In an article, "Scotland Online buys family history website" by Mark Smith, Deputy Business Editor of The Herald we find an announcement of the purchase of FindMyPast.com by Scotland Online which already owns scotlandspeople.gov.uk.
FindMyPast has extensive United Kingdom records in index and scanned image format including complete birth, marriage & death indexes; census; passenger lists; family trees, the National Burial Index; civil service evidence of age 1752-1948; GRW shareholders 1835-1910, a variety of military records.
The Scotland’s People website is the result of a partnership between General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon enabled by Scotland Online. Offerings include indexes and scanned images of old parish registers (1553-1854), census, wills & testaments in addition to birth, marriage & death records.
Both sites are considered among the top tier genealogy research sites for their localities, and are “pay per view” membership sites.
It would seem the consolidation of efforts should save money on site development and maintenance, freeing up dollars to digitizing records. This may provide Ancestry.uk.com et al with healthier competition. Hopefully this will translate to keeping costs down for subscribers of all services.
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