Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ancestry.ca and Family Search Announce Agreement - But Where is LAC?

November 11, 2008: Ancestry.ca and FamilySearch Announce Agreement to Digitize and Index Existing Canadian Censuses

[The following is from a press release dated 10 November 2008.]

Ancestry.ca announced a joint initiative with FamilySearch International to improve online access to a comprehensive collection of Canadian censuses. As part of the agreement, FamilySearch will digitize and index Canadian census records that Ancestry.ca has acquired. These digitized and indexed records will then be made available to Ancestry.ca members on the company's Web site, and the indexes will be available for free to the public at FamilySearch.org. The images will be free to qualified FamilySearch members and all FamilySearch family history centers.

FamilySearch will deliver images and indexes to Ancestry.ca for censuses from 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1916, to launch online in 2009. In return, Ancestry.ca will provide indexes to FamilySearch for the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

[Please note: Qualified FamilySearch members include indexers who submit 900 names in 90 days and receive 90 days of free image access. The validation system that will enable FamilySearch to authenticate qualified FamilySearch members will be implemented in 2009.]

Original press release quoted here as posted at: http://www.familysearchindexing.org/en/home/home.jsf?pname=homeTab

Please see my previous posting, 10 November, 2008, Library & Archives Canada - What kind of partnership. Now it appears that LAC is a third party partner with FamilySearch...a wallflower as it were. Why is LAC now dealing direct with Ancestry and not with FamilySearch? And, of course, I have lots of other questions.

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