If you haven’t already heard the good news, we wanted you to know that we have agreed to acquire the leading Swedish family history website Genline.se. While the deal is still not final, we expect the acquisition details to be determined over the next month.
Almost 4 million Americans claimed Swedish heritage in the 2000 US census, so I’m sure many of you are as excited as we are.
Though many of the details are still being determined, this newest addition to the Ancestry.com family has access to a collection of Swedish church records that contain more than 26 million digitized pages of records spanning more than 400 years from the 16th to the 20th century. These records consist of birth/baptismal, confirmation, marriage, death/burial, church ledgers and household examination rolls. These are the main sources of genealogical information in Sweden.
For those of you that have already started your Swedish research, you’re well aware that we launched Ancestry.se, a site focused in Sweden, back in 2007. Altogether, we currently have more than 7 million Swedish records, including emigration records, vital records, newspaper clips and parish records. Together with Genline.se, we will become the destination for people wanting to learn more about their Swedish family history.
Once the deal has completed more details will be provided around the future plans for the business and also the access we will be able to give Ancestry.com customers to this wealth of Swedish content.
In the meantime, you won’t have to wait too long for more Swedish records to come online. Separate from our deal with Genline.se, in the coming months, we will be adding the Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869-1950 collection, which contains more than 1.2 million Swedish records.
About Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson is Head of Global Communications for Ancestry.com and has been with the company since 2009.