Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ancestry.com to Acquire Genline

Ancestry.com has announced it is acquiring Genline. Genline's English language version of its press release on this transaction is also available. This acquisition combined with other recent moves such as Ancestry's announce that it "will be adding the Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869 -1950 collection, which contains more than 1.2 million Swedish records" should be good news for those with Swedish roots.

Genline has a fine and growing collection of Swedish parish records. These can be viewed through a good quality image browser but an overall index has not been available. One needs to know exactly what parish and year an event took place to locate the documenting record. I hope Ancestry will soon create such an index and not sacrifice the quality of the images now available.

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