FTC has been in operation since January of 1998. "The page has grown beyond what I ever expected it to," commented Lesa Karwoski, who co-founded the site with her husband John. "The mission of Family Tree Climbers was to form a close-knit community of researchers, which is exactly what we have done."
To help keep that mission alive, and to expand the resources available to their members, FTC has merged into GenealogyToday.com, the genealogy web site designed for beginners and experts alike.
"The page has become so popular, that even with the help of volunteers and working in excess of 8 hours a day on the page, we just couldn't keep up," explained Lesa. "Bringing the site to GenealogyToday.com will give our members the level of service they deserve."
In addition to joining the GenealogyToday.com family, FTC is moving away from a subscriber based service, making the resources collected in the past two years free to all researchers.
"We struggled with the decision to make FTC a membership page, but it was just too expensive to continue without some kind of financial offset," added Lesa. "I'm very pleased to see that by joining GenealogyToday.com, we are able to move past this unfortunate obstacle."
The merger was made possible through a partnership with FamilyTree-Forest.com, run by Jim Sheetz. Jim's site houses the FTC obituary and GEDcom databases. "Without Jim's help we would not have been able to make this happen," mentioned Illya D'Addezio, owner of the GenealogyToday.com web site.