Tuesday 17 June 2014

FindMyPast buys Origins.net

FindMyPast UK has bought Origins.net, one of the early pioneers of online records, and a company with some jolly useful Irish records within its database!

Its founder, Ian Galbraith, will continue to work with Findmypast on collection development and the extensive record sets from Origins will transfer into Findmypast over the next few months. The Origins website will continue to run as usual in the meantime.

The Irish collection on Origins (Irish Origins) holds an eclectic mix of records including 77 directories from 1824 to 1900, Dublin City Census 1851, Tithe Defaulters 1831, Memorials of the Dead, Wills Records, Millitia Attestation Index and several other excellent record sets, many of them not duplicated elsewhere, as well as a highly-regarded Griffith's Valuation database.

This entire collection will, in due course, make its way to the FindMyPast World package and to the FindMyPast Ireland package. Similarly, the records from British Origins and Scots Origins will take up residence in the World and Britain packages.

Elaine Collins, Partnership Director of Findmypast said: “We are delighted to bring Origins and its founder, Ian Galbraith, into the Findmypast group of family history brands. By joining together, we are able to offer customers the most comprehensive collection of British and Irish online records. This rich collection will help descendants of early North American settlers to bridge the gap to the old country, as well as anyone with UK ancestry looking to delve beyond 19th and 20th century records.”