Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Findmypast.com and the Federation of Family History Societies join forces

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from FindMyPast.com. All inquiries should be addressed to Elaine Collins elaine.collins@findmypast.com.

Findmypast.com to host FFHS online data

Findmypast.com and the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) have today announced that they are joining forces to host the FFHS’ pay per view data service at www.findmypast.com.

Until now the FFHS has provided online access to data submitted by local family history societies at its own pay per view website www.familyhistoryonline.net. These records will now gradually be transferred to the findmypast.com website, joining a collection already exceeding 500 million records.

Elaine Collins, Commercial Director at findmypast.com said “Family History Online has a valuable data collection that deserves to be brought to the attention of a wider, international audience. We are very excited by the prospect of adding quality records which predate 1837 to the existing findmypast.com collection.

As the largest UK-based provider of online genealogical data, findmypast.com can provide the appropriate platform to drive much greater traffic and usage to the local societies’ data. This will result in greater awareness for currently underused datasets such as the National Burial Index, generating increased revenue and recognition for the Federation’s member societies.”

Family historians accessing the FFHS data from its new home on the findmypast.com website will also benefit. Findmypast.com has earned a strong reputation for the quality of its data and transcriptions, and particularly its customer service. The availability of telephone support and customer transcription error reporting facilities, as well as email supportand automatic password reset facilities, sets it apart from other commercial genealogy websites.

Geoff Riggs, Chairman of the Federation of Family History Societies, added: “The Federation’s Executive is extremely pleased to have reached an agreement with findmypast.com to secure the future of our member societies’ online data. We see this as a very timely opportunity to raise significantly both the revenue and the profile of those societies by capitalising on findmypast.com’s undoubted expertise. We are working in harmony with the findmypast.com team to realise our shared aim of bringing our member societies’ records to a growing audience worldwide.”

For further information, please contact:Elaine Collins / Gillian Stevens / Maggie Loughranfindmypast.com / familyhistoryonline.net / ffhs.org.uk020 7549 0956 / 0118 947 8743 / 024 7667 7798 elaine.collins@findmypast.com / admin@familyhistoryonline.net / admin@ffhs.org.uk .

Source: http://www.findmypast.com/media/news/federation_family_history_societies.jsp

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