The site “” has been suspended. Why would that have happened? [closed]

+15 votes
It is an excellent site.
closed with the note: Question has been answered
in Genealogy Help by William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
retagged by Maggie N.
very odd indeed
Never heard of it until now.
I think the Peerage website has been suspended again today. I have restarted my computer in case it was that but the website still doesn't seem to work.

This site can’t be reached’s server IP address could not be found.

I'm having the same issue. I truly hope this is only temporary! I use this website every day. I used the website '' and it says its not just me. That the entire website is down but doesn't give a reason as to why. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it will be back soon!!
It’s working again !!! Just went on tonight to test it and it came in Luke normal. Hopefully it’ll stay on
Sure enough; maybe it was maintenance.

It is a good reminder to practice archiving.

9 Answers

+12 votes
Best answer

Darryl Lundy, who owns and runs the site single-handedly, says : is now back up and running

Apologies to all for the outage-the web hosting company found a bug on the site and took it down until I fixed it.

Uploads will continue in July when I get back from traveling

by William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
selected by William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster
This site is not responding as of today
Seems like Darryl takes his summer holidays in June/July and maybe the site is down again because he's away...?
+12 votes
They probably forgot to pay their bill for their website.  I'm sure they'll be up again in no time.  Hope so - think of all the links WikiTreers have used!
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
+9 votes
I hope it is temporary. I've used 'thepeerage' quite often on WikiTree. Thank you for pointing this out.
by James Stratman G2G6 Mach 8 (86.3k points)
+10 votes
Really handy site as it lists it's sources. However it's worth making a note of those sources when Wikitree uses it, for occasions like these. Some of the sources are a bit nebulous and I won't cite it then.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (283k points)
A lot of the sources are just references to emails.  I won't use it.
We took it off the pre-1500 resource list completely not just the use with caution section, for that reason
in my own family case I know exactly where the information about my family on the peerage came from mostly me, I distributed my research far and away to a lot of distant cousins, one of them then added it to the peerage, it is one of those that list a reference to an email, but I know the information is good. They have the right parents and birth date for me. But  my  fifth cousin didn't ask the permission of living relatives to do so.
+6 votes

There is a notice on MyHeritage about, perhaps they have bought him out?  Though it does still refer to the original website.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
This is nothing but the usual "user's homepage" on MyHeritage. He only edited the text to his own wishes.

If MyHeritage had bought they would at least make an announcement of it on their blog.
+15 votes
It's likely it was in quite significant breach of the GDPR - I know there's info from my own living family on there, published without permission.
by Suzanne Doig G2G6 Mach 3 (32.1k points)
my fifth cousin put all our family history on this website including living people without asking permission of all the living relatives so that's why I have anonymous anonymous here.
+9 votes

If they are indeed closed permanently, there will be a lot of broken links - at WikiTree and elsewhere.  It is always a good idea to archive your sources as you post them:

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
And even more importantly to not rely on a link  rather than providing  a fully detailed  citation. (although this particular site, as others  have pointed out  has [had?] flaws and should never really be used as evidence .The pre 1700 England reliable sources says this but it is very recent advice)  

This is the second time that I know of  this week that a link to a  relatively frequently used site has failed.  The other case was when a site changed its URL;  the previous URL now leads elsewhere.
So true Helen, nothing beats a good description linked with a source that explains what was found.
+13 votes

You can still reach it using the Wayback Machine.

by Susan McNamee G2G6 Mach 5 (56.3k points)
+10 votes

the gets forwarded to:

A net search for suspendedpage.cgi returns many discussions about this issue and the most common reasons for a suspension:

Looks like the two best candidates are non-payment and policy violation.  If the former, the site could be back up once fees are paid.  If the latter, could be down for quite some time.

by SJ Baty G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)

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