Thursday, November 03, 2011 and hubris.

Genealogists should avoid

The genealogical website, is displaying hubris. They are following the Netflix model of taking their service and drastically changing the terms of service. What was a free account for storing your family tree is now a pay service. For free you can only add 100 people. I have several thousand people in my tree so I cannot add people any more. Geni used to be my primary place for storing family information, but I am switching to the free tree storage at I will be migrating photos to Ancestry over the next few months. Why would anyone pay $7.95 a month for the rest of your life ... and eternity if you want your children and grandchildren to be able to add to the tree after your own death. Ancestry offers the same service for free, and with a paid account to Ancestry you get actual transcribed primary documents. All Geni offers you is access to your own tree, and access to anyone else that has a match in their tree. You do not need a paid account to access your tree in Ancestry, just a paid account to access matches in other trees. In Ancestry you just have to do it once, get a 1 month account or a one year account. Geni wants $95.4 a year just to access your own data.

Better use of $100 would be to buy a terabyte hard drive and use to store your tree for free.