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RootsWeb WorldConnect Project Launched.



SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 1999--

RootsWeb.com Announces More Than 5.5 Million Names Added to Newly

Launched GEDCOM (GEnealogy Data COMmunications) A file format for genealogy data. Developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, GEDCOM is a tag-based text format that all genealogy programs export for data exchange. There are also many proprietary tags in use.  Hosting Project; Hailed as Most User-Friendly

Program of Its Type On the Web

RootsWeb.com, http://www.rootsweb.com/, the Internet's oldest and largest genealogy genealogy (jē'nēŏl`əjē, –ăl`–, jĕ–), the study of family lineage. Genealogies have existed since ancient times.  site, has launched a new Genealogical ge·ne·al·o·gy  
n. pl. ge·ne·al·o·gies
1. A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors; a family tree.

2. Direct descent from an ancestor; lineage or pedigree.
 Data Communication (GEDCOM) hosting program entitled the RootsWeb WorldConnect Project http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/.

"In the four weeks of its beta test A test of new or revised hardware or software that is performed by users at their facilities under normal operating conditions. Beta testing follows alpha testing. Vendors of packaged software often offer their customers the opportunity of beta testing new releases or versions, and the  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, RootsWeb.com, 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 Church of Jesus Christ may refer to:
  • Christian Church, the body of all persons that share faith based in Christianity
  • Church of Jesus Christ–Christian, a white-supremacist church founded by Ku Klux Klan organizer Wesley A.
 of Latter-day Saints Lat·ter-day Saint
n.
See Mormon.

Noun 1. Latter-Day Saint - a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Mormon
 and enables the exchange of information among genealogy software Genealogy software is computer software used to collect, store, sort, and visualize genealogical data. Genealogy software will often generate kinship charts based on the data entered.  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 CD-ROM: see compact disc.
CD-ROM
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
 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
     GEDCOM;
--   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
     Index;
--   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;
     and
--   Display GEDCOMs in the most highly flexible ways available on the
     Web.


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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 (mmcqueen@kiva kiva (kē`və), large, underground ceremonial chamber, peculiar to the ancient and modern Pueblo. The modern kiva probably evolved from the slab houses (i.e. .net) 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: http://www.rootsweb.com/
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