UK-based Brightsolid, owner of British subscription and pay-per-view genealogy site FindMyPast.com, is acquiring the Friends Reunited Group for 25 million pounds (about $42 million).
The completion of the deal is still subject to clearance by British competition authorities. Besides FindMyPast.com and its microsites AncestorsonBoard.com and 1911census.co.uk, Brightsolid also operates ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk.
Friends Reunited is a 20.6 million-member British social network launched in 2000. Its sister site Genes Reunited, the UKs largest genealogy site with 9 million members and 650 million names in records, was launched in 2003. The group also has a Friends Reunited Dating site.