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# Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ancestry.com to Acquire iArchives and Footnote.com
Posted by Diane

Ancestry.com announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc., and its subscription genealogy website Footnote.com.

The purchase price will be about $27 million in a mix of Ancestry.com stock, cash and assumption of liabilities. The transaction, which will make iArchives a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2010. As part of the transaction, Ancestry.com expects to issue approximately a million shares of common stock.

“This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies,” states Ancestry.com’s announcement.

Here’s the full announcement on Ancestry.com’s iArchives acquisition.

Update: See our additional commentary on the acquisition here.


Ancestry.com | Footnote | Genealogy Industry
Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:41:54 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [8]
Thursday, September 23, 2010 5:27:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Interesting! So, how will this affect those of us who have subscriptions to both services? Will I get credit for the remaining time on my Footnote membership?
Maggie Olson
Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:02:27 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
They acquired Genealogy.com a few years ago and left it alone, but I wonder. I'm a little sad because Ancestry was originally good value for money, now it's high end. Footnote is extremely good value for money and I can see it going up in price. That would be annoying! Ancestry used to be customer friendly, too, now it's not so good and unless they have changed it they make things available to buy off the family trees that are posted - like photos and copies of documents people upload on the new family trees - and the people who own them don't see a penny of it. The claim? If you put it up on their website it belongs to them and they can do what they like with it.
Susan Reynolds
Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:33:13 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I wonder how long it will take before someone takes note of Ancestry.com in terms of antitrust laws.
Janice Sellers
Janice M. Sellers
Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:31:11 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Does this mean that there will no longer be remote access for libraries? This service just went in to affect a few months back. It would be a shame if this would be taken away.....
Donna K. Adams
Friday, September 24, 2010 9:19:54 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I am disturbed by this. Does Ancestry insist on owning everything? What happens to the agreement between Footnote and the National Archives? It was my understanding that NARA asked Footnote to make the images available to the public free of charge, five years after documents were digitized. Is Ancestry going to do this as well? As one poster has already asked, what will happen to remote access through libraries? Will Ancestry, which does not allow remote access through libraries, allow Footnote to be accessed? As of September 23, 2010, there was nothing at Footnote's blog about this acquistion. Footnote is affordable, user-friendly, and something different -- I liked that it wasn't Ancestry.com.
Patricia Poland
Friday, September 24, 2010 2:25:43 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
As much as I have appreciated Ancestry.com in the past, this makes me very uncomfortable. Hearing through the years of all the genealogy companies that Ancestry has acquired makes it, in my mind, one of those big conglomerates (with the exception that it deals strictly with genealogy) people get so upset about. It seems to me that one day we will all have to go crawling to Ancestry.com to get any information on Family History from the internet. Choice will be gone. :(
Andrea Rounds
Friday, September 24, 2010 4:29:18 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
This really bothers me.
What type of access are people going to have to iArchives? Will it remain free? I sure hope so!
Regine Brindle
Sunday, September 26, 2010 2:54:12 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Will this mean that people will still have to pay for Footnote access separately, and just that Ancestry.com "owns" Footnote (similar to Genealogy.com), or that Footnote content/technology will be rolled into Ancestry.com functionality, and this will be included in Ancestry membership?

I think the concern that I (and many others) have is that this will make Footnote become another Genealogy.com...where Ancestry.com buys out the competitor, and then just lets it languish since the competitor is no longer a threat.
Scott
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