This afternoon's email bring a notice from Matthew Deighton, Public Relations Manager at Ancestry.com:
"We are pleased to announce the renewal of our digitization partnership agreement with the National Archives and Record Administration. Ancestry began digitizing images from NARA in 2000. Since our partner digitization agreement in 2008, Ancestry has invested millions of dollars in scanning original paper documents. It has been a great privilege to work alongside NARA staff and help preserve America’s history one document at a time. According to a recent audit report by NARA, external partners are responsible for 97% of all document digitization occurring at the National Archives. Ancestry has been and continues to be the largest digitization partner since the partnership program began. How much work has Ancestry done with NARA? To date we have published 1,371 collections now available online. That’s over 170 million images and more than 1 billion records searchable from home. Most importantly these digital records are now preserved indefinitely for future generations. Ancestry scanning teams have digitized collections in nine different National Archives and Records Administration facilities across the country including Washington D.C., New York City, and St. Louis, Missouri. The digitization services Ancestry provides are at no cost to the federal government. With investments in scanning and indexing reaching more than 1 billion records, we have saved taxpayers more than $100 million dollars at commercial digitization rates. This agreement marks the renewing of a great partnership and we are proud to continue our relationship with the United States National Archives and Record Administration."
I cannot locate any such news release at Ancestry.com, though I follow, so apparently this is breaking news. http://corporate.ancestry.com/press/press-releases
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