Open Thread Thursday: Ancestry.com’s Acquisition of Archives.com

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Ancestry.com announced it would acquire Archives.com from Inflection LLC for $100 Million dollars.

What do you think of this move by Ancestry? What does it mean for the genealogy industry . . . is there more consolidation ahead and less competition? What does the purchase mean for the hobby genealogist as well as the professional?

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.

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I don’t have much time for a long commentary since I am flying off to a speaking gig for the weekend. But I did participate in both the Q1 2012 earnings call for Ancestry.com (ACOM) yesterday as well as a special conference call hosted by Ancestry.com  to discuss the acquisition.

Once this buzzard has landed up in Green Bay, Wisconsin later today, for the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society‘s annual conference, I’ll be posting my thoughts.

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.