A similar collection, the England and Wales Death Index, 2007–2013, was released on the same day and it didn't reveal any insightful information about its source, either.
So, I contacted Ancestry and have the following details to pass on.
- The source of both collections is GreyPower Deceased Data, compiled by Wilmington Millennium, a business that facilitates the prevention/detection of deceased identity fraud. (If you're really keen, you can Google the company name and get a clearer idea of what they do.)
- The data is compiled from funeral directors' records and obituary notices.
- The Scotland and Northern Ireland Index is estimated to include some 45% of deaths during the 25-year period.
- The England and Wales Index is estimated to represent 55% of deaths during the seven-year period.
UPDATE, Saturday 24 Jan: Ancestry has now added some of the above to the search page 'Source Information' for each index.