Ancestry.com and FamilySearch International ( familysearch.org ) announced today an agreement that is expected to make approximately 1 billion global historical records available online and more easily accessible to the public for the first time. With this long-term strategic agreement, the two services will work together with the archive community over the next five years to digitize, index and publish these records from the FamilySearch vault. The announcement states that Ancestry.com plans to put in $60 million over the next 5 years and FamilySearch will put in thousands of volunteer hours for this collaborative partnership—this marks a major investment in international content. The statement also talks about other collaborative ways to share content between the two organizations. The two organizations have already shared a number of genealogical records making them available to the broader genealogical community.
To read the announcement go to: http://tinyurl.com/mzwh4rw
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee