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    1. [FORRET] Part 1 Rootsweb maillist closing March 2, 2020
    2. Paul L LeBlanc
    3. Sorry for the repeat many did not get through -----Original Message----- From: Paul L LeBlanc Cousins/Fellow Researchers,   On January 7th Rootsweb informed us that “Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state.  Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb ...”   Upon receiving this notice we immediately began searching for another system that could accommodate the mailing list format we use on Rootsweb.  After much research, we determined Google Groups was our best option.  As such, we have created two new public Google groups:  “Our Acadian Roots” and “Our Louisiana Roots”, which between them will consolidate 77 Acadian and Cajun, 10 uniquely Louisiana, many French surname, and 32 Louisiana Parish sites.  Once up and running, we will “connect” these groups with our sister group (the private “Our Metis Roots” group) to form a consolidated Genealogy research/discussion group that focuses not only on Acadian and Louisiana ancestors, but also on "All Early French in North America".  This will enable us to continue to post questions, make comments, etc. etc., on our genealogy after having done what research we could in the Rootsweb list archives (which, from what I can gather, will still be available for the near future.)  In addition, we will soon add other Acadian, Louisiana, and French surname related research groups, which will expand the number of people we can talk to and bounce our ideas off of.   Come visit our groups' new websites and take a look at the new format:!forum/ouracadianroots   or!forum/ourlouisianaroots   If you would then like join , just click "apply to join group" box located at the top of the page.  If you have any problems, contact me at   I will soon be sending invitations to as many of you as possible, asking if you would like to join the new Google Groups.  Please think about all these changes and decide if you want to continue your research by utilizing our new Groups.  If you want to join, simply click the “Join This Group” link at the bottom of the e-mail, and this will start the process to get you registered in the new Group.   For those of you who want to join but have not received an invitation, please e-mail me directly at and I will add you to one or both of our discussion groups on Google.    One other note  If you would like to create your own "OUR ______ ROOTS" Google Group for your family or Parish/County contact me at .  I may have some ideas to help you get started.  In addition, we may be able to add your new group to our new and expanding research family, more info about which will soon be forthcoming.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this.  Regardless of your final decision, I wish you luck with your ancestor hunting!   Paul L LeBlanc 

    02/25/2020 08:17:30