It remains to be seen what effect this large scale aggregation of resources will have on the overall availability of genealogical records, but it is a good idea to become acquainted with the players and their relationships in the commercial world. So, here it goes in no special order:
For the time being, Ancestry.com, the first on the list is still owned by Spectrum Equity. For a full discussion of the ownership, see my previous post on Who owns the genealogy companies? I say, for the time being, because Ancestry.com is for sale. There hasn't been a lot of news recently, but there are reports as late as 24 July, 2012 that a deal is in the works.
So what does Ancestry.com own? Here is a list from their website that does not include some recent acquisitions and partnerships:
- Family Tree Maker
What you see is what you get on FamilySearch.org. They do have several partnerships, including BillionGraves.com. FamilySearch.org has strategic agreements (partnerships) with a huge number of organizations. But since it does not own other websites, it is not really a contender in the commercial expansion of genealogy.
In addition to its flagship website, MyHeritage.com now owns the following:
- WorldVitalRecords.com which has a huge number of existing content partnerships including:
- Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
- Small Town Papers
- Archive CD Books Australia
- Archive CD Books Canada
- Archive CD Books USA
- Everton Publishers
- Godfrey Memorial Library
- Simmons Historical Publications
- British Origins
- Ellis Island
- Anguline Research Archives
Also MyHeritage.com has a partnership with the 1000memories app.
The owner of findmypast.com is brightsolid.com. For a list of their interests see my post on "Even more on updating who owns the genealogy companies."
OK, one thing I will say before I get another weird comment from some reader is this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not own Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com is a publicly traded company and is ultimately owned by its shareholders. Genealogy is not a Mormon conspiracy.