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# Thursday, March 13, 2008
RootsWeb To Be Hosted on Ancestry.com
Posted by Diane

The Generations Network (TGN) CEO Tim Sullivan announced today that the free genealogy Web site RootsWeb will be transplanted to the domain of the subscription site Ancestry.com beginning next week. Instead of going to rootsweb.com, you’ll log on to rootsweb.ancestry.com.

RootsWeb will otherwise stay the same and stay free, says Sullivan. “This move will not change the RootsWeb experience or alter the ease of navigation to or within RootsWeb. RootsWeb will remain a free online experience.” Old URLs will work; you won’t need to update any bookmarks.

The reason for the change is to get more people to move back and forth between Ancestry.com and RootsWeb. According to the announcement, only 25 percent of visitors to Ancestry.com visited RootsWeb in January 2008, and only 20 percent of visitors to RootsWeb visited Ancestry.com.

The Generations Network (formerly MyFamily.com), which owns Ancestry.com, acquired RootsWeb in June 2000.


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Thursday, March 13, 2008 4:25:27 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Thursday, March 20, 2008 1:16:46 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
This is just one more way to get people to subscribe to their money making site, Ancestry.com. I switch back and forth between Rootsweb and Ancestry all the time. Sometimes with a few clues you can find things free on other sites. I think more of us do this than "The Company" wants to admit. But I must admit that after much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, I do subscribe to Ancestry for short periods of time. It is all about money. Sad, Sad , Sad!!!
Thursday, March 20, 2008 3:17:38 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I do the same. Who can afford a yearly subscription anymore? I used to do it but that was back when the price was reasonable and I wasn't on a fixed income. I subscribe for a month at a time. And then wait at least another month for new stuff to be added. Ancestry is just out pricing themselves. It's really too bad.
Nichole
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