Due to the recent Denial of Service attack, Ancestry.com has delayed retirement of several of their services. (See “Ancestry.com Announces Retirement of Several Websites.”)
Said Ancestry.com spokesperson, Heather Erickson, “Due to recent site issues, we will be extending the period that MyFamily, MyCanvas, Genealogy.com, Mundia and the Y-DNA and mtDNA websites will be available. These sites will not retire until September 30, 2014.” The shutdown was previously scheduled for 5 September 2014.
Many users have expressed disappointment that Ancestry.com is discontinuing these services. Janice commented:
We have used (and my Dad has paid for) myfamily.com just about since its inception. My family consists of 28+ members now and we are spread out around the country in 8 states and over 11 cities. At times, some members were overseas. We have used the site to update support, and navigate each other through cancer, major illnesses, surgeries, adoption, marriage, birthdays, holidays, travel, college and other milestones, and up to and including death. We use the site to reminisce and remember people who are now gone. I am really sorry it's not going to be there for us. I know there are postings on the site I need to print. I wish they would reconsider.
My article was very critical of Ancestry.com’s decision to retire Y-DNA and mt-DNA testing. Within hours Ancestry.com contacted me to discuss the situation. I sent them a couple of examples where Y-DNA testing proved crucial. One disproved a theorized relationship. The other added additional evidence to an indirect proof. I look forward to their response.