Extends Free Offer to the World's Largest Online Collection of U.S. Historical Immigration Records Due to Unprecedented Response

Free Access to the Most Comprehensive Collection of Available Passenger

List Records 1820-1960 Sparks 25 Percent Increase in Site Usage; Offer

Extended Through December 31, 2006

Nov 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from

    PROVO, Utah, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ --, the world's largest
 online family history resource, today announced it is extending free access
 to the most extensive immigration records collection online through the end
 of the year. On November 9, the company released the most comprehensive
 collection of all readily available U.S. passenger list records from 1820
 to 1960, providing access to more than 100 million names from the height of
 U.S. immigration. originally offered free access to its
 immigration records through November 30 to celebrate the launch of the
 passenger list collection. Due to overwhelming response, the company is now
 extending the offer through the end of 2006.
     "The passenger list collection has struck a chord in communities,
 sparking interest like we've never seen before," said Tim Sullivan, CEO,, Inc., parent company of "Each record in this
 collection is a memorial to what was most likely the most important day in
 the lives of our ancestors and millions of people are connecting
 emotionally and literally to these records. To commemorate and honor their
 remarkable stories, is providing free access to the largest
 collection we have ever offered for the longest period of time." has experienced its highest-ever site page views since the
 launch of the passenger list collection. Average page views per day have
 increased by 25 percent, from 12 to 15 million over the past month, and by
 more than 30,000 page views per day from new visitors. In its first week,
 the site experienced a 26 percent increase in average unique visitors per
 day from the previous month. is the only source for the largest compilation of
 passenger list records available and fully-searchable online. An estimated
 85 percent of Americans have an immigrant ancestor included in this
 passenger list collection, which took more than three years to digitize and
 transcribe and includes the complete Ellis Island Collection, as well as
 records from more than 100 other U.S. ports of arrival. The collection also
 provides access to more than 7 million original passenger list records and
 1,000 digital images of actual ships, allowing users to easily view and
 print these documents at the click of a mouse from home. Of the 23,000
 record sets available on, this collection is one of the most
 moving as it celebrates the courage, hopes, fears and memories of millions
 of America's immigrant ancestors.
     To memorialize and complement the collection, Ancestry has also
 launched the Ellis Island microsite, an interactive glimpse into the
 immigration experience. This unique site delves into the details of the
 entire immigrant experience, illustrating the story of immigration from
 start to finish through original photos, maps, first-hand accounts and oral
 histories from people who arrived in America during this great immigration
 era. Users can access's Ellis Island site at has received numerous emails and stories from users about
 their breakthrough discoveries while searching the immigration collection:
     "I knew when my uncle was born, that he had lived with his father in
 London and had immigrated to the United States after WW II. Beyond this, I
 knew very little. I entered his name in the search, gave a 10-year span
 when he might have traveled and guessed that his departure port would have
 been London. Within moments, I had found that he and his family traveled
 from Auckland, New Zealand aboard the S.S. Orsovaon June 4, 1956, arriving
 in San Francisco 17 days later," said Anto, an customer.
     With more than 5 billion names and 23,000 searchable databases and
 titles, is the No. 1 online source for family history
 information. Since its launch almost a decade ago, has been
 the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research
 for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and
 resources to build their own unique family trees. The MyFamily network of
 family history sites, of which Ancestry is the largest, receive more than 9
 million unique visitors worldwide and 450 million page views each month.
 ((C) comScore Media Metrix, September 2006.)