Which company will be next? Today's announcement that Ancestry.com is acquiring Archives.com is not much of a surprise. Considering MyHeritage.com's recent purchase of WorldVitalRecords.com, a response by Ancestry.com was almost inevitable. Ancestry.com could not book having an upstart Israeli company get a major foothold in the quickly compressing genealogical community. My series about who owns the genealogy companies is becoming obsolete and in need of a total rewrite.
I have not said a whole lot about Archives.com in the past because I haven't ever been able to find anything of value on the site. I actually have an account and have yet to find even one useful record. Sometimes their search engine fails to find records even when I know the record is there. There is a major contrast between this site and Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org or other sites with content. It looks like Ancestry.com is buying up content and eliminating potential competitors.
As an example of a search in Archives.com, I looked for my Grandfather, Harold Morgan (b. 1892 - d. 1963). He should appear in any number of records, including every U.S. Census since 1900 which in fact, he does. So I search for him in Archives.com. My first search turns up 12,964 responses but none of the ones at the top are even close to the right person. So I add more information. He lived in a lot of different locations, but primarily in Salt Lake City, Utah. Even with an exact location and exact date of birth, he doesn't show up in a search. I did get some newspaper articles, but the pages come up with nothing showing where the information might be found on the page, so I have to read the entire page looking for an article. The newspaper images are images and even though they come down as PDF files, they are not searchable. I feel like I am playing "Where's Waldo?" I never did find any mention of Harold Morgan on the page! The source of the images is Heritage Archives, Ltd. and is described as NewspapereARCHIVE.com.
I could go on and on, but I guess my comment is Good Luck to Ancestry.com. I hope they can do something with the content they have purchased. Your experience may be different with Archives.com, but I have tried again and again to find relevant information without success.