Origins will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Findmypast. Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, will continue to work with Findmypast on collection development. The extensive record sets from Origins will be brought into Findmypast over the next few months and the Origins website will continue to run as usual.This is interesting from the standpoint of the agreement between FamilySearch.org and findmypast.com. Will the newly added records be available to the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the ongoing agreement? Will they also be included in the free access to patrons of the Family History Centers around the world? Presently, the members of the Church and anyone visiting a Family History Center can access findmypast.com for free. However, this access does not extend to other D.C. Thomson websites such as The British Newspaper Archive. This is the same as the situation with Ancestry.com which is also free to members and to patrons at Family History Centers. The agreement does not extend the free access members to Ancestry.com's other websites such as Fold3.com. But Fold3.com is available in Family History Centers.
It sounds like to me, as there are further acquisitions, the FamilySearch negotiators will be kept very busy and the patrons at the Family History Centers may be the beneficiaries of some of these acquisitions.
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