“We are currently working to move the entirety of RootsWeb to new machinery that can handle the load and be backed up in a consistent and reliable manner,” says Ancestry.com’s Anne Mitchell. Ancestry is making the switchover this week. During that time, you may notice short periods when RootsWeb is unavailable.
This is great news. There’s a good chance that the advertisements shown on RootsWeb are not generating enough revenue to pay for this upgrade. Certainly it is not generating the profit margin that Ancestry’s DNA business is generating. From a good business standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to update RootsWeb. I believe they are making this upgrade to generate good will. After the RootsWeb crash back in February, you, the RootsWeb community, expressed yourselves effectively and they are responding. When they gobbled up RootsWeb, they said they would keep it running. No one should expect that means forever. But thanks to them and thanks to you, they are making good on that statement.
Users are complaining that new additions to RootsWeb are not being index. This includes GEDCOMs uploaded to WorldConnect, Obituary Daily Times, and mail archives. Once this upgrade is finished, Ancestry will work to fix that.
You may have experienced some data loss the last time RootsWeb went down. That will not be happening during the outages this week, as these are planned, controlled, outages.