A few days ago there was news of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Parish Records coming to Ancestry, following the completion of digitization.
Ancestry isn’t moving far — to adjacent Suffolk.
Suffolk County Council has awarded a contract worth £150,000 running from 1 April to 30 June 2029 “to digitise the Parish Registers and other records for the county. The Contract involves granting the publisher exclusive rights (for a fixed period) to host the records on their website and market them to paying subscribers. In return, the publisher agrees to deliver and pay for the scanning, indexing, and hosting of the records and to pay the council a share of the royalties that it earns on a pay per view basis.”
The contact is to Ancestry Global Holdings Limited located in Malta. It has a similar contact ongoing with East Sussex County Council.