The findmypast.com website, part of British genealogy company brightsolid, has been online for awhile now with US census records including 1940, but brightsolid today announced the official launch of findmypast.com.
Were not used to thinking of ourselves as small, says Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the worlds second largest genealogy company. Our ambitions are big and the launch of findmypast.com is a major market entry. The truth is that its a growing market, with plenty of room for both of us.
We aim to become the go-to family history site, first for Americans of British and Irish descent, and eventually for all Americans, says van der Kuyl.
Now brightsolid’s US focus is on Findmypast.com, which will offer family tree building plus subscription or pay-as-you-go access to US census, vital and military records; plus records from the UK, Ireland and Australia.
Those overseas records will include UK censuses, English and Welsh vital records, local parish records, UK passenger departure lists, British military records, Irish vital records and British newspapers.
Update: Findmypast.com has an introductory subscription offer of $4.95 per month for a World Subscription (normally $249.95 per year), which gives you access to all the aforementioned content.
Brightsolid, which has 18 million registered users across all its websites and more than a billion genealogical records, boasted a growth rate last year of 75 percent. Last year, the British-focused findmypast.co.uk saw 4.5 million visits from outside Britain, with US residents supplying the largest portion of those visits.
Following up on last month’s reports that Ancestry.com is seeking buyers, brightsolid also used today’s press release to squash any rumors that it wants to acquire Ancestry.com.