Ancestry.com organized a conference call among genealogy bloggers to discuss today's announcement that Ancestry.com plans to acquire Archives.com. Ancestry.com's CEO Tim Sullivan and Archives.com Director of Product, Joe Godfrey made opening statements and fielded questions.
Genealogy bloggers on the call were Diane Haddad of Family Tree Magazine's Genealogy Insider blog, Ancestry Insider, Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings, Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy News, Thomas MacEntee of High-Definition Genealogy and GeneaBloggers.com and Ol' Myrt here. You'll want to check those blogs for more comments.
These are Ol' Myrt's reactions to the meeting.
I was impressed by Tim and Joe's "reaching out" during this conference call. Does this signal a re-dedication to outward communication with end user genealogists thru bloggers, lost particularly after the departure of Andrew?
Tim stated at the start that Archives.com will be treated like Fold3.com, as a separate entity, etc. Yet in response to Dick Eastman's questions, Tim stated the employees at Archives.com would come into the Ancestry.com employment family.