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    1. [HERALDRY] [ADMIN NOTE] The Rootsweb lists are ending communication March 2, 2020 Were we go from here
    2. Lauren Boyd McLachlan
    3. Dear List Members: By now, you have heard that Ancestry is closing the Rootsweb mailing lists to live communication.As of March 2, 2020 you will not be able to send or receive messages via Rootsweb lists. Whatever is currently housed under the Domain Name Rootsweb, will remain until Ancestry makes any decisions it feels necessary in future. The List Archives for all the LIsts at Rootsweb are to remain viewable. and searchable. I do not find their search engine to be robust. You may want to browse each year and month if you do not find searching the list to turn up what you are seeking. Also, trying a google search can be effective. You have about a day to post your last ditch messages. BE SURE to put your contact information in the body of the post so that people can contact you in future. Be aware that this informaiton will be permanently viewable to anyone searching the archives in future, so be prudent and do not compromise your own security. When the lists close, tha Admin tools also go away. I won't be able to assist with Rootsweb list items. The Rootsweb/Ancestry Message Boards will remain active. You CAN post there. You do NOT need an Ancestry paid account. You do, however, need to have a login ID and password. If you do not have an Ancestry account, you will not be able to have direct contact with authors of posts in private. Consider putting your contact info in the body of your messages. Where do we go from here? Firtsty, Thank you for adding to the body of the your families history since 1996 on I am the Admin for about 100 surname, location, clan and DNA lists. I am downloading all the subscriber addresses. I have not yet created a place to move the lists. However, that is the end aim. Bear with me as I have been a List Admin at Rootsweb since 1996 and have 100 lists to deal with in attempt to preserve a friendly email experience with all who are accustomed to that environment. IF you are on Facebook, there are groups you can join, if you have not already, to discuss and share your Interests. You can easily search and use the "group" classification to find all which may apply. Karen and Brian who began Rootsweb, and also created LInkpendium, were heavily considering creating "Rootsweb the Next Generation." I held off acting to move the lists elsewhere as I was hoping they would go forth with their perceived craziness and I could move all to RWTNG. Alas, life is too complicated to create such a venue at this time. That said, they will be adding links as they are sent to them, to show where the Rootsweb lists have gone. I have not asked Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's list, butt I suspect she may do the same. Lots of work. There are currently over 31, 000 lists housed at Rootsweb. If the admin is active, they will be considering options. So...Let me assure you that I will not use your email addresses for any purpose but to alert you where I have found to continue this conversation. If your list is associated to an organization, I will be supplying your information to them for followup as they may have established a presence elsewhere of which they can alert you. Happy Trails, Lauren Boyd McLachlan Rootsweb Volunteer since 1996 Ancestry Volunteer since 2000 100 Lists 235 Message Boards

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