I just checked Ancestry.com’s blog and found out that Ancestry has decided to take off the internet its Internet Biography Database. You can read the rest of the article here.
What I find interesting is that Ancestry has labeled the uproar over its behavior as “concerns about the collection.” If a person has not already read about the issue on other genealogy blogs, that person might get the impression that it was not an uproar, when in fact it really was. In short, if a person just happened to only see Ancestry’s latest blog article, they would not be aware that many genealogists/family historians were angry and outraged over what Ancestry did.
This blog article also states, “We have decided to remove this collection and search engine from Ancestry.com for the time being.” Interesting. Does Ancestry intend to only remove this database temporarily and repost it when the uproar has died down? I guess that means that the genealogy community needs to stay on the alert when it comes to new databases that Ancestry posts.
If you want to read my post on the database issue, click here.
Originally posted on August 29, 2007.