Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rootsweb Review Bites the Dust

It seems like change is inevitable and constant, doesn't it?  For many years (14, I think), Rootsweb Review was a constant in the genealogy world - a weekly newsletter (and recently a monthly newsletter) chock full of useful, interesting and humorous articles and notes. 

It was a must-read for me for all of those years - I looked forward to reading it, and saved many of them.  Many society newsletters have used items from Rootsweb Review over the years to inform their readers.

The last issue of Rootsweb Review, December 2011, came in today's email.  Editor Anna Fechter wrote:

"I have had the privilege of being part of RootsWeb for many years and for the past 5 years I have worked behind the scenes on things such as creating mailing lists, message board improvements and managing the day-to-day operations of the site. For the past few years I have been the editor of the RootsWeb Review working with Gerhard, Joan and Mary to create an informational and entertaining newsletter. It saddens me to tell you that this will be the last edition of the RootsWeb Review. For 14 years we have laughed at funny names, cried over amazing discoveries, screamed in frustration at our brick walls, and most importantly we’ve grown and found our roots together. I encourage you to stop by the Newsroom for updates on what is happening around RootsWeb. Best wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday season.

Anna Fechter"

Hopefully, the full suite of Rootsweb Review issues will remain (forever?) in the Rootsweb archives at   The current list does not have November and December 2011 included yet.

Thank you to the editors, writers and contributors who gave so much to inform so many budding and experienced genealogy researchers over the past 14 years.  It was a labor of love for them, and I, for one, really appreciate the effort and the product.


Myra Vanderpool Gormley said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments. As one of the original editors or RootsWeb Review, it means a great deal to know that our publication help you and others. It was a labor of love.

Myra Vanderpool Gormley, CG

Judy Webster said...

I too have learned a lot from Rootsweb Review, and I have saved many editions on my computer because they are such valuable reference tools. My sincere thanks to all concerned.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your kind words, Randy. May I add that you make a really great Santa!

Joan Young

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Rootsweb was my introduction to genealogy, way back in the earliest day. Hate to see this day come... ;-)

Anonymous said...

Why are they ending it? :( I will miss the Review so much! It's one of the few Genealogy publications I actually enjoy.