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Please note that the AUS-NSW-NORCO whilst still active, is not currently administered by a moderator.  Please follow the rules of posting and associated guidelines carefully; and deter from posting inappropriate subject matter.

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Area covered by the AUS-NSW-NORCO mail list

This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in family, local and regional history relating to the North Coast area of the state of New South Wales in Australia.

For the purpose of this list, the North Coast is defined as that area North from Newcastle to the Qld border and inland including the plateau of the Great Dividing Range. People are welcome to post in relation to the New England area on Norco.

The major towns are Foster, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore, Ballina, Yamba, Bellingen, Dorrigo and any in between.

AUS-NSW-NORCO neighbours

There are many mail lists covering NSW. Most are hosted by Rootsweb. There are lists for Manning, Hunter,  and West which cover the neighbouring areas to the NSW North Coast.

For further details including subscribing to these list visit the NSWGenWeb Project.


You can subscribe to the list in either the List mode or Digest mode.

In List mode, every post is sent to you as an individual email.

In Digest mode, posts are grouped together into one email and sent to you approximately daily (depending on the number of posts).

To subscribe in List mode, send a message to:
with only the word 'subscribe' in the body of the letter. No header is required and signatures should not be used.

To unsubscribe from the List mode, send a message to:
with only the word 'unsubscribe' in the body of the letter. No header is required and signatures should not be used.

To subscribe in Digest mode, send a message to:
with only the word 'subscribe' in the body of the letter. No header is required and signatures should not be used.

To unsubscribe from the Digest mode, send a message to:
with only the word 'unsubscribe' in the body of the letter. No header is required and signatures should not be used.

If you would like to change to the other mode, unsubscribe from your current mode and then subscribe to the other mode.

Note that signatures in the body of the subscribe/unsubscribe request (such as those added by servers such as HOTMAIL) will cause problems with the automatic subscription process. In these cases, please email the list owner (at the above address) who will manually subscribe/unsubscribe you.


To post a message to this list send it to:
The above address is to be used regardless of whether you are subscribed in List or Digest mode.

What not to post

The List is dedicated to matters relating to the North Coast area of NSW.

Do not post virus warnings, test messages, chain letters, political announcements, current events, personal messages, discussions of genealogy programs, etc. to the list.

Do not post copyrighted material to the list.

Do not breach the privacy of living people.

Do not spam the list (spam is the sending of un-requested off-topic posts to multiple recipients).

Do not use a long signature. Rootsweb generally suggests a maximum of five lines.

Messages exceeding 20 kilobytes in length will be rejected by the Rootsweb computer.

Messages should be posted as straight text with a maximum size of 20KB. File attachments such as database files (e.g. GEDCOM) and picture files will be rejected by the Rootsweb computer. If you  have a file you would like to share with the members, announce what you have to offer, then send the file only to those who request it, via private email.

If you have HTML or RTF turned on in your email program, please turn them off, as your posts may be rejected by the server and returned to you.

To save bandwidth, posters are requested to limit their own signatures. Five lines are fine, ten are far too many.

Subscribers breaking these rules may be permanently unsubscribed without warning.


Try to keep quoting to a minimum. "Quoting" is repeating text of the message you are replying to.  Some quoting is necessary to remind other readers what the thread is about, but do try to use good judgement. Quoting the previous writer's signature block or surname list is  unnecessary.

When replying to the list (this also can apply to private replies) try to quote some portions of the previous message so that other readers are reminded what the "thread" is about. Make it clear what is quoted material and what you are adding. Most email programs take care of this for you by inserting greater-than signs ">" at the beginning of each quoted line or possibly double brackets "<<" before and ">>" after the quoted piece. Use standard Windows procedures to "cut" unnecessary material.

When replying, it is generally of interest to other list members and therefore appreciated if you reply to the list. This also ensures your reply is archived for the benefit of later subscribers. It is however up to you whether you reply to the list or personally to the original poster.  If your information is unlikely to be of interest to other subscribers, reply by email directly to the original poster. You can reply to both by replying to the List and copying and pasting the original senders email address from the original message into the "Cc" section of the message.

If you are subscribed in digest mode, chances are your email program has inserted the subject line 'AUS-NSW-NORCO-D Digest Vxx #x'. Remember to change this before you post.

Tips for successful posting for Newbies (and Oldies)

Always use a helpful subject line like "Hanly family; Brierfield near Bellingen; 1878 to 2000". You will find it easier to scan such posts yourself and it is particularly useful if you are searching the archives, rather than a useless title like "Inquiry about my family line".

When posting a family query try to give as much information as you know, i.e. dates and places of all vital events if known, along with enough other family members so that the reader can positively identify if they are researching the same family.  Remember to include the four basic items:

    WHO (you are posting about [complete name]),
    WHERE (did these folks live?),
    WHEN (did these folks live?) and
    WHAT (are you seeking?),

When you have finished writing your reply and BEFORE you send it, scroll down and delete all unnecessary material from the previous message - quote ONLY enough to show what you are answering. This is especially appreciated by those who receive their mail in the Digest mode, who otherwise receive the same message over and over again in the one digest. There is definitely no need to resend taglines and long and complex signatures. These are confusing for Newbies, and make the list owner go bald faster.


Be respectful and friendly to all posters. Many will not be as experienced or computer literate as you think you are.

Vulgarity and personal attacks on other list members will not be tolerated.

If someone else violates these rules, please do not discuss the issue on the list. Either discuss it privately or with the list owner.

Do not try to regulate this list. If you do not like the way someone formats their queries or responses, or the content of their subject titles, take it up with the list owner, not in the list.


This list has been archived on the Rootsweb server since its inception in mid 1999.

To look at all the posts to the list or to limit your searches to that list, go to and follow the directions from there.

When you access the system it will ask you for your user name and password. If you haven't previously gone through the step of obtaining these, it will direct you how to. The reason for this is to prevent SPAM scanners from automatically reading e-mail addresses.


The mailing list is presently installed at, which is the home of the Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperative. See for information about Rootsweb and for information about the Rootsweb World Connect Project with searchable Gedcoms and over 20 Million names on line.


Technically, Rootsweb has a "no commercial use" policy. In case of doubt, send the message to the list owner, and I'll review it and forward it to the list if appropriate. Despite this, messages about new publications relating to the area are especially encouraged. Offers of services at a fee are particularly discouraged.

What is a Mailing List?

An electronic 'mailing list' is a collection of people with an interest in a particular subject, where an email sent to the mailing list address is resent to all the people on the list.

Many lists are set up to cover a multitude of subjects, and in genealogy, most are based upon a surname or a region, although a few also exist that cover subjects like periods of history, emigration, etc.

Mailing lists are a safe way of talking to other people. Viruses cannot be transmitted by  the email itself, only as part of an attachment to the email. Rootsweb does not allow attachments to be posted to the list, thus protecting the subscribers.

The addresses of people subscribed to a list are not available publicly, which means that being a member will not make you more susceptible to spamming. The only time your email address is visible to others is when you post to the list, and even then it is only visible to the other subscribers.

To join a mailing list, the person needs to 'subscribe' to the list with a valid email address.  Subscription is free, and is merely a tool that the computer uses to know who to re-send the emails to. The subscription process is automatic and requires that the person send an email to a particular address (see later for further details). If successful, an acknowledgement/welcome message is sent back to you, giving your more details. To unsubscribe from a list  is just as easy.

Once you are subscribed to a list, every time another subscriber 'posts' to the list (sends an email to the list address), you, and all other subscribers, will get a copy of that post. Likewise your posts are sent to all the subscribers. You may also reply to a post, by replying to the list, so that others will see your reply, or you may elect to respond privately to the author of the post.

There are two ways in which you may receive your emails from the mailing list, List mode and Digest mode.

In List mode, every post to the list, is re-sent to you almost immediately as an individual email. On a very busy list you may receive up to 100 emails a day, but the AUS-NSW-NORCO list averages 3-5 a day, although it may go over this occasionally.

In Digest mode, the posts are saved up and sent to the subscriber as a single combined post once very day or three, depending on the volume of emails. If the list has a very busy day you may get more than one digest a day. No posts are missed out, you just get one bigger email rather than lots of smaller ones.

A subscriber may subscribe in either the List mode or the Digest mode. It is a matter of personal preference. I personally prefer List Mode


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