Brought to my attention just three hours ago by WikiTreer and well-known genetic genealogist, Debbie Kennett, the WorldFamilies Project--probably more recognizable as WorldFamilies.net--will be closing as of May 23. You can view the news as posted on Haplogroup.org, and visit the WorldFamilies.net site during its remaining days.
Hundreds of DNA projects at FTDNA are operated through WorldFamiles. Just searching G2G for "WorldFamiles" will yield scores of question threads, and "WorldFamilies.net" at Google will get 233,000 hits. While most of the DNA data will not be deleted--that resides with FTDNA--there will be, overnight, another hole ripped in the fabric of our collective genetic genealogies by the deletion on May 23 of all project pages at WorldFamilies.net.
A portion of the text of the public announcement sent last night by Terry and Marilyn Barton to their project administrators follows:
We are both excited and saddened to announce our retirement and the closing of the WorldFamilies Project Administration services after 14 years, effective May 23, 2018. We have developed close relationships with many of you, though we’ve never met, and we’ve had the privilege of meeting and getting to know a number of you at the various DNA conferences and meetings. It has been very special to work with many fine administrators and very wonderful individuals, learning from you, as we have worked to share our knowledge, and to provide administrative support.
We hope that you will forgive the short notice, but we have been in contact with FTDNA since late February, seeking a way to address our concerns of being sole administrator for more than 750 projects, while supporting a like number of projects with volunteer administrator(s), under the coming rigorous requirements of the European Union’s GDPR (new privacy law going to effect May 25, 2018). We have always protected the privacy of our project members, and will continue to do so on personal ancestral surname projects that we will continue to administer. However, the ambiguity and uncertainty of the bureaucratic requirements under this new law are just more than we care to deal with....
We will delete the project sections of the WorldFamilies site on May 23, 2018, so please copy any information that you wish to save. You may wish to make a copy of your Home, Results, Patriarch, Discussion or other project pages.... For the other pages, you may want to copy/paste your info into a Word document. (Note: we won’t be able to “rescue” you if you miss the deadline, so please don’t wait too long.)
Our agreement with FTDNA was to provide Interim Project Administration for Surname Projects that did not have a volunteer admin. We chose to extend our service to “newbies” and then to experienced administrators without additional compensation as we realized that we could be of service. However, we ask that you respect our retirement and now obtain your support from FTDNA.