About that Ancestry.com Move to Ireland . . .

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Here’s a follow-up to the “now you see it, now you don’t” news story about a possible move of Ancestry.com‘s headquarters to Dublin, Ireland.  See Ancestry.com Moving Headquarters To Ireland? here at GeneaBloggers.

First, here is the official word from Ancestry.com received this morning from Melissa Garrett, Public Relations Specialist at Ancestry:

Contrary to a report in an Irish newspaper, Ancestry.com is not relocating its world HQ to Dublin from its home in Provo, Utah, USA.  Ancestry has signed a lease on new premises in Ireland which, from September, will be the location of its International Headquarters which covers business outside of the US. Further details will be announced later in the year.

Second, as to accusations of rumor-mongering and bad journalism, let me say this: the story broke overnight on Saturday, July 7, 2012, and was reported by the Irish Independent, a legitimate news outlet. The story appeared to be legitimate and included  information based on an expansion at Ancestry.com’s Dublin office.

The recent surprising news that Ancestry was preparing for a possible sale added to the legitimacy of the headquarters move story. If you have followed recent news here in the United States, you would understand that many American corporations have either moved their base operations to Ireland due to its low corporate tax rate or are considering doing so.

Third, Ancestry.com’s response seems to bolster my contention that they are beefing up their overseas operations to go head to head with findmypast.com (and other genealogy properties owned by brightsolid). During the quarter-end financial calls in which I’ve participated, I’ve noticed that Ancestry.com is focusing more on its international operations as well as working to acquire licenses to more non-U.S. record sets.

Finally, all of this just proves what a small world this really is.  Think about it: a simple office expansion in Dublin, Ireland gets noticed and leads to speculation about the leading genealogy company in the United States and the world.

I’ll point out this is what happened to our ancestors . . . don’t you think that if your great-grandfather was putting on an addition to the family home or expanding his business, that the neighbors would get curious? Maybe they would even speculate as to whether your great-grandmother was expecting a new bundle of joy or whether your great-grandfather was ready to take over a competitor?

This is not new folks. This is part of that F.A.N. club (Friends, Associates, Neighbors) concept that I am studying this week as I prepare for an upcoming webinar on cluster genealogy. A neighbor in the genealogy community does something that the community sees and they’re gonna talk.  And if they ask you what it’s all about, either you provide an explanation or you are tight-lipped. Either way, the community will believe your explanation or they’ll come up with their own story.

©2012, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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