Monday, May 14, 2007

FamilySearch and Footnote

Footnote has announced a partnership with FamilySearch (formerly the Genealogical Society of Utah) which is sponsored by the LDS Church. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

“We are excited to partner with to provide historians and genealogists alike a tremendous source of data that will assist greatly in putting puzzle pieces together to create a rich family history,” said Paul Nauta, manager of Public Affairs for FamilySearch. “This affiliation allows us to better meet one of our goals to provide as much data online as fast as possible for those working on their genealogy.”

Also, as a part of this agreement, will be accessible for free in all FamilySearch operated centers worldwide. FamilySearch has more than 4,500 Family History Centers in 70 countries.
This partnership will allow Footnote to continue to expand the content on the site and offer increased value to our members by allowing both parties to work together to digitize and index millions of documents.

The increased exposure through the Family History Centers should do two things: 1) show the value that Footnote brings and hopefully increase the number of subscribers (which is good for Footnote) and 2) increase the number of members and therefore the amount of user generated content on the site which benefits everybody.

Here is a link to the release in Footnote's Press Room:

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