Over recent weeks, the number of press releases by major providers of family history and genealogy data and services regarding mergers, acquisitions and 'partnerships' has been staggering. What do the all mean for the average amateur (or professional of that matter) genealogist or family history researcher?
It seems from this corner of the world to have started with Ancestry.com LLC announcing acquisition of Find A Grave, Inc. That got our attention, for sure. Find A Grave has been a continually growing and useful service. According to the press release is has exceeded 100 million memorial and 75 million photos - an unparalleled collection of burial information. The two organizations are not strangers. They have had mutual working arrangements for some time. To me, the important positive in this move is to provide the Find A Grave team with the financial backing to continue to support and grow its work into new venues of access while continuing to maintain their enormous files, free to their clients. What do you think, at this time?
Next up was the "significant strategic partnership" between My Heritage and FamilySearch. It "includes the exchange of technological innovation and historical records to benefit users." I use, but am not an extensive user, of both services, of course. If, indeed, the partnership makes more and better records available, and easier and more effective access to those records to users, than this is also a good thing. What do your experiences with these two entities suggest to you?
Most recently, DC Thomson Family History and Family Search announced a partnership to make "more than 13 million records from FamilySearch…available on findmypast.com." The most intriguing aspect of this announcement to me was the apparent conning name changes or adjustments for the many activities of what I was beginning to think of as an entity: "brightsolid."
I honestly don't know what to think of this most recent development. What do you think?
What do you suppose will be the next "shoe to drop?"