In these days of cutbacks, staff shortages and limited budgets, there remain increasing demands on archives such as yours to preserve and make available genealogical records and indexes online. We feel that Ancestry may be able to help remedy some of those challenges that you may be facing and help Canadians explore their family histories with birth, marriage and death records, census, land, tax assessments, military service records, passenger lists, etc. and attach these records, photos and even voice files to their family trees online!
Ancestry.ca can work together with your Archive in a number of different ways:
- Ancestry can digitize and deliver your records of genealogical interest at no cost.
- Ancestry can provide digital data back to the archive.
- Ancestry can provide global content distribution opportunities for existing data.
- Projects can include document preparation and preservation.
- Can work with digital, microfilm and originals.
- Ancestry can include your free indexes in our search results with a click through to your website for more information.
- Collaborative marketing and communications activity.
- Free access to Ancestry.ca at your offices and at your archives for patrons:
- Proves hugely popular with archive visitors
- Can replace paid for access to ancestry library edition.
- Credit given to your archives as the source of the records:
- Archive logo on search screens:
- Co-branded landing pages to describe the content.
- With our Global access, Ancestry can create and promote the most widespread access to your records digitized and indexed content.
- Visibility of the Archives will grow positively.
- Putting archives 'in the spotlight'.
• Ancestry.ca is a part of a global network of country sites operated by Ancestry.com, Inc.
• We have surpassed the 30 million mark of family trees with 85 million uploaded photos, scanned documents and written stories. This is free to do and millions of people are able to connect online!
• Ancestry has partnered with many national, provincial, county and state archives around the world to digitize records, in exchange for being allowed to make the records available online.
• Through the new Ancestry World Archives Project, we have worked with the genealogy community to provide free indexes to a huge amount of records.
In terms of Ancestry's operations in Canada:
• Our Canadian head office is in Toronto, Ontario. www.ancestry.ca is a bilingual website.
• We have continued to develop our relationship with Library and Archives Canada (LAC) that provides significant benefit to LAC and the citizens of Canada. We offer a 'full service' digitization partnership - there is no cost to LAC - and Ancestry provides a completely funded service in exchange for access and publishing rights to the records.
• We have digitized the Drouin Collection – the most comprehensive set of Quebec vital records from the 1600's to the 1940's, including multi denominational and cultural records, i.e. Irish, Scottish and French. There are also Catholic records from Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the US.
• Ancestry.ca has also partnered with the Provincial Archives of Nova Scotia and has indexes and links to the original images to the Nova Scotia vital records available on our website.
• The full collection of Canadian Censuses (1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 and the Western Census's 1906 and 1916) has been indexed, linked to original images and made available online.
• We have indexed and linked to images the Canadian Passenger Lists (including the Form 30A's) – 1865-1935.
• We have updated the Ontario Civil Registration databases for another 2 years and added marriages from 1801 to 1928 and are working on the next update.
• The Beechwood Cemetery and War Graves Collection for the First WW were recently added.
• Recently re-launched our Affiliate Program – guaranteed 25% commission on new sign ups.
We've also participated as a Gold Sponsor for the ACA conference over the past 4 years. We are currently working on many other projects which, combined, will save millions of dollars while providing leading-edge digital access to Canadian records.
And last, but not least! Access to the 128 million historical Canadian records available at Ancestry.ca, is part of the reason the company was short-listed by Canada's History Society for the 2010 Pierre Berton Award - Canada's top history prize, recognizing excellence in bringing Canada's history to a wider popular audience.
I would be very interested in speaking with you and your archives to explore ways that we could work with you to help achieve your digitization and marketing goals.
LESLEY ANDERSON Partnership Development & Content Specialist