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AOL hometown sites are difficult to deal with. They are not very portable. You could delete the content before cancelling your AOL account. This would help avoid the duplicate content issues. Feel free to pm me for more info.
I put a redirect in the header of each page, as well as a robots "noindex" meta statement, and changed the body to a message to gve the new URL. I did this because there was a couple of months overlap between the new site being set up and the old site's subscription running out.
I'm glad I did this, because, although the move took place some four years ago now, the old pages are still accessible. There are even one or two sites that still link to the old address - despite a series of emails when the move first tool place.
I would now recommend doing this as a routine if you have to move addresses. Just in case.
I'm sorry that I have no idea what to do once the subscription has expired. But I think others should take warning from the story.
As for getting the rest of the internet to update their links, good luck with that. It takes ages, and in maybe half of all cases it will never happen. For links going back as far as 1998 you will really have your work cut out.