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Been There - Done That!!
I started with a small family genealogy site in 1995 and gradually increased the site with the 5 surnames in my family. Later a club page, civil war relic page, ect. were added (nearly 80 addresses). I knew I should get my own URL but just hated all of the hassle associated with the job of changing URL'S, especially knowing how many folks had many of my pages bookmarked. I finally decided to "bite the bullet" and change my own URL (Universal Resource Locator).
Well I bit that bullet and now I am now http://www.jackmasters.net rather than the long name I used before: http://userweb.nashville.com/~jack.masters/jmast.htm. I learned some important lessons in the process which you will find outlined below if you are considering the change.
You will find out several things about search engines as a result of this exercise - - how bad most are and that without a doubt - - - Google is the best. You can submit your new site to Google and get listed quicker however robots will visit your new site and it's just a matter of time until you will start getting hits. (that of course depends on your meta descriptions - - - but that's another topic)
Another thing you may do is conduct searches on your old site on all of the major search engines and note where they are listed. It's then a process of notifying someone at that site that you have a new URL and ask for an update. Here you will find out, painfully, that many don't give a rip if they update your site or not. Its a long and painful process but at least you are going in the right direction.
Of course after this change you can park your URL on any provider's server very easily, without all of the problems of changing addresses, html code for the pages and everyone's links.
Hope this helps - - - and Good Luck!