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August 31, 2012 Announces Partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies

The following announcement was sent to Olive Tree Genealogy Announces Partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies
Partnership makes records available to and
creates a vital source of revenue for local societies

LOS ANGELES, August 30,, an international leader in online family history research, today announced a national partnership with Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) to preserve, digitize and provide access to local records from genealogical societies across the country.

The collaborative initiative will help preserve genealogical records and provide a vital revenue stream for the societies. Throughout the remainder of 2012, will release records from the following pilot partners:
·         New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, the most authoritative source for research on New York families
·         Illinois State Genealogical Society
·         Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society

“As we aggressively grow our business in the U.S., we are looking to form partnerships that benefit both the genealogical community and,” said Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the parent company for findmypast. “This partnership will benefit our customers by giving them access to records that can’t be found anywhere else and participating societies will receive royalties for record images viewed.”

The records are a fantastic addition to a growing collection of US records on FGS members who participate will reach new audiences as each society and their collection will be promoted by

The society collection complements the new US and international records that will be made available on and could include:
·         Newspapers and obituaries
·         Bible records
·         Cemetery records
·         Birth, marriage and death records
·         Land records
·         Court records

“Through its partnership with, the Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to offer a way for its member societies to engage with content providers and publishers,” said Pat Oxley, President of FGS. “Currently, one of the biggest challenges for societies is the pressure to provide online content, while also growing their membership and operating budgets. Through this partnership, societies will generate income and entice new audiences.”

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