Dear Ancestry Insider,
This week I received notice that LDS FamilySearch users now have the ability to subscribe to Ancestry.com at no cost. This no-cost policy apparently at least two other subscription-based services as well. What does this mean for the future of the Family History Center?
And, do you know the motivation behind the change?
As far as I know, the agreements with Ancestry.com, FindMyPast and MyHeritage don't change the future of Family History Centers, other than the fact that these three websites will be available to the general public at the centers.
FamilySearch and the three companies have announced the reasons for the change. (See “FamilySearch Gives Further Details on Partnerships.”) Basically, the accounts are part of wider scoped agreements for a variety of exchanges and joint projects. FamilySearch is providing record and image collections for the partners to publish on their websites. Partners are providing record and image collections to FamilySearch through subscription access to LDS members and family history centers for public access. FamilySearch might scan microfilms from their vault, photograph new documents in the field, or index new collections. Partners might provide new indexes or images to FamilySearch.
---The Ancestry Insider