Findmypast, the British family history company, has announced that it has bought Origins.net, one of the early pioneers of online records.
Findmypast says: “The first company to set up a pay-as you-go model for online family history records, Origins.net specialises in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. Another key strength is its National Wills Index, which, combined with collections currently on Findmypast and those in development, will provide the largest online resource for UK wills and probate material.
“Origins will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Findmypast. Ian Galbraith, founder of Origins, will continue to work with Findmypast on collection development. The extensive record sets from Origins will be brought into Findmypast over the next few months and the Origins website will continue to run as usual.”
What Findmypast hasn’t said is what will happen with people like me, who currently subscribe to both sites. I suppose my Origins subscription will have expired by the time they’ve moved everything to Findmypast.