The Genealogy website Rootsweb has been down since Wednesday 24 February 2016, much speculation on why the site was down. Today it has been confirmed that the outage is due to a major hardware failure and the initial expectation is that the site will be back up around the 15 March 2016. Visitors to the website are met with this new notice.
The site hosts a number of family, state and specialist websites via is Freepages option, these are all currently offline as are the Rootsweb Message Boards and Mailing Lists.
Possibly a timely reminder to ensure we have our research backup and not to wholly rely on online solutions.