Groups or Google Groups. Most have an open subscription policy and anyone can read the message archive, but a number require approval of membrship by an administrator and the archive is visible only to groups members.

Many of these groups were created as replacement for earlier mailing lists hosted on RootsWeb, which are all due to close down on 2nd March 2020. However, the RootsWeb archives of closed-down lists remain accesible on RootsWeb, and the entry for each new list is therefore accompanied here by a link to the archived messages from before March 2020. A separate list of closed RootsWeb lists will be found at the foot of this page, with a link to the message archive in each case.

In a number of cases a new group with county-wide coverage is the successor to a number of RootsWeb lists devoted to individual towns and areas within a county, In these cases a link to the RootsWeb archives of all the lists has been provided.

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.

Closed RootsWeb Mailing Lists

The listing in this section provides links to the message archives of all RootsWeb mailing lists for which we do not know of a successor. Please note that this list is in alphabetical order and does not follow the Genuki geographical hierarchy.

If you know of a new list created to replace any of these, please use the link at the bottom of the page to let us know about it.