Branching Out: Charging Ahead
OneWorldTree charges ruffle feathers.'s new online subscription service has ruffled feathers in genealogy circles — particularly among researchers who've submitted family tree files to free pedigree databases on the sites < > and Roots Web <>.

OneWorldTree <>, the fee-based search engine unveiled in June, links together all of the site's records and information about an ancestor. It uses a process the company calls “stitching” to find and combine probable matches so you don't have to weed through multiple databases and irrelevant results. An annual OneWorldTree subscription costs $49.95 ($39.95 if you're already an subscriber).

The service has drawn genealogists' ire because it taps family tree data that thousands of researchers supplied to Ancestry World Tree <> in the spirit of collaboration. also plans to include files submitted to RootsWeb WorldConnect <>. (But that's “not at the top of the list,” says vice president of products Gary Gibbs.)