DC Thomson will “deliver a wide range of projects including digital preservation, records search, technological development and the means to allow family historians to share their discoveries.” No additional specifics are being offered about the projects.
DC Thomson, in turn, received access to more than 13 million records from FamilySearch.org, including major collections of births, marriages and deaths covering America, Australia and Ireland. Those records have already launched on findmypast.com. About 600 additional collections containing millions of records will follow. Those records will continue to be accessible free at FamilySearch.org.
The organizations have previously collaborated on digitization and indexing projects including the 1940 census and British army service records.
I wonder how these partnership agreements affect each other. Is FamilySearch trying not to play favorites, or does it have fingers in too many pies? For example, can the records digitized and indexed as a result of Ancestry.com’s $60 million investment with FamilySearch then be shared with Ancestry.com’s competitor MyHeritage.com (which has agreed to give FamilySearch its Smart Matching and Record Matching technologies) and/or with DC Thomson (in exchange for the unspecified projects)?
As has become FamilySearch’s practice with such announcements, the organization has posted an FAQ here. (Question #2 makes it sound a little like findmypast records are launching on FamilySearch, which is the opposite of what’s happening.)