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ARDISNet Begins on the Internet
A New Family History and Genealogy Service
1999 March 21 -- ARDISNet was launched today on the Internet according to an announcement from Austin, Texas. Hosted by SUMMAWeb, this new site on the World Wide Web will serve as "The Internet Home" for the ARDIS Family and Related Surnames including ARDES, ALDERDICE, and ALLERDICE.
SUMMAWeb principal, Tom Ardis of Austin, Texas USA, has a particular interest in the ARDISNet Project. "We have been building family communication for some time with email mailing lists and listservs," said Ardis. "It seemed like time to move it to a new level." Ardis serves as WebMaster and contributor to ARDISNet. The Web site is provided as a free service "to the family" by his company, SUMMAWeb, also based in Austin.
"Host, Editor, and Guide" for viewers of ARDISNet will be Ronald Ardis Brooks, of Lakeland, Florida USA, a fourth-cousin to Ardis... each of them sharing the same great-great-grandfather. Brooks, whose mother is an Ardis, is the informal "Registrar and Genealogist" to the William Ardis Sept. This is perhaps one of the largest identifiable Ardis Family groups. The William Ardis Sept has established it's roots back to Evart, Michigan USA, circa 1860s and to County Armagh in Northern Ireland UK, circa late 1700s.
[NOTE: "Sept" is an Irish term adopted by the Scottish Clans to identify their major "branches" on the family tree.]
"We have lots of stuff to share and we are hoping to be a focus for uncovering much more," says Brooks, who has been working on the genealogy and family history of "The Descendents of William Ardis" for more than three (3) years. Individuals with Ardis information can now pass it along to ARDISNet for safekeeping and for incorporation into the "body of Ardis knowledge," according to Brooks.
"We also hope to make it possible for other Ardis genealogists and scholars to be able to publish their works here," said Brooks. ARDISNet, in turn, is committed to "sharing of all Ardis information freely," according to both Ardis and Brooks.
[NOTE: Other identified Ardis Septs trace their roots back to Beech Island, South Carolina USA and to present-day Sumter County, South Carolina USA. Genealogists Pamela Lassiter Jones, of Mobile, Alabama USA, and Barbara Ardis Coker of Sumter County, South Carolina USA, have so far agreed to represent these groups in the ARDISNet web site. They have no known kinship to Tom Ardis and Ron Brooks. The Old World origins of these groups are also presently unknown, although their presence in the USA has been documented to the pre-Revolutionary War era.]
"Ease of publishing" and the relatively "low cost" were the motivating factors for selecting the WWW format for ARDISNet, according to Ardis. His firm, SUMMAWeb, is involved in the development of commercial web sites and Internet consulting. The ARDISNet site can be viewed on the World Wide Web at www.ardisnet.com
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ALL STATES and LOCALES of the USA; especially Austin, Texas; Lakeland, Florida; Evart, Michigan; McBain, Michigan; Sumter County, South Carolina; and Beech Island, South Carolina.
ALSO: Northern Ireland UK; County Armagh, Northern Ireland UK; County Antrim, Northern Ireland UK; Scotland UK; Aberdeenshire, Scotland UK; Grampian District, Scotland UK; Canada; Australia; Switzerland; Italy.
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