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June 21, 2014

GENEALOGY: Long-standing genealogy site to close down this fall

TERRE HAUTE — One of the early and long-standing genealogy web sites, myfamily.com, is going to be retired this fall. The site will make its exit on Sept. 5.

The company explains its plans to discontinue services in the following way: “Over the years we have built up a variety of products that enable our users to discover, preserve and share their family history. We recognize that there are a lot of ways that we, as a company, can make family history easier, more accessible and more fun for people all over the world. In order to do this, we need to focus on our core offerings to ensure we’re delivering the best service and best product experience to our customers. To that end, we’ve decided to invest more aggressively in our core ancestry.com business and plan to retire the myfamily.com service.”

The site will operate normally until the end date in September. During this time, subscribers and users can export content from their active group sites. This can be done by logging in to the individual site and clicking on the “export now” button at the top. This procedure will allow customers to save the content of their individual family sites.

For current subscribers, refunds will be given, pro-rated to June 5, 2014. All customers will have access to their family sites until Sept. 5 and may export the content of these sites to their personal computers until that date. Members who are part of a family group site but are not paying customers will also be able to export the content of the sites for which they are members to their own computers.

The downloaded files will be sent in separate zipped folders exported in the same file format as was used to originally upload them, and will contain text, photos and videos.

The export tool may take up to 48 hours to arrive via e-mail after the user clicks on “export now.” If more material is added to a site after an export, the user can re-export the material.

MyFamily urges, “For further questions, please contact Member Services at 888-265-7491 or myfamilysupport

@custhelp.com. Customer Solutions Associates are available 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.”

Queries

• Needing information on the family of William Slater of Cumberland County, Illinois. I am looking for dates for Lorean L. Slater, also known as Fairy Slater. She is in the 1920 census in Cumberland County, Illinois, aged about 2 years (born 1918) and listed as Fairy L. in the 1930 census, aged 12 years. This is the last I have found. Does anyone have more/other information on her? Also looking for information on Ida (Ann?) Kennedy, born about 1898 in Jasper County, Illinois. She is shown as the mother of “Baby Slater,” born and died on Jan. 20, 1923, a stillbirth. Her father is listed as William Andrew Slater, born in Clark County, Illinois. Please contact Lorraine Hall at email manny magic@aol.com.

n Looking for emigration information (trying to located village or town) on John J. Jacobchick. He was born in Austria/Slovak on 4/25/1858 and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 20. His parents were Georgii and Anna Husich Jacobchick. I have located his naturalization papers from 1892 and they state he filed his intent papers in Kankakee County, Illinois. Online, I found a document dated Aug. 15, 1879, signed by a Johnn Jakoftsits. The person that filled in his name wrote, John Yakofcic. This is the closest I’ve come with the dates, spelling, and location in Kankakee County. Any help or advice in this search would be most welcomed. Please contact Shirley at email sjacobchick@yahoo.com.

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