July 2, 2001

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Genealogy Today Selected as the New Host for StateGenSites

Genealogy Today ( is pleased to announce that it will become the new home for the StateGenSites database of over 20,000 genealogy links.

Launched on October 7, 1999 by Michelle Rich and Bill Hocutt (with technical assistance from Tom Sluder), the SGS database started as an in-depth study of Alabama (by Bill) and Pennsylvania (by Michelle). It has since become one of the largest directories for U.S. genealogy, categorizing links by state within 27 categories.

After two years of incredible growth, the SGS database will now become part of the Online Genealogy Index, and continue to be maintained by Michelle Rich. "Our database helps amateur genealogists quickly find information on their family roots around the country," commented Michelle. "Merging with Genealogy Today will help us continue to provide a quality service for years to come."

In April 2000, Christine Sievers of Suite101 in her review of the site called the StateGenSites database "an all encompassing list of sites on the Genealogical Internet to search."

"I'm pleased to be able to work with Michelle and Bill on this project, and to help prepare the SGS database for even more growth," added Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "Integrating these listings with the Online Genealogy Index will make an even better resource for genealogists."

Released in January 2001, the Online Genealogy Index (OGI) has become the genealogist-friendly gateway to the entire collection of Genealogy Today materials, along with abstracts and links to external information. Every piece of information that is added to the Genealogy Today web site, from simple web site links, to articles, headlines, clubs and even member queries, is instantly indexed by topic, geographic location and/or surname.

"It will be a genuine pleasure to continue working with Michelle," explained Bill Hocutt, co-founder of StateGenSites. "The database she has built is one of the best online and one that I constantly use. Not to mention she makes a mean Tortilla Soup."

To access the StateGenSites database, visit

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