Your Opinion on the Ancestry – Footnote Merger?

opinion Ancestry Footnote merger

So the news of Inc.’s proposed acquisition of iArchives, Inc., parent of, is about 10 hours old.  What are your thoughts on the merger and what it means not just for the genealogy industry but for you as a genealogist – whether you are a hobbyist or professional?

  • Does this reduce the competition in the area of digitized content available for genealogy and family history research?
  • Is Ancestry acquiring Footnote mostly for the already digitized content? Its subscribers? Its technology used to digitize content?
  • What Footnote features do you like? Do you think Ancestry will incorporate them into its own site?

Let us know your thoughts in the Comments or link back to a post at your own genealogy blog.

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About Thomas MacEntee

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.


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