British family history company Findmypast.co.uk, part of DC Thomson Family History, announced today that it has bought Origins.net, another genealogy site focused on British and Irish research.
Origins.net, according to the announcement from Findmypast.co.uk, is the first company to set up a pay-as-you-go model for accessing online genealogy records. Its records include marriage indexes, poor law records and the National Wills Index.
Origins.net will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Findmypast and its founder Ian Galbraith will continue to work for the site on collection development. The site will continue to run as usual, though its records also will become part of Findmypast’s offerings.
“This rich collection will help descendants of early North American settlers to bridge the gap to the old country, as well as anyone with UK ancestry looking to delve beyond 19th and 20th century records,” says Findmypast partnership director Elaine Collins.