23 January 2009

JewishGen: Server transfer, temporary downtime

If you need something from JewishGen, check it now as the servers are being transferred from Texas to the new Ancestry.com data center beginning Tuesday, January 27. This means temporary downtime of an undetermined period.

Managing director Warren Blatt said:

We hope to make this transition as quickly as possible. But in order to ensure the complete and reliable transfer of data, it will be necessary to completely shut down all JewishGen servers for a period of time.

We will start up the new servers as soon as possible, but we may encounter some "bumps" in our initial operations in the new location, as there are many programs and operations to be ported and configured.

We anticipate that after the transition, JewishGen will be stronger, faster, and more reliable than ever. Thank you for your continued patience and support, and we look forward to providing you with an ever-improving JewishGen experience.

Most of us remember what it is like to get a new desktop computer or a laptop, configure it to our needs and get it working correctly. That's a relatively simple task, compared to this major server transfer.

This is a much bigger event, so all sorts of technical bumps may occur. While everyone hopes the transfer will be completed quickly, please be patient.

And, if you need information from JewishGen, access it before Tuesday morning, Texas time.


  1. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Can we get a better ides than it will be down for an indefinate time. Should we thinking in terms of a few days, a week, 2 weeks, a month, etc.

  2. When you deal with technical matters, no one knows what problems might develop. I'm sure they want it up and running ASAP. As Warren stated, there may be some bumps in configuration, etc. I wouldn't want to guess on how long it will be down, but I am sure they will fix whatever problems as quickly as they can.