About.com: Genealogy blogger Kimberley Powell reports many USGenWeb
project administrators are moving their sites off RootsWeb—a change she says has long been coming, but was hastened by The Generations Network
’s (TGN) decision to transfer RootsWeb to Ancestry.com’s domain (read more about that move in last week's blog post
).See which USGenWeb state and project sites are moving on Powell's blog
. It looks like the relocated sites are adding redirects, and national and state administrators are keeping up with link updates.
A little background: USGenWeb is a network of free genealogy Web sites, one for each state and county. Each state and county site has a volunteer administrator who maintains it and adds information and links, which is why the sites look different. USGenWeb also hosts special projects on the national and state levels, such as the Family Group Sheet Project to post and link to online pedigree charts. National USGenWeb administrators link to the everything from the USGenWeb home page.
The national USGenWeb site and many of the local sites have long been hosted on RootsWeb, which TGN purchased in 2000 and has financially supported—and kept free—since then.
Powell says some USGenWeb administrators have been unhappy with slow RootsWeb servers and the lack of ability to add some of the bells and whistles today’s Web surfers are used to seeing.
Others are uncomfortable with the RootsWeb acceptable use policy
—the legalese of which gives TGN license to use the data posted on RootsWeb servers (submitters retain copyright)—or feel the free, volunteer nature of USGenWeb is incompatible with a for-profit host. Of course, the connection was always there, but it's more obvious with ancestry
in RootsWeb's URL.
The Family Group Sheet Project’s site
, for example, has moved, and its redirect page
bears a prominent message that "THIS SITE IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANCESTRY." Read more about what USGenWeb administrators have to say on Powell’s blog
, and let us know what you think by clicking Comments below.