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Summarized by Kent Larsen

World's Largest Genealogy Site Grows....Again
Businesswire 15Mar00 B1 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


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