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Archives.com is owned and operated by Inflection LLC, a Silicon Valley-based technology
Since Archives.com’s launch in January 2010 (before that, the site was called Genealogy
Archives), the site has grown to more than 380,000 paying subscribers who pay
approximately $39.95 a year. Archives.com offers access to more than 2.1 billion historical
records, including birth records, obituaries, immigration and passenger lists, historical
newspapers, and US and UK censuses.
Inflection secured the contract with the National Archives to design and host the
archives’ website for the 1940 census records, released April 2. Archives.com
also is a partner in the 1940 Census Community
project, which has FamilySearch volunteers indexing the 1940 census. Ancestry.com
is using a paid contractor to create its own 1940 census index. I’m curious to see
what happens with this.
From Ancestry.com’s press release: “This transaction will enable Ancestry.com to add
a differentiated service targeted to a complementary segment of the growing family
history category. In addition, Ancestry.com will welcome a team of talented engineers,
digital marketers, and family history innovators into the Ancestry.com fold and also
gain access to a proprietary technology platform that has supported Archives.com’s
Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions,
including expiration of the HSR waiting period, Ancestry.com will continue to operate
Archives.com separately retaining its brand and website. Many Inflection employees
are expected to join the Ancestry.com team.
We’ll bring you more on this story as it develops.