Summarized by Kent Larsen
World's Largest Genealogy Site Grows....Again
Businesswire 15Mar00 B1
www.FamilySearch.org Gets Eight Million Hits Daily
WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS -- LavaStorm, Inc., the Waltham, Massachusetts
Internet web site designer and manager the LDS Church employed to run
its FamilySearch website announced yesterday that it has expanded the
site's capacity again, for the second time in less than a year. The
site debuted in May 1999, getting a heavy load from its first day.
Recently traffic has averaged about eight million hits (file
requests) a day.
The upgrade gives FamilySearch the ability to accomodate up to 40
million hits per day. LavaStorm has designed the site to be scalable,
allowing for huge increases in traffic. In addition to the increase
in capacity, the website was enhanced with the LDS Church's new
Pedigree Resource File, a database including contributions of online
users and with a new search capability. The new Pedigree Resource
File database will initially have more than eight million new
ancestor names, and is able to handle submissions of more than one
million names a month. The enhanced search capability allows users to
identify family relationships, instead of just names, making it
easier to find specific information. Users can now search for "John
Smith, son of Albert Smith" instead of just John Smith.
The FamilySearch website has expanded significantly since it first
went on line. It now contains one terabyte of data, about
one-twentieth of all the information available on the entire Web. The
number of names available has increased to more than 640 million and
the site has reached about 385,000 registered users. The site is
available free of charge.
LavaStorm builds and designs high-profile Internet websites. In
addition to FamilySearch, its work includes EdgarWatch and