OtherDays.com is (or was) a major online provider of Irish genealogy information. The site contained more than 100 databases on Otherdays.com. The databases include Griffith's Valuation; Placenames of Ireland; census and census substitutes; a variety of different types of directories; newspapers; gravestone inscriptions; vital records; wills and deeds; and land and property records. The centerpiece of OtherDays.com databases is the Griffith's Valuation of Ireland from 1847 to 1864.
The company's web site started experiencing problems a week or more ago. It then went offline for several days. I just checked a moment ago; apparently there is a web server in operation, but as soon as I go to the URL of http://www.otherdays.com, I get prompted for a user ID and password. That is not the normal operation of the site. It used to display a lot of introductory information and then asked for user ID and password only after the user clicked on a link to the various databases.
I have called the company's telephone number in Ireland several times in the past few days, but the phone just rings and rings. Nobody answers, and no automated answering machine ever answers. That is disturbing by itself, but it looks like the FAX machine also never answers. I can understand that a glitch causes the regular phone system to stop operating for a bit, but FAX machines should always answer an incoming ring. The fact that both the voice lines and the FAX lines are not being answered for days at a time makes me suspicious that the company has shut down.
Does anyone know what is going on?