Daniel Floyd Sackett, one of the group of Sackett researchers who "met" through the original Rootsweb surname list, shortly leading to the setting up of the Sackett mailing list, has died at the age of 63. His obituary appears on the Missoulian (Montana) website.
In the 1990s, Daniel compiled in an early version of Family Tree Maker a detailed database of American Sacketts, and it was these records that became the basis of the databases now on the Sackett Family Association websites.
Sackett historian Thurmon King remembers Daniel well. They met with Ruth Rawlings, another early member, when Daniel came from Missoula to Richland, WA, to make copies of documents held by Ruth.
Added The Sackett Book Project.
A Sackett book is being compiled, to be published on completion as an e-book. The book will contain genealogical sketches of all known early Sacketts up to the generation that includes the grandchildren of Simon Sackett the colonist, with further generations added in subsequent editions.
The book will present the records in a logical genealogical sequence, enabling the reader to trace the history of the family through time, generation by generation.
The Sackett Book Project page lists those Sacketts so far identified for inclusion in the book, arranged in the order of the book. Names are linked to person pages, and there are "Previous | Next | Index" links on each individual's page.
Apart from a couple of brief periods in September, the Sackett mailing list on RootsWeb/Ancestry has now been out of action for more than two months. This follows a period of intermittent working and a few days of major problems when RootsWeb's spam filters failed.
RootsWeb's failure to keep users informed of their progress in fixing the problems only adds to everyone's frustration. The most recent information on their website, billed as “Current Issues on RootsWeb” and dated 29 August, is nearly two months old.
An enquiry today elicits the information that they are "upgrading their technical infrastructure", and that "everything should be working as normal again" when the upgrade is completed. Unfortunately, they have no idea when that might be.