This afternoon I was working online at Ancestry and all of a sudden everything was gone. In addition, every other site related to genealogy that I tried to go into was also down. That got me wondering what was going on. I found a great web site for checking the status of a web sit to see if it was experiencing a problem. To check the status of any site, just go to Is It Down Right Now. Great tool and it is free!
I checked Ancestry, Find A Grave, Genealogy, Archives, Fold3 and Rootsweb. These sites are all owned by Ancestry. How amazing a company who controls so much of the genealogy world, would have one server for all of their sites. If one goes down, they all go down. Remind you of the old string of Christmas lights!
Hopefully it’s not for a long time.