May 13, 2002

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Genealogy Today chosen to Roll out The Barrel

Genealogy Today ( is pleased to announce its responsibility as the new management group for John Lacombe's popular Barrel of Genealogy Links.

"When John passed away unexpectedly back in August, we were concerned about what would happen," explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "John's site has been an essential tool for many genealogists. On the suggestion of some of our Team Roots members, I extended an offer to John's brothers to give the site permanent space on our servers."

A few weeks later, Tom Lacombe responded, "His close friends have made it clear that they want to keep his sites alive, and I believe you and your team can accomplish that." John's original intention was for A Barrel of Genealogy Links to list the best links for those seriously interested in genealogy - a goal that he achieved back in 1996 when it was first launched and even today the listing remains one of the most popular online resources.

The award-winning "barrel" site is organized in four different categories: the original genealogy barrel, Civil War resources, family-oriented sites and commercial genealogy sites. In its six years of existence, The Barrel has become one of the most widely used starting points for online research.

When asked what John would think about our effort to preserve his works, Tom said, "He would be so happy, his work on the computer made him an equal, or maybe I should say it put him at an advantage, and he loved to be making a positive contribution." In the online world, few knew (or could even tell) that John was a quadriplegic.

John Lacombe was also the creator of U.S. MOST WANTED CRIMINALS -- the most comprehensive and up-to-date hyperlinked listing of Federal, State and local most wanted criminal and fugitive pages - and U.S. SEX OFFENDERS REGISTRIES - a listing of law enforcement police agencies that have access to a server providing information on Sex Offender Registries (SOR). Genealogy Today is coordinating the ongoing maintenance of these sites as well.

A Genealogy Today sponsored "John Lacombe Merit Scholarship" for 2003 is currently being planned with the CPCUG, a non-profit user group based in Washington, D.C.

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