The new BGS Announce list is NOT a Google Group. BGS Members are automatically subscribed to the Announce list.
If you want to join one of the Genealogy Interest Groups (GIG), you need a Google Account or a gmail address. To register for a free Google Account follow the instructions at Google Account Help.
To join a GIG, click on the appropriate group link below and then click on the "Apply for membership" link. The Google account will work for any of these groups.http://groups.google.com/group/flbgs
If you have any problems, go to the Google Account Help page. If that doesn't resolve your problem, contact the group owner or the BGS webmaster.