First, sorry about the double weirdness yesterday, the two identical posts titled "JewishGen Belarus Databases..." That was an attempt to scoop Ancestry.com by announcing the JewishGen databases before Ancestry.com's press release. But the post slipped through my fingers before I put any finish on it. Oh well. I guess I partially scooped them.
The press release is now out. You can read it here: "Ancestry.com Partners with JewishGen and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to Provide Access to Millions of Jewish Family History Records for People around the World."
When Ancestry.com and JewishGen first announced their partnership back in August at the IAJGS conference in Chicago, the best reporting of the event came from Schelly Talalay Dardashti at Tracing the Tribe. If you're interested in details, read these posts. Don't pass up the comments.
- Chicago 2008: JewishGen-Ancestry press release - Text of the joint press release.
- Chicago 2008: A new chapter, Part 1 - Chicago 2008 conference announcement. Speakers were The Generations Network (parent of Ancestry.com) CFO, David Rinn; David G. Marwell of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and Ancestry.com Indexing Manager, Crista Cowan.
- Chicago 2008: A new chapter, Part 2 - Cowan comments. Marwell and JewishGen managing director Warren Blatt answer questions.
- Chicago 2008: Logo controversy - New JewishGen logo proposed. Some think Ancestry.com is to blame. (JewishGen never adopted the new logo.)