Weekly round-up: Origins.net acquired by findmypast

By Jon Bauckham, 20 June 2014 - 10:25am

Despite this week's takeover, findmypast has confirmed that the Origins.net website will still be kept in operation

Genealogy giant findmypast has acquired fellow subscription website Origins.net for an undisclosed sum. Although the Origins site will continue to run as normal, its unique datasets – which includes the National Wills Index – will be made available across both platforms. Ian Galbraith, who founded Origins in 1997, said that the partnership “makes perfect sense for both companies and their customers”. For more details, click here.
 

Ancestry websites come under attack

Family historians have been experiencing disruption to their research following an ‘attack’ on several prominent genealogy websites. On 15 June, Ancestry-owned sites including Ancestry.co.uk and Find A Grave were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, which made them slow or completely inaccessible. Scott Sorensen, Ancestry’s Chief Technology Officer, has stressed that although private data was not compromised, certain services will remain out of action while the attack is ‘neutralised’. Full details can be found here.
 

Major Irish collection to be digitised

An important Irish record set could be made available to access on the web. Claire Santry of Irish Genealogy News reports that the Valuation Office in Dublin has put out a tender for the digitisation of its ‘Cancelled Land Books’, which were created to record changes in land ownership after Griffith’s Valuation. Encompassing 4,700 volumes, it is estimated the project would take four years to complete. Read the full story here.
 

Over 100,000 pages of Welsh papers go online

Welsh Newspapers Online has added 100,000 extra pages to its collections. Fully searchable, the latest tranche to hit the website includes historic editions of publications such as Y Tryst and the Welsh Gazette, as well as some early issues of Seren Gomer – the country’s first Welsh language weekly. Explore for free here.
 

BBC announces new genealogy series

A new genealogy-based TV series is currently in production. According to a BBC press release, Family Saga will explore the “big forces” that have dominated the lives of ordinary people over the course of 200 years, with a modern Briton learning about their family tree in the process. Further details can be found here.
 

New Oxfordshire museum opens to the public

A new museum dedicated to Oxfordshire’s military heritage opened its doors over the weekend. Costing £3.2 million to complete, the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock tells the stories of the county’s soldiers over the centuries and boasts a research centre, archive and collections store.
 

The National Archives announces 'microfilm lottery'

The National Archives is offering researchers the chance to ‘win’ surplus microfilm from its collections. The 44 batches, which include census returns and documents relating to convicts in Tasmania, are no longer needed due to the increasing number of records being digitised and made available online. Parties have until Sunday 27 June to let The National Archives know of their interest in a batch, after which date the microfilm will be allocated by a lottery. Find out more here.
 

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