a billion individuals in 23 million family trees. Of course, you also remember that MyHeritage.com relatively recently purchased FamilyLink.com which includes WorldVitalRecords.com. If you follow the link, you will see a short video presented by Gilad Japeth, the CEO. The video shows their very lovely offices in Israel. It took them seven years to reach a billion individuals.
As far as MyHeritage.com goes, I hope they can keep their very helpful and accommodating personal style of doing business. They are certainly more approachable than any of the other companies and that makes for a very responsive and supportive atmosphere. Theirs is a strikingly different model from the other large genealogy companies and I applaud them for their efforts. I guess you could say I am a real fan of MyHeritage and hope they can keep up the growth.
I may have missed some along the way, but here is the lineup for the Ancestry.com acquisitions and alternative websites. I have not included all of the regional and country specific Ancestry.com websites.
Buy Ancestry.com Before It Gets Acquired.
I acknowledge that Ancestry.com is a vastly useful and valuable online resource, but its involvement in the genealogical community is definitely on the wane. It is no longer interested in local or small conferences and has now little or now contact with the blogging community. Its activities seem very high level and impersonal. I do note that by its acquisitions, there are significantly more connections between Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Also, Ancestry.com has added a directly updated index of all of the records added to FindAGrave.com.
brightsolid.com (yes, it has a lower case "b" at the beginning) has only recently begun to move out of the UK and into the US market. The first foray into the U.S. is the CensusRecords.com website. brightsolid has extensive involvement in network services outside of genealogy related websites. Here is a list of what I have found for brightsolid.com
- The British Newspaper Archive
The big news at FamilySearch is the replacement of the data duplication plagued New.FamilySearch.org website with FamilySearch Family Tree (part of FamilySearch.org). It has been about a month or so since there were significant additions to the Family Tree program and I would expect some additions within the next couple of weeks. Speculating, they might allow editing of families or links to digitized documents. The big news will be when you can add new people to the program. I hope it is still on schedule to replace New.FamilySearch.org by the end of the year.
Keep tuned in for more maneuvers and developments.