40 million hits a day for Mormon genealogy site

Two days after its official launch on Tuesday and the Mormon Church's genealogy Web site FamilySearch has received such overwhelming demand that access is now being granted to Web surfers on a 20 to 30 minute rotational basis.

FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org), provides free access to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' genealogy database of more than 400 million names.

The site was built to handle 25 million hits a day and was accommodating 40 million hits per day after its official launch. The church estimated another 60 million hits were being turned away.

On Tuesday the site's servers crashed as 700 people per second tried to gain access.

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