This week, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein and Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com, signed a five-year agreement to digitize selected records from the holdings of the National Archives.
The Generations Network’s Ancestry.com web site currently has the largest online collection of digitized and indexed National Archives content, including the complete U.S. Federal Census Collection, 1790-1930, passenger lists from 1820-1960 and WWI and WWII draft registration cards.
This agreement allows for the ongoing digitization of historical content that will include birth, marriage, death, immigration and military service information. The new agreement will allow Ancestry.com to place its technicians and scanning machines at the National Archives to digitize content for online access. Ancestry.com will make the digitized materials available via subscription.
The Generations Network will provide free online access to the digitized materials in all National Archives research rooms nationwide. In addition, The Generations Network will donate to the National Archives a copy of all the digital images and technical and functional metadata that will enable retrieval of the material at the level of archival control.
This is the latest in a series of agreements that the National Archives has reached with partners to digitize portions of its holdings. For a complete list, click here.