A read-only searchable site for uploaded GEDCOM files.
Pros & Cons:
RootsWeb WorldConnect is a read-only searchable site for uploaded GEDCOM files. None of the uploaded data can be edited. All trees are available to the public.
This is not a collaborative site, e.g. others have read only access to your data and the ability to attach notes but cannot edit. You can upload and download GEDCOM files.
The site provides Individual, Descendancy, Register, Pedigree, and Ahnentafel views.
Display Options, Living Person Options, GEDCOM Download Options, and Owner Information are selected on upload of the GEDCOM file. Display allows a title, how surnames are highlighted, how many levels of ancestry or descendency are viewable, a link to your homepage, and a title and footer for the pages.
Living person options provide a choice between showing people as "Living Surname" with no details or completely suppressed in the display. WorldConnect defaults to treating people born after the latest publicly available US Census and no death information as living. You can choose an earlier date for this cutoff. You can also choose to treat deceased children of living people as living and anyone deceased after the cutoff year as living.
GEDCOM download options are whether to allow download of the complete GEDCOM (with living suppressed), a partial download limited to so many generations, or none at all.
WorldConnect displays advertising next to your data as well as ads for Ancestry.com, the owners of RootsWeb. Any GEDCOMS uploaded here will also be searchable and viewable on Ancestry.com.
It requires a genealogy program to maintain the data and create GEDCOMs for upload to this site.
RootsWeb WorldConnect was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on