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Subject: [NORCAL] Rootsweb announcement
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2008 19:07:55 EDT
> As you know, The Generations Network has hosted and funded
> the RootsWeb online community since June 2000, thereby
> maintaining RootsWeb as the world's oldest and largest
> free genealogy website. TGN remains committed to this
> mission and believes that RootsWeb is an absolutely
> invaluable and complementary resource to Ancestry.com, our
> flagship commercial family history site. We believe in
> both services and want to see both communities prosper and
> As part of this goal, we have decided to "transplant"
> RootsWeb onto the Ancestry.com domain beginning next week.
> 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. What will be
> different is that the Web address for all RootsWeb pages
> will change from www.rootsweb.com to
> www.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Again, the RootsWeb experience
> is not changing.
> The decision to host RootsWeb on Ancestry.com is being
> made for one primary reason: we believe that the users of
> each of our two main websites can be better served if they
> have access to the best services available on both. Simply
> stated, we want to introduce more Ancestry.com users to
> RootsWeb and vice versa.
> Today, despite the fact that Ancestry.com and RootsWeb.com
> are the two most frequently visited family history sites
> on the Web, only 25 percent of visitors to Ancestry.com
> visited RootsWeb in January 2008, while only 20 percent of
> visitors to RootsWeb visited Ancestry.com (according to
> Comscore Media Metrix). We think we will serve our users
> best by doing a better job of letting them know what is
> available on both Ancestry.com and RootsWeb. Hosting
> RootsWeb on Ancestry.com is the first step towards making
> this happen, but we will absolutely look for more and
> better ways down the road to advance this goal.
> Hosting RootsWeb on Ancestry.com will also make it easier
> for us to make changes and improvements to the RootsWeb
> experience in the future.
> All old RootsWeb URLs will continue to work, whether they
> are bookmarks or favorites, links to or from a hosted page
> or URLs manually typed in your Internet browser. We will
> have a redirect in place so that all old URLs will
> automatically end up on the appropriate new RootsWeb URL.
> You will never need to update your old favorites or links
> unless you want to. We have worked to make the transition
> as seamless as possible for our users, and this change
> should have a minimal impact on your experience with the
> RootsWeb will remain a free online experience dedicated to
> providing you with a place where our community can find
> their roots together. If you have questions regarding this
> change please email them to .
> Tim Sullivan
> The Generations Network, Inc.
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