Sunday, 8 September 2013

Genie giants announce 5 year mission

Genealogy: the Final Frontier. These are the endeavours of the genie giants, FamilySearch and Ancestry. Their five year mission, to explore strange new repositories, to seek out new records and new genealogical datasets... to boldly go where errr... they've actually been going for some time!

FamilySearch and Ancestry have officially announced a new collaboration to work together to digitise some one billion records over the next five years. The full announcement is at

John Reid makes the comment on his blog that the two bodies have already been collaborating to a degree for some time, but this appears to be quite a significant escalation of that partnership. How the new material makes its way to public consumption will be revealed in due course, but this is indeed a major development.

I mean, it's not as if they're already not busy enough...! :)


My wife Claire is planning to swim from the Scottish island of Cumbrae to the town of Largs on September 14th to raise money for local charity Gillian's Saltire Appeal, providing respite for families affected by cancer (Claire's mum and sister in Ireland have previously come through cancer, whilst my mum, based in England, currently has bladder cancer). Her Just Giving sponsorship page, with further details, is at If you can help to sponsor her, even by a wee amount, we'd be very grateful - many thanks!

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