That rumbling out of the western mountains: the Earth shifting on its axis again as the genea-sphere reverberates from learning that Ancestry.com is acquiring Footnote.com! The announcement made today may be a game-changer in the competition for the online family history customer.
I’ve always liked Footnote.com, and once in awhile I wistfully have thought that these two friends of mine, Ancestry and Footnote, ought to get together. They are quite different; she’s a bit more worldly than he is, but they’ll go together just fine!
I like the range of records contained on Footnote.com; I like the way they are presented. I think it’s a great place for historical documents that give context to the events they record and describe. Especially compelling are Footnote’s annotation features, the ability to link documents, and the Person pages. I’ve enjoyed creating annotations and editing Person Pages (I did a couple of my elementary school teachers).
I haven’t looked too deeply into their pre-nup, but it could be a match made in online genealogical Heaven!
Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings, Ancestry.com Acquisition of iArchives (including Footnote.com)
Diane Haddad, Genealogy Insider, More on Ancestry.com’s Acquisition of Footnote.com [See Diane’s interesting diagram of “the genealogy of genealogy companies.”]
Elizabeth O’Neal, LittleBytesofLife, Have You Heard: Ancestry.com to acqquire iArchives/Footnote.com[Elizabeth has a strangely interesting post-post-modern illustration of the new relationship]
Michael John Neill, Rootdig, Out on a Limb about Footnote.com and Ancestry.com
Leland Meitzler, Genealogy Blog, Ancestry.com to Acquire Footnote
John Newmark, Transylvanian Dutch, What Would Happen if Coke Acquired Pepsi?
Michael Hait, The African-American Genealogy Examiner, Ancestry is Acquiring Footnote and online Genealogy Will Never be the Same
September 23, 2010 Thursday at 8:56 pm