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WELCOME to the NORTH-AFRICA Discussion List. 

This is a discussion area for anyone who has an interest in researching their Family Genealogy (al-Nasabu wal-A`qab) in the NORTH AFRICAN Countries of Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.  We also welcome the discussion of history and culture of these countries.

In addition, you can join the genealogy mailing list of any or all of the North African Countries indicated on the map above by clicking on the country's respective Icon.

My name is Karima and I am the administrator of this list. I'm responsible for keeping it running as smoothly as possible and setting some rules and guidelines. 

Please read this message, as it contains a lot of important information regarding the way this list is administered. 

Please note:  This list is set up so that all replies automatically go back to the list.  This is done because much of the information posted in replies to queries is also helpful to others on the list. 

If you wish to reply "privately" to someone, just copy and paste that persons address in the "To:" section of the message composition.  I know this is an extra step, but it is not difficult to do.

If you need help, contact me at: 

[email protected]

To POST a message to this list, i.e. genealogical data, queries, history, etc. (information you want other members to read) send it to the following address: 

[email protected]

This list is for the discussion of  the Genealogy and History of NORTH AFRICA.  Discussion of migration patterns, immigration, historical sketches, cultural history, census data, wills, vital records such as Waqf deeds, church records, court records, personal web sites or informational web sites, etc. is encouraged. 

OFF TOPIC subjects are not welcome.  By this, I mean messages which do not pertain to either genealogy or the history and culture of NORTH AFRICA and/or the surrounding area. 

Members who join in on these "off topic" subjects (this pertains to both pro and con opinions) may be put on "read only" status.  If you are in doubt as to the appropriateness of a subject, please contact me privately.

Do not post virus warnings, test messages, chain letters, political announcements or views, current events, items for sale, personal messages,etc. 

For information on virus hoaxes and urban legends see:

HOAXBUSTERS ~ How to recognize hoaxes, what to do about them, and some of the history of hoaxes on the Internet. 

No rude comments or flaming on the list. No discussion of flaming on the list.  For definitions of flaming and related information see: 

NETIQUETTE ~ What is a Flame War? 

Do not impose any other rules or conditions, expressed or implied elsewhere, upon this list. Rules of other forums may not necessarily apply here.  Do not try to regulate this list.  THAT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY.   If you do not like the way someone formats their queries or responses, or the content of their subject titles, take it up with ME personally, NOT on the list.  The list is for Genealogy and History - NOT for political or religious statements - this is a very strict rule and abusing it will result in immediate dismissal from the list. 

Important:  If another member of the list contacts you privately to complain about a message you have posted, please forward the message directly to me.

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 judgment. Quoting the previous writer's signature block or surname list is totally unnecessary.

If you are subscribed in "digest" form, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT just hit the reply button when replying to a message in the digest.  This will result in sending the entire digest back to the list.  If this happens, I will ask you to change your subscription from digest to list mode. 

Instead, you will have to "cut and paste" your reply into a new message window and then send it to the list.  If you are unsure how to do this, please contact me and I will help you with it.  You can also find instructions on how to "cut and paste" at the following web site:


Sending a list of the Family Names you are searching is okay but please try to limit them to half a dozen names. Any more than that and many people just won't read them.  Try keeping several small lists and rotate them with each succeeding message.  By all means do not put "roll call" as the only subject line.  List the Family Names themselves in the subject line.  It is also helpful to list the time frame in which you are searching, relating to these names.

To SUBSCRIBE to this list,
send an email message 
with the word 
SUBSCRIBE (and nothing else) 
in the "subject" line of the message to: 

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(for individual message mode)
[email protected]
(for digest mode)

To UNSUBSCRIBE from this list,
send an email message 
with the word 
UNSUBSCRIBE (and nothing else) 
in the "subject" line of the message to: 

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(for both individual message mode and digest mode)

Do not send subscription/unsubscription requests directly to the list.  It won't work and you will not be unsubscribed.  They must be sent to the above addresses. You can use CAPS or lowercase, it doesn't matter. 

To post a message 
(question, reply or other data relating to your research in North Africa)
to the list, send it to: 
[email protected]
Please remember that it helps to put something in the "subject line".  Many people delete messages without any subject.  In addition, a new automated system at RootsWeb will most likely reject any posting without a subject line.

Accuracy is important and sources are vital.  Ancestor lists are worthless if the information is wrong. 

All information need not be accompanied by source citations, but I do recommend strongly that posts either include sources or a note stating that they are available on request. 

If  information is speculation then label it as such until it is proven or commonly accepted as fact. 

When posting your message it is helpful to make the message as readable as possible.  One paragraph, a page long, full of names and dates, is too difficult to decipher and most people won't bother to take the time to do so. 

Write family names in CAPITAL letters. They are much easier to read and are the generally accepted way to write surnames. 

Do not write your entire message in capital letters.  It is very difficult to read and is also considered "shouting."

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 "subject" is about.

Make it clear what is quoted material and what you are adding. Most mail readers 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. 

Post your query frequently if you have not yet found the information you are seeking regarding your ancestor.  New people are joining the list all the time and they may have the info you need. 

Please send all replies to the list, not just to the original poster. Other members may benefit from the data that you provide. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions, suggestions or problems you may have regarding the list.

Happy hunting! 



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