Ancestry.com discontinues Expert Connect

I received this press release from Ancestry.com today:

“Over a year ago Ancestry.com created Expert Connect as a way to expand its service offerings and provide additional assistance for members through an elite group of professional genealogists and researchers. Through this service, customers were given the opportunity to hire genealogists to retrieve records, perform research or simply acquire expert advice. Though this service has been a positive experience, Ancestry.com
has decided to focus on other business priorities, so as of March 18, 2011, Expert Connect will no longer be a service that Ancestry.com will offer to its members.”

Interesting that it has been discontinued just before the 2011 edition of Who Do You Think You Are? debuts on Friday, February 4th. I am guessing that it will now be promoting it’s own research arm, ProGenealogists, a company that Ancestry acquired in 2010.

If you know of someone in need of the services of a professional genealogist, here are some ways to locate just the person to do the research, consultation, editing, software tutoring, or whatever genealogy related services are needed.

  • Board for Certification of Genealogists, Inc., P.O. Box 14291 Washington, D.C. 20044. The Roster of Certified Genealogists is available online: www.bcgcertification.org
  • Association of Professional Genealogists,  P.O. Box 350998, Westminster, CO 80035-0998. Membership organization with an online Directory of Professional Genealogists at www.apgen.org.
  • International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) View the Find an AG Professional at www.icapgen.org.
  • An archive, genealogical society, or historical organization in your ancestral areas may have a list of area researchers for hire.

© 2011 – 2014, Paula Stuart-Warren. All rights reserved.

One thought on “Ancestry.com discontinues Expert Connect

  1. I’m very disappointed in Ancestry’s decision to stop these services. This was a great place to match up an expert researcher with someone in need. As an “expert”, I felt I helped alot of people and made new friends.
    Tammy owentk@gmail.com

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