PROVO, Utah, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest
online family history resource, today announced that more than 275 million
individual profiles and more than 3 million family trees have been created
on the site since it debuted new tree-building and sharing tools in late
July 2006. Users have also attached 30 million family history records and
uploaded 2 million photographs.
"The combination of family and social networking with the most
comprehensive collection of digitized and indexed family history documents
has been a powerful catalyst behind this user-generated surge," said Tim
Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com.
"In the past year we've seen a remarkable networking effect as people use
Ancestry.com to make great discoveries and share their findings with family
This tremendous user-contributed growth has been fueled by two major
content releases -- the biggest online collection of African American
historical documents and the Web's leading compilation of U.S. military
records. Site traffic reached and remained at unprecedented levels in a
prolific year that also included the announcement of a groundbreaking
venture with Sorenson Genomics into the DNA genealogy field. The success
was preceded by the 2006 launch of the only complete online U.S. Federal
Census Collection and the largest Internet set of U.S. passenger lists.
When Pamela Hicks Smith, who lives near St. Louis, began building her
Ancestry.com tree in 2006 she noticed another user researching her family.
After a few emails they discovered they were, in fact, cousins and soon
began planning a summer 2007 family reunion. Today her family tree boasts
more than 1,500 profiles. "To me it's nothing short of a miracle," said
Smith. "I didn't even know these people a year ago and now thanks to
Ancestry.com our family is closer than ever."
Ancestry.com users create profiles for each individual in their family
tree, share memories, upload photos, record conversations and interviews --
and invite family members to do the same. Users then search Ancestry.com's
extensive collection of more than 5 billion searchable names to find
historical documents that capture their family story. Users can also
connect on the site's message boards, some of the most active boards on the
Since July 2006, more than 2.5 million people have built family trees
on Ancestry.com, some growing their trees to amazing heights. The largest
tree includes almost 260,000 profiles. Another tree has almost 3,500
photos. And one user has shared his tree with more than 180 people.
Anita Gay of Massachusetts, a site member since May 2006, will never
forget finding her grandfather's census record on Ancestry.com. "I felt him
sitting next to me," said Gay, "and I could hear him say in his French
accent, 'That's me!' Of course I answered him with, 'I know, Gramps.'"
Louise Roskell, from North Yorkshire, Great Britain, a member since
September 2006, invited 15 family members to view her Ancestry.com tree.
"[They] recalled stories about different members of the family and even
began researching more themselves," said Roskell. "Before I knew it, I had
a wealth of photographs and was in touch with several relatives I had never
met before, through Ancestry.com."
In the first half of 2007, the company launched three new localized
sites, increasing the number of Ancestry sites from four to seven. Today,
sites in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy,
Germany and, most recently, France extend Ancestry's networking and
tree-building tools to a worldwide audience.
With 24,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the No. 1
online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997,
Ancestry.com 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
site is home to the only complete online U.S. Federal Census collection,
1790-1930, as well as the world's largest online collection of U.S. ship
passenger list records featuring more than 100 million names, 1820-1960.
Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of
family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com,
RootsWeb.com, Genealogy.com and Family Tree Maker. In total, The
Generations Network properties receive 10.4 million unique visitors
worldwide and over 450 million page views a month ((C) comScore Media
Metrix, March 2007).