Column: Is RootsWeb Down for the Count?

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Is RootsWeb Down for the Count?

Snippet: The massive genealogy RootsWeb site unexpectedly shut down for maintenance and repairs on February 24th after major problems arose. It is not expected to be functional until at least March 15th.

RootsWeb is a free genealogy community consisting of online forums, mailing lists and community webpages that help researchers find and share information. It was founded in 1993, making it the oldest free online community for genealogy research. In June 2000, it was purchased by (

Millions of genealogists have participated in one form or another with a RootsWeb feature. Many have created free web pages for their community of interest. In Canada, there are sites for the entire country plus individual sites for each province and territory as well as the counties and communities within them.

The short-term loss to accessing millions of mailing lists, name-studies and community pages has left a few in desperate need to reconnect. There is hope the service will return equally or better than before. However, there is a rumbling of a different sort in the genealogy community, one that may spell the eventual death of RootsWeb.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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