This is going to be very, very cool. Research is going to increase
Why hasn't it been free? Making money off of family history?
Ernest T. Bass,The websites about to be made free are for profit
companies. I could go to a professional genealogist for help in compiling my
family history, but I would expect to pay them. The church makes its website
free for obvious reasons. Others want payment for their time and investment.
They do not necessarily see it as part of a saving ordinance.
Family history research is not always free because the LDS church does not own,
for example, ancestry.com. But you could still go to any LDS family history
center and access ancestry.com for free. The difference now is you
can have your own account for free. Which is actually a pretty big deal if you
are researching a lot at home. And especially if you want to share and sync the
same tree file and information with other family members. In other words,
instead of pulling up someone else's tree and then manually transferring
information to yours, you can share a tree and family members with permissions
to that tree can update etc.If this means free access to
international files too then this will be HUGE!
"Making money off of family history?"Yes. Someone or some
group of people took the personal risk of investing their resources, expertise
and time in forming a company in an area they felt would be monetarily
profitable to themselves as a result of market demand.That's
what business do. They provide services in order to make money. There is nothing
evil about that.If society continues to buy into the philosophy that
business are making 'too much money,' then I would suggest those who
feel that way either start their own business to provide the services they are
looking for, or relocate to a country that provides everything just for being
born there.(Or, is that what the current administration is trying to
This is indeed exciting. I used to get frustrated by hitting dead ends, with
some website that I can't fully trust, advertising their expertise. Even
then, if you do find a reputable service, you need big bucks to save your dead.
Our stake president is one of them.
May I offer my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Brother Brimhall, for arranging
this deal, and to The Lord for softening hearts to make it all possible? Now
this work can really move forward. Exciting times, indeed!
Speaking as the daughter of a retired professional genealogist, I shake my head
in amazement when I hear LDS people who are annoyed that professional
genealogists charge money.When the toilet in the church backs up,
the plumber who comes to fix it gets paid. The construction workers building
the temples get paid. Likewise, if you want the expertise of a professional
genealogist, you pay him or her. It's not his or her "calling" to
find your ancestors, it's yours. You, the person responsible for the
ancestors, can choose to invest your time, or you can choose to invest your
money as you obey that commandment.Strange, I know, but we, the
children of a professional genealogist, got hungry, got sick, needed braces,
grew out of our clothes, and even wanted to go to college. Our father was
frequently interrupted in his efforts to provide those things for us by
thoughtless members who thought he should share his expertise for free. And
I'm talking about strangers here, as he usually chose to help those in our
ward for free.
I am certainly glad this service will be free. Several years ago I had joined
ancestry.com an submitted all my genealogy for my family to retrieve the info.
When they tried to access the info they were told they had to pay a subscription
to view it. I think it was $80. I was so annoyed that I did all the research and
now ancestry had kept all the info and charged my family! They claimed they
could not remove the info because they populated my info into their system.
Needless to say, I took the case to my attorney who got them to undo what was
done. In the meantime, I got my own domain and passed on the genealogy that
way. Also, the terms now reflect that what you submit becomes their property.