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Welcome to the Polish Genealogical Society of Texas (PGST) Discussion List.  This free list was created to share resources available for researching Polish ancestry and to share activities of the PGST via your Email software.  You must be a subscriber to post to the list.  To subscribe, send the word "subscribe" (without the quotes) as the only text in the body of an Email message to (mail mode) or (digest mode).

My name is Chuck Shultz and I am your PGST webmaster.  I'm also responsible for keeping the list running as smoothly as possible and setting some rules and guidelines.


Please keep this message.  I recommend you keep a copy on file in your computer as well as a printed paper copy that you can find easily.

Read this message.  Yes, I realize it is long but there is a lot of important information here.


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Do not send subscribe/unsubscribe command 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.

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This list is for the discussion of historical and genealogical topics relevant to Poles in Texas.  Discussion of migration patterns, immigration, heraldry, historical sketches, Polish settlements, census data, wills, family Bibles, vital records, web sites, etc. as relates to Polish genealogy is encouraged.  Public announcements of interest to Genealogists in general, though it may not be PGST specific, is permitted but please use discretion.

Do not post virus warnings, test messages, chain letters, political announcements, current events, items for sale, personal messages, etc.  For information on virus hoaxes and urban legends see:

Please do not send file attachments (messages with files appended) to the list.  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.

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

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.  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 in the list.  The list is for Genealogy and History.

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.  I will not tolerate self appointed "list vigilantes".  This can be very intimidating to other members.


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.

Sending a list of the Surnames you are researching is okay but please try to limit them to say, 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 sole subject line.  List the surnames themselves in the subject line.  It is also helpful to include the time frame.


Please remember that it helps to put something in the "subject line".  Many people delete messages without a subject.

When posting your 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.  "Anyone out there researching NOWAKs?" is way too broad and may not get the desired result.

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

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

When replying to the list (this can also 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 mail software 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 text.  Use standard Windows procedures to "cut" unnecessary material.

Post your query frequently, perhaps once a month, if you have not yet found your answer.  New people are joining the list all the time and they may have the info you need.

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

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