In the early days of the genealogical world online, the mailing lists were the way to virtually meet other genealogists, swap information and learn from each other. The world moved on to Facebook, Twitter and a plethora of other methods. As I said last week, the demise of the mailing lists is sad, it is the end of an era, ironic when you think we are at the beginning of a new decade.
The lists have have begun migration, some to Groups.io, others to Google groups, some to FaceBook and some will fold completely. There is a section on the archives page for each list which provides a space for the new URL for the replacement list. Of course, there might not be replacements for some lists. The archives are remaining on the current Rootsweb site, and whilst they are promised to remain, I will not be relying it on, and instead will be reading through the archives as fast as I can. The message boards ARE remaining, though I wonder for how long?
It is somewhat ironic that the demise of the list structure has for some lists been the most activity they have seen in a few years. Meanwhile, I have not currently made plans to move my own surname lists, but will likely do so. There are Facebook groups associated with both studies, and they are not terribly busy, but better to be in both places and provide opportunities, than in one place and miss out connecting with fellow researchers.