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When I suggested this to an Ancestry.com official in a telephone conference after the FGS 2010 Conference in Knoxville, he immediately shied away, recalling the problems with caching content from other websites sites in Ancestry's now defunct Internet Biographical Collection. This new Web Records option lists a link, that one must click to go to another website for the content.
The new Web Records option effectively removes the problem where Ancestry was keeping all the traffic, robbing the other website of click-throughs. Giving credit where credit is due is sometimes challenging with emerging technology. I think Ancestry.com's got it right this time.
Web content providers can opt out of Ancestry.com's Web Record feature, but I think they'd be nuts to do so. Why close any door that can drive visitors to your family history site? The potential for sharing your message with other genealogists is greatly enhanced when a bigger genealogy website like Ancestry.com can guide them to your site. After all, Ancestry.com sponsored Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC here in the US, not us smaller genealogy website owners.
Here's how you can tell the difference between an Ancestry.com hit, an Ancestry Family Tree hit (member provided) and a Web Record hit. In the example below, there are 3 Ancestry.com content hits, 6 member tree hits and 1 web record hit.
What does the new "Person View" mean for the average researcher?
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