November 30, 2015

Rootsweb Gets A New Address


I suppose it was inevitable that when The Generations Network bought Rootsweb there would be some changes. It was announced today that there will be an address change for Rootsweb, but not a change in availability or affordability. It will still be free, which is very good news. If you are new to Rootsweb, its intent was that it would be by the people, and for the people, and it touted itself as the only free place on the web to find genealogical information.

As you can see from the comments on the link I included here, most seem to feel that this is the beginning of the end of Rootsweb as a free entity. We can only wait and see, I guess, but sad to say, it may be that once again greed will win out.

What will be different is that the Web address for all RootsWeb pages will change from to

  • Don’t forget the other enormously helpful (and still free) site USGenWeb is still available for your family history research needs too.

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