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Published: Monday, Oct. 22 2012 8:09 a.m. MDT

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John C. C.
Payson, UT

I just hope it remains focused on helping us find more information about our ancestors.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

"It said there will be no anticipated changes in its operating structure with the deal." Haha, yeah...if you believe that, I've got some beachfront property in Nebraska to sell you. Get those resumes ready everyone!

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To Brave Sir Robin 10:28 a.m. Oct. 22, 2012

"It said there will be no anticipated changes in its operating structure with the deal." Haha, yeah...if you believe that, I've got some beachfront property in Nebraska to sell you. Get those resumes ready everyone!

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If this private equity firm works anything like Bain Capital, Ancestry.com will be gouged for its profits and equity and its employees will lose financially (both in pay and in benefits). Ultimately, when the private equity firm as drained it all it can, the jobs will be out-sourced and the company taken into bankruptcy.

It looks like a lot of people are going to have to start looking for their geneology information somewhere else.

AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

@ Furry
I worked for a company that was bought by Bain in 1998 and they not only put money in our company but made it better and bigger. Hired lots of people and made it a much better company. They sold it later and made a good profit but that company is still doing great today and was much better off because of Bain. So please do not generalize if you do not know. I have lived it. Sounds like you are guessing based on political biases.

Now my real question. How does Ancestry help where the LDS Church free sites fall short? I have not used Ancestry but will if someone can tell me what it buys me over the free LDS sites available to members. Always looking for something better and worth it.

Thanks

Doogie
South Jordan, Utah

Ancestry offers records that the LDS church can not get access to. You would be surprised how well an independent third party has access to things that the church can not touch. That is why they do so well.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To AZ Blue & Red 12:31 p.m. Oct. 22, 2012

It sounds like you were one of the very fortunate ones. Unlike the Sensata workers (and others too numerous to mention -- their stories can be found online), you weren't harmed. I'm pleased for you.

I do my geneology both on the LDS Church site and on Ancestry.com, among other sites. I found my grandparents' boat records (one branch of my family came to the United States through Ellis Island) on Ancestry.com and also a very good lead for my father's grandfather who was born in New Jersey (I'm still working on that one). Ancestry.com is a great resource; I would really hate to see it dismantled.

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