The BIN has received word from "The Generations Network" that Rootsweb.com will be transplanted with Ancestry.com, a paid service. TGN is the parent company of both networks and as many of you know, Rootsweb has been free for many years. The move will take place next week which incorporate the Rootsweb domain behind the Ancestry domain (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/)
Tim Sullivan, CEO of TGN, states there is only one reason behind the move. "We believe that the users of each of our two main websites can be better served if the have access to the best services available on both. Simply stated, we want to introduce more Ancestry.com users to RootsWeb and vice versa." Sullivan insists that Rootsweb will continue to be free however we believe otherwise.
TGN also announced earlier that banners would be placed on Rootsweb and that information on the site would become property of TGN. The Briles Information Network places it's GEDCOM on Rootsweb so people have access to our genealogy information. But this info is our information and TGN should not have rights to it.
At this time, The BIN is debating on whether to continue relationship between network and TGN/Rootsweb.com. The BIN does have two other databases on our server so this loss will be minimal. The BIN will make an announcement regarding this breaking news in short time.