WELCOME BACK! (Announce)

by admin ⌂, Forest of Dean, Sunday, May 08, 2016, 18:51 (2958 days ago)

We are sorry that the site has been down for a few days and for being unable to get a message online to let you all know what was happening.

So that you are fully in the picture the site became the target of a person or persons unknown who made a considerable number of attempts (thousands!) to access the site’s administration pages thus creating a lot of traffic and putting the server under severe pressure. This resulted in our Hosts taking the site offline to protect it and also to protect other users on the server. After some investigation and discussion we decided to take the opportunity to change to an upgraded server as this will give us more flexibility and lessen the likelihood of this happening again.

Needless to say the events of the past few days have resulted in a considerable amount of time and effort by us and our hosts and upgrading the server is resulting in an increase in costs. Your donations therefore continue to be very welcome.

It is perhaps an opportune time to say that whilst our contribution to the Forum in recent times has somewhat lessened there are things going on the background and in particular we are conducting a thorough review and audit of the Parish Register database. This is already proving to be a valuable exercise and once completed we will let you know.

Finally we thank you for your patience over recent days and for your continued support.



by rhianonturrell @, Sunday, May 08, 2016, 19:20 (2958 days ago) @ admin

Thank you reassuring everyone that you had not disappeared!
I have just tried to give a donation and it says that page is not found-part of the problems perhaps?
Hope everything is sorted soon as I certainly missed you! I will try to make a donation tomorrow.
Best wishes and thanks as always for your hard work & efficiency.


by admin ⌂, Forest of Dean, Sunday, May 08, 2016, 20:06 (2957 days ago) @ rhianonturrell

The link near the top right of the Forum page was not working so we have removed it for the time being but you will find the link on the Home Page is fully functional. Thank you for bringing the problem to our notice.


Since posting the above we have been able to restore the Donate link to the near top right of the Forum page.


by selbyfamily @, Monday, May 09, 2016, 09:41 (2957 days ago) @ admin

Glad everything is back to normal. Thank you all for your hard work in doing this. I have just managed to make a donation, something I was going to do a while back but hadn't got round to doing so this has made it a priority for me.


by Roughyedbach @, Oldham, Lancashire, Thursday, May 12, 2016, 00:26 (2954 days ago) @ admin

Really delighted to have this amazing site back. What a scare! I would urge all members of this site to contribute just a couple of quid to it's upkeep - the price of a coffee is surely affordable to serious users of the wonderful resources made available to us.

Our shared ancestry makes us a caring and sharing bunch of people.
Please let's stick together as our predecessors did and keep this site afloat.

Thanks for all you do guys


by ritpetite @, New Zealand, Sunday, May 22, 2016, 21:23 (2943 days ago) @ admin

Idiots. Glad you are onto it. I do not mind if it is down for a short time as long as you can sort the mess the stupid person/persons did.

Well done. and thank you

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