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RootsWeb WorldConnect Project Launched.

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 1999-- Announces More Than 5.5 Million Names Added to Newly

Launched GEDCOM Hosting Project; Hailed as Most User-Friendly

Program of Its Type On the Web,, the Internet's oldest and largest genealogy site, has launched a new Genealogical Data Communication (GEDCOM) hosting program entitled the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project

"In the four weeks of its beta test period, users have uploaded more than 5.5 million names to the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project," stated Dr. Brian Leverich, Founder and Chairman of the Board,, Inc. "Our GEDCOM was developed by some of the most talented programmers in the business -- our display capabilities set a new standard."

GEDCOM is a standard file format developed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enables the exchange of information among genealogy software programs. RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project allows individuals -- in a very simple, user-friendly way -- to upload, revise, delete and download GEDCOMs on RootsWeb.

Users hail the WorldConnect Project as the most unrestricted and user-friendly of its kind on the Web. Unlike with other Web sites, RootsWeb users have complete control over their GEDCOMs and can change or remove it completely at any time. RootsWeb will never take the hard work of RootsWeb users and burn that information into a CD-ROM or charge others to access.

RootsWeb's software is the newest, most comprehensive and advanced available on the Web. Key features allow users to: -0-

-- Upload a GEDCOM file generated by ANY of the major software
 applications WITHOUT first having to convert the file to HTML;
-- Revise or delete your GEDCOMs as well as change the display or
 download options at any time;
-- Link the GEDCOM to a home page;
-- Screen or remove information about living individuals from the
-- Attach Post-Em Notes both from the GEDCOM originator and from
 other RootsWeb users to the record of a particular individual,
 similar to the Post-Em Notes in Rootsweb's Social Security Death
-- Link a GEDCOM to other GEDCOMs using Post-Ems;
-- Download subsets (portions) of the original GEDCOM, starting with
 a specific person and choosing either ancestors or descendants;
-- Display GEDCOMs in the most highly flexible ways available on the


RootsWeb will accept GEDCOMs on floppy disks or ZIP disks. Users having trouble uploading a GEDCOM for any reason should send it on a floppy disk or ZIP disk to: RootsWeb WorldConnect Project, 1001 Tower Way, No. 120, Bakersfield, CA 93309.

RootsWeb has been receiving this reaction from participants in the company's beta test:

AWESOME SYSTEM -- Posted by Mikel McQueen ( on Mon, 18 Oct 1999: "Thanks Rootsweb, this is by far the best gedcom indexing and search system I have seen on the Internet. "

Visit the RootsWeb site for more details and reaction to this exciting new feature:
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Date:Nov 19, 1999
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