The LDS Family History Website Info and FAQ page.

This is the info and FAQ page for the enormously popular LDS Family History Internet site,

Q: What info do we have at this time on this site?

A: The site went online 31 March 1999. It is at this link. After a two-month test period a formal press conference was held in May of 1999. That day, nearly all the major news organizations put coverage of the formal opening of the site on the news or put it in newspapers and magazines.

Later that day, the site got so swamped that they had to take the server down to increase the capacity and they estimate that they took 100 million hits but were only able to server 40 million or so. LavaStorm, the company that assisted the Church in putting together the site, added a timer to even out the load, which disappeared after the initial week or so.

No one had ever seen any website have this much traffic on its opening day, not even large commercial sites. Some say it is now the top .org website on the net now.

The site currently serves up between 8 and 10 million hits a day.

Q: What is currently on the site?

A: The following currently is listed as being on the site:

LavaStorm, the site creator for the LDS Church, said that there is now about one terabyte of data on the site as of 15 March 2000. That is about one-twentieth of all the data that presently exists on the entire World Wide Web!

Q: What can we expect in the future?

A: They have placed an index to the Pedigree Resource File, an index to some new CD-ROM databases that have lineage-linked data, separate from the Ancestral File but provided by users of they presently get 1 million names plus notes and data every month, that is about as much as is needed to fill a CD.

As of 15 March 2000, the site has the index to the first seven CDs online. For more info on the Pedigree Resource file, visit my FAQ at this link

This page has been visited times since 20 March 1999

Links related to this FAQ.

LDS Electronic Data Products for Genealogy FAQ Main Page.:
Back to the home page.:
Genealogy801 Free Email.: Web-based email, for genealogy and genealogists.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Official Site.:
The FamilySearch internet site. : This long-awaited LDS site is finally up! In testing so it could go down from time to time.
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James Anderson
Provo, UT
United States