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About that Move to Ireland . . .

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

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

Contrary to a report in an Irish newspaper, 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’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,’s response seems to bolster my contention that they are beefing up their overseas operations to go head to head with (and other genealogy properties owned by brightsolid). During the quarter-end financial calls in which I’ve participated, I’ve noticed that 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

4 thoughts on “About that Move to Ireland . . .

  1. I can see where folks would get confused. I would tend to think that “international headquarters” and “world headquarters” are pretty much the same thing.

  2. If you do move out of the United States for tax reasons, or start outsourcing for the same reason. I will never use your service ever again. I promise.

  3. CMH – I also take a dim view of company’s who “bet against America” as I call it. Granted, I do feel there needs to be changes to the US tax code including corporate tax rates (I’m trying not to get on a soapbox here). I think there are better ways to do this than playing a paper shuffle game and registering overseas.

    If you want to reap the benefits of being an American company and use its infrastructure paid for with federal tax dollars then dammit don’t move overseas and still call yourself an American company.

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