Genealogy, local history and historical research in New England and other interesting places. Nutfield was the former land grant ................................. that is now the towns of Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire.
This is a post about three different genealogists, who all
happened to have terrific websites, and who all unfortunately have passed away
William Addams Reitwiesner developed the website www.wargs.com
and he died 12 November 2010. His
website is being managed by Christopher Challender Child of NEHGS because of a
previous agreement. It continues to be updated and managed, and is
still online as a resource for genealogists.
Bridget Schneider co-developer of RAOGK.com “Random Acts of
Genealogical Kindness” died 12 November 2011and the website went off line just
before her death on 16 October 2011. It
has not resumed, although her husband has stated several times that he will
return RAOGK online soon.
Jennifer Marcelais, of the website www.gravematter.com “A Very Grave Matter” died just this past week on 19 September
2012. Her untimely death at the young age of 39 prompted
me to start thinking about not only the loss of a young colleague, but the
possible loss of her wonderful website, and her marvelous collection of New
England gravestone photographs. Fortunately, her friend Bonnie Carberry may
step in to carry on her Very Grave Matter project. Fingers crossed.
These three valuable websites were one or two person
operations. Other genealogical websites are run by boards, businesses or
organizations with backup staff, paid employees and (hopefully) business plans
for continuing operations if the originator or author of the original website
suddenly passes away. But some of our best resources on line are not
Ancestry.com or Familysearch.org . They are much smaller websites that are just
as valuable to genealogists as the big commercial websites.
When Bridget Schneider passed away, the genealogy community
was in an uproar at losing an invaluable resource. However, over the past year other projects
have started up to replace this hole in our genealogy toolbox. There are FB groups, wikis and a new website
called http://generousgenealogists.com/ It has not been easy to cobble together a
patchwork of resources to replace RAOGK.
Top Ten “At risk”Genealogy Websites (In my humble opinion)
What would we do if
one of these people suddenly passed away and we lost their websites? Do they have backup plans? Can we as a genealogy community help develop
guidelines and resources to prevent their loss, and other losses?
Note: these are websites I personally find invaluable. You probably have your own list of invaluable
websites, run by a single person, that are also in danger of loss to the public
if their originators do not have plans in place for continuing the website in
the case of death or disability. Please
feel free to list your personal favorite websites in the comments.
A recent article about Jenn Marcelais from the Portsmouth