The following is the first I've seen about a major policy change at Ancestry.com regarding free access through Family History Centers. Ol' Myrt hasn't been able to verify this, but the reporter of said info is considered reliable.
Among the postings at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FHCNET, Family History Center directors are saying things like:
-- "We haven't been able to get through to Ancestry.com for a week now."
-- "Well we might as well close down the Family History center! 90% of our patrons come because of Ancestry.com It is only once in a blue moon that someone comes..."
From: FHCNET@yahoogroups.com On Behalf Of lorrainehernandez who
"See email sent to FHC Directors thru LDS Mail today
Ancestry has informed the Church that as of April 1, 2007, it will
discontinue this free access to the full Ancestry.com service. Free access
through Ancestry.com to the following databases will continue:
1. Index and images for the 1880, 1900 and 1920 U.S.
2. Full name indices for the British 1841-1891 censuses (England and
3. World War I draft cards indices as created and miscellaneous other
Free access is likely to be discontinued for the remainder of the
Ancestry.com databases including:
1. Index and images for the 1930 U.S. census
2. Index and images for the 1901 British census (England, Scotland, and
At this point, Ancestry.com is not offering an option for Family
History Centers to independently purchase commercial or library site licenses.
Patrons, of course, may choose to subscribe directly to Ancestry.com."
This represents a major shift in Ancestry's service provisions. Will keep my DearREADERS posted.
Happy family tree climbing!
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