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Subject: Re: [APG] Ancestry search pages
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 09:05:46 EDT


I think (although obviously I can't speak for the company) that TGN/Ancestry
wishes to break out of the "niche" market that is "Genealogy Only" to have a
broader "family" and "social networking" appeal. Everyone is interested in
FAMILY and SOCIALIZING but not everyone is a serious genealogist. This is the
way the company can obtain the financing it needs to continue to grow and
provide more services for everyone--including US.

Personally I think anything (within reason) that keeps the boat afloat so
that services can be provided to help us is a good thing.

Oh, and by the way, I don't think I have any special "pull" in getting
things accomplished other than that I have been known to nag the programmer in
IRC. On occasion he might even listen. <g>


In a message dated 7/3/2008 3:04:58 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,

A good observation. Unfortunately, it appears that those of us who would
like Ancestry.com to tailor its product to providing historical databases
are vastly outnumbered. From a message received from Ancestry Wednesday:

"Surveys and site analysis told us that the 5 million Ancestry members
building their family trees on Ancestry.com want quick access to their trees
(particularly the pedigree view)."

You and I probably wouldn't dream of spending the time necessary to build
our trees on line - but 5 million people do. And that, I am afraid, is a
whole lot of clout!

Richard P.
Fairfax, Virginia

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