We The People: Two online genealogy sites to merge records repositories

Sharon Burns: Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org recently announced an agreement to provide approximately 1 billion global historical records from the FamilySearch vault available online to the public during the next five years.
BY SHARON BURNS Published: October 14, 2013
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Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org recently announced an agreement to provide approximately 1 billion global historical records from the FamilySearch vault available online to the public during the next five years.

The two services will work together to digitize, index and publish the records. They will also consider other ways to share content across the two organizations, add to the digitized records shared across the two websites and add record projects during the next five years.

Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch President Dennis Brimhall said, “This agreement sets a path for the future of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch to share international sets of records more collaboratively — it will help millions of people discover and share their family's history.”

The companies also announced in early 2013 that they plan to publish 140 million U.S. wills and probate images and indexes created between 1800 through 1930 during the next three years.

Genealogy Notes

The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia's annual Harvest Fest will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Our Lord's Lutheran Church, 2900 W Hefner Rd.

The event will feature fellowship, entertainment, opportunities to share information and traditional German-Russian food. Fee is $10 per person. For more information, email Karlene Grosz, AHSGR publicity chairman, at ksgrosz@yahoo.com.

Ellen John will present “Revealed in Chancery Court Records” at the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4th St., Lawton.



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