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From: "Perfect" <>
Subject: Re: [NORCAL] Rootsweb announcement
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 01:23:01 -0000
How does rootsweb.com make money? I use it and I am a subscriber to
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Subject: [NORCAL] Rootsweb announcement
> RootsWeb Announcement
>> 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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