What a week it has been. After challenges with Ancestry.com noted in DearMYRTLE's blog entry titled Numbers, ranking & Ancestry.com (29 Aug 2007 12:39pm Pacific US) followed by Ancestry withdraws offensive database (29 Aug 2007 4:15pm Pacific US), we now hear an apology and statement of purpose:
From Ancestry.com's blog, 24/7 Family History Circle, we find a posting from Ancestry employee Kendall Hulet:
"I wanted to write you a note because I’m extremely concerned about the frustrations that the recently-removed Internet Biographical Collection has caused. We had hoped to provide a way for you to be able to search the entire web easily for genealogically-relevant pages and provide for preservation of sources for future generations. In looking back, we understand why members of the community are upset. We’ve heard you loud and clear, and we’ve removed this product with no intention of re-releasing it. Instead, it is my hope that someday we’ll be able to provide a free web search engine that links directly back to the live web pages, and can become a useful tool to the genealogical community. If we do move forward with this type of initiative, we will seek your input and talk more with community leaders to make sure we get it right." Source: More on the Internet Biographical Collection
Ol' Myrt here sure hopes Ancestry will follow-through with this plan.
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