Friday, September 22, 2017
Genealogy.org another Ancestry website
At the bottom of the startup page for Ancestry.com, there is a link to "Visit our other sites." Here is a screenshot of the menu:
Interestingly, Ancestry.com has other websites that are not listed. Genealogy.org is one of those websites. Although, upon examination, it appears to be mostly a "feeder" website but it does have extensive reference and explanation material. Here is an example:
An interesting feature of the Genealogy.org website is the list of "Top Genealogy.org Member Websites." This is a list of 123 websites around the Internet related to genealogy in a number of different languages. Most of these websites have almost no traffic as shown by the "hits" count provided by the listing. Apparently, at some time in the past, websites could apply to join as a member website but the link now shows that feature to be inactive. I couldn't find any history online about the website but it appears that it was once an independent website acquired by Ancestry.com. That was the case with Genealogy.com and I am guessing further that Ancestry.com wanted to make sure that it owned both the .com and the .org websites with the word "genealogy."
Some of the links listed for the websites seem to be broken and some have redirects which I would avoid. In this age of mega websites for genealogy and sweeping searches such as those done by Google make these older listing websites less useful. But they remain interesting artifacts of the way that technology is changing.