On Monday, August 20, 2001 of Lanham, MD, John Lacombe died in his sleep very unexpectedly.
"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," explained his brother, Tom Lacombe. 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. A long-time and active member of Capital PC User Group, John's web site is one of the most popular sites on www.CPCUG.org.
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.