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January 22, 2020

RIP Rootsweb Mailing Lists

As many of my readers most likely already know, the following message was sent from Rootsweb earlier this month.

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.

You heard it right. All mailing lists on Rootsweb will be discontinued. It's a shame to lose all the wonderful genealogists sharing and asking questions on these lists so I've started a few replacement lists and groups.

If you are on Facebook be sure to check out the following groups and pages:

Olive Tree Genealogy

Ancestors At Rest

New Netherland Settlers

Van Slyke Genealogy

Van Valkenburg to Vollick

Vrooman Genealogy

Barheit Genealogy

Van Alstyne Genealogy

Goeway Genealogy

Descendants of Adriaen Crijnen Post

Straetsman Genealogy

Peer Genealogy in N. America

Pioneers of Arkell Wellington County

We Are Genealogy Bloggers 

Not on Facebook?

Not to worry I also set up some mailing lists using Google Groups.

New Netherland Settlers
This group is about the history and settlement of New Netherland (present day New York) & the early settlers. In 1624 the first colonists arrived in New Netherland to settle at Fort Orange (present day Albany) & other locations.    
Peer Genealogy
Following the descendants and ancestors of Jacob & Anne Peer and their 8 children from New Jersey to Ontario Canada 1797. Descendants settled in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ontario & New York.    

For anyone interested in the genealogy of Cornelis Antonissen Van Slyke and his nephew Willem Pieterse Van Slyke aka Neef. Both settled in New York in the 1600s.    
Van Valkenburg to Vollick
This group is for descendants of Isaac Van Valkenburg aka Vollick, Loyalist who left New York for Canada during the American Revolution    



kdduncan said...

I miss all of that give and take as well. It seems like all the ways to contact other researchers are now behind paywalls. My rootsweb mailing lists have been inactive for months...maybe years. I've created a few facebook groups, but it is hard to recruit researchers. It seems the bulk of current researchers are leery of collaborating on anything other than DNA matches. Sigh.

Unknown said...

Lin Duke has made a new group at
for those of us researching in Yorkshire. It's a compilation of 3 groups that are now bundled into one. It's really, really busy now but I expect that will slow way down once the flurry of new questions are either answered or not.