The big controversy is whether or not Find A Grave will remain free. Here is the official press release from Ancestry.com and here is an excerpt from it:
“We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain its existing policies and mode of operation, and look forward to working with Jim Tipton and the entire Find A Grave team to accelerate the development of tools designed to make it even easier for the Find A Grave community to fulfill its original mission to capture every tombstone on Earth."
I think that statement is pretty clear. I am not sure why people are panicking. Could Ancestry.com change its mind sometime down the road? Sure, but I doubt they will. They will still be making oodles of money. Find A Grave is a very popular website. Ancestry.com will be able to funnel some of the Find A Grave traffic into Ancestry.com subscriptions and Family Tree Maker purchases. Either way, I don’t plan to get upset about it. If things change maybe I will get upset then.
The good news is that Ancestry.com has a lot of resources that Find A Grave does not so you will see some significant updates. Here is what Ancestry.com is telling us:
“Ancestry.com plans to bolster the resources dedicated to Find A Grave to launch a new mobile app, improve customer support, introduce an enhanced edit system for submitting updates to memorials, foreign-language support, and other site improvements.”
Sounds good to me!
Copyright © 2013 Michele Simmons Lewis