Friday, April 8, 2016

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies Renew Online Partnership

  • Findmypast and Federation of Family History Societies announce 10 year renewal of their exclusive partnership
  • Over 48 million records released in partnership since 2007

Leading family history website Findmypast and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) have today announced that their exclusive partnership has been renewed for a further 10 years.

Findmypast and FFHS originally joined forces in 2007. Since then, over 48 million FFHS records have been transferred to the Findmypast website to join a growing collection of over 8 billion records.

As a result of the partnership, Findmpast now publishes records from over 100 different family history societies across England, Wales and Scotland and is home to the largest online collection of UK parish records containing data from every county in England and Wales. Findmypast has also benefited from the expertise of local society transcribers who possess intimate knowledge of local place names and surnames, resulting in a far more accurate search experience for Findmypast customers.

The partnership will continue to offer numerous benefits to contributing family history societies. By hosting their records on Findmypast, local societies’ data becomes searchable in the context of a vast range of records and, as the largest UK-based provider of online genealogical data, Findmypast is able provide the appropriate platform to drive much greater traffic and usage. This will result in greater awareness for currently underused datasets, generating increased revenue and recognition for the Federation’s member societies.

Individual societies will continue to receive royalties each time their records are accessed and each society is acknowledged on Findmypast whenever their records are displayed. Findmypast is committed to supporting local groups in this way and will continue to provide pages for each contributing society containing membership information and a link to their website.

Paul Nixon, head of UK licensing at Findmypast said; “We are delighted that FFHS has renewed its commitment to Findmypast. FFHS is one of our longest-standing and most valued partners and the continuation of this relationship ensures a safe haven for over 48m parish records which continue to be enormous benefit and interest to our worldwide audience.”

Steven Benson, chairman of FFHS, said: "I too am delighted that we are extending our long-standing relationship with FMP. The new arrangement will be beneficial both to the Federation and to our member societies, who we hope will continue to provide quality data for the benefit of family historians worldwide."

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.

In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.