Southern Africa Jewish Genealogy SA-SIG
Newsgroup Archive and search engine
Editor: Dr Saul Issroff
Copyright © 1999-2000 Saul Issroff, Mike Getz, SAfrica SIG
and Jewishgen Inc.
Revised: 16 January 2000
JewishGen maintains an indexed archive of personal messages
which were posted on the soc.genealogy.jewish
newsgroup (a.k.a. discussion group)
commencing in September 1993. The archive may be accessed via a
search engine which is on the Discussion Group Archives page.
The page includes a helpful (and recommended!) list of search syntax
instructions and examples about how to formulate a search enquiry.
The search engine is very easy to operate.
Type in the name which you are researching, eg. a personal name or the name of a town.
Then click on the [START SEARCH button] on the browser screen.
If anything is found then a list of matches will be displayed.
A search might take between ten seconds and a minute depending
upon how many items are found.
Clicking on an item in the list will display the full text of
the message. For added legibility, the word(s) being searched
for are shown in red where possible. After reading a message, click on the
[BACK button] on your browser screen to return to the list.
Click again on the [BACK button] to return to the search engine.
Click again on the [BACK button] to return to the JewishGen home page.
How to get to the Discussion Group Archives page and the search engine:
- On the www.jewishgen.org homepage
- Find the heading 'Research'
- Under that heading find 'Discussion Group Archives'
- Click on 'Discussion Group Archives'
- Find the search engine word entry box
Discussion Group Archives
Newsgroups may be accessed via your e-mail program or via a newsreader program.
You will first need to ensure that your Internet provider offers the service. There are many thousands of newsgroups covering a vast range of subjects. Subscription is free and involves no more than clicking on a button. A list of genealogical newsgroups may be found on our web-sites page.