This is probably going to be a pretty rough week for the folks over at ancestry.com.
Word is still trickling out about its decision to pull the plug on free access to its full service through the hundreds of family history centers operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after several years of providing the popular service. The free access stops on April 1.
This announcement came just one day after Ancestry announced the release of digitized and indexed Iowa census records from 1836 to 1925, a pretty big deal here in Iowa, where Ancestry even bought a large ad in the state's largest paper, The Des Moines Register, touting the release of more than 14 million Iowa State census records and 3 million images.
But, I suspect, rather than enjoying the adulation of thousands of Iowans eager to access the newly posted records, most of the Ancestry talk in this state will be focused on the free access issue.
Ancestry officials are quick to point out that individuals can always subscribe directly to ancestry.com. But that's not cheap and there are lots of free alternatives on the web and through other organizations, such as public libraries and local genealogical societies.
Don't forget: March is Women's History Month. Have you done your part in preserving the stories of the women in your family who have influenced you? You can learn a lot more about Women's History Month here.