RootsWeb Hosted Web Sites are Returning, the parent company of RootsWeb, is slowly bring RootsWeb hosted sites back online. (For more information about the issues involved, see my earlier articles by starting at Now an article in the RootsWeb Blog states:

“We are bringing hosted websites back in phases.

“We have identified about 600 USGENWEB sites to bring back first, listed below. Owners of these sites should have received an email with instructions on how to reset their password and get to their content. These sites are now available from the appropriate USGENWEB page. If you believe you should have been contacted, please contact us: Questions about USGENWEB. Please include the name of your site and any other information you have.

“Other sites will be reinstated upon request. To make a request, go to Restore Website Form.

“For those that would just like to download their websites contents from RootsWeb, we will publish instructions on how to do it the week of July 10th.”

The article in the RootsWeb Blog goes on with a very long list of USGENWEB pages that have already been restored. You can read it at:



It looks like Ancestry is making a play to get as many sites under their wing as possible, so they can manipulate the info under their site so you have to be member of it to get any of the info from any of these sites. Not an fan so quite suspect of this move for that reason.


Dick, thanks for the post. I was able to use this to recover pages from one of my family web sites once hosted by Rootsweb. The site went missing a while back. Another website hosted by Rootsweb and created by myself also went missing, but I can’t remember the email I used at the time as admin of that site. All the emails I could recall don’t work for that site.


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