Since announcing back in February that his weekly Irish Roots column and Irish Ancestors research database were to leave The Irish Times (see blogpost), genealogist John Grenham has succesfully re-established Irish Roots on his own website – http://www.johngrenham.com – and has been busily working towards the relocation of the database.
That relocation has now taken place, and the database is live at https://www.johngrenham.com.
Note the addition of the 's' after 'http'.
John describes this as a soft launch. The process of shutting down the Irish Times/Irish Ancestors site will start next week and will continue in stages until mid-May, when that service will cease for good.
Until mid-May, the Irish Ancestors database on John's site will be completely free, with just registration required after a certain number of page-views.
After mid-May, a soft pay-wall will be in place, leaving most of the site free but requesting a small payment from heavy users.
"It's actually a relief to be leaving the Irish Times site," John told Irish Genealogy News. "For the past few years, I was a bit of an anomaly and the Irish Ancestors site was neglected, with outdated software and a very old-fashioned payment and subscription model that kept most of the really useful parts hidden behind hard pay-walls.
"It's been good to get the chance to rebuild the whole thing from the ground up and expand and improve some features, especially the listings of newspapers, wills and GRO records. I have to say it's been pretty intense – I had to cram 18 years of coding into five months – but at least the thing is now out of commercial limbo. Though I have no idea whether its next destination is commercial heaven or commercial hell."
Drop by. The site obviously looks a little different, but is still recognisable, easy to navigate and crammed with helpful tools, maps and directional aids.