Ancestry.com Celebrates Opening of The American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from MyFamily.com, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com today announced, in
 celebration of the opening of The American Family Immigration History Center
 on Ellis Island, a new Internet resource for family historians. It provides
 users with multiple tools to help them trace their family's history as it
 passed through Ellis Island. The new resource can be found www.ancestry.com.
 With over 1 billion names, Ancestry.com has the largest collection of family
 history data online. Combined from its extensive database files, how-to
 articles, tips from noted genealogists and books about tracing families
 through Ellis Island, this new compilation provides a key reference point for
 the more than 100 million Americans who can trace their roots through Ellis
 Island.
     On the occasion of the center's opening, Loretto Dennis Szucs, noted
 genealogist and author of multiple genealogy books, including, "Ellis Island:
 Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway" said, "Ellis Island
 truly is one of the greatest symbols of American immigration, the doorway to
 opportunity, freedom and hope for so many of our ancestors. Over 40 percent of
 Americans can include in their family lines a fore bearer who passed through
 Ellis Island's Great Hall."
     The American Family Immigration History Center is a monumental
 accomplishment involving years of work, over 5.5 million volunteer hours and
 nearly $25 million to painstakingly input and verify 32 years of passenger
 records. With the opening of the center, and its simultaneous Web debut,
 passenger manifest records of the more than 22 million people who entered the
 United States through Ellis Island will be made available. Key data available
 on immigrants will contain up to 11 fields including important information
 such as name, gender, age on arrival, marital status, ship name, port of
 origin and last residence.
     "It is important to remember a few key points when searching for family
 that came through Ellis Island," cautioned Szucs. "The family name you are
 tracing may be an 'Americanized' version or the purser's interpretation of the
 name your ancestors gave as they boarded the ship. Also, many immigrants could
 not spell their names or changed them when entering the United States, knowing
 the prospects for better employment came to those with specific
 ethnic-sounding names."
     The new center, developed by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island
 Foundation, opens its doors today. The databases will be available onsite to
 the public visiting the historic landmark and to Internet users at
 www.ellisislandrecords.org. The new center is housed in the Ellis Island
 Immigration Museum, formerly the main building of the renowned immigration
 facility.
 
     About MyFamily.com, Inc.
     MyFamily.com, Inc. is the leading network for connecting families and
 generations on the Web, and is the largest and most active online community of
 its kind. The network ranks among the top 15 in total page views, with over
 7 million unique visitors a month according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
     The company's current Internet properties include:  Ancestry.com, the
 number one source for tracing family history, with more than 300,000 paid
 subscriptions and more than one billion records; RootsWeb.com, the oldest and
 largest online genealogy community; MyFamily.com, the foremost provider of
 family resources and free, private Web sites; ThirdAge.com, the leading media
 and direct-marketing service targeting boomer adults 45 years and older; and
 ah-ha.com, a family-friendly search engine featuring a pay-for-performance
 model.
     MyFamily.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San
 Francisco, with offices in New York City and Provo, Utah. Investors in
 MyFamily.com include:  AT&T, America Online, CBS, CMGI@Ventures,
 Eastman Kodak, Group Arnault, Intel Capital, Merrill Lynch and SOFTBANK.
 Additional information about MyFamily.com can be found at
 http://www.myfamilyinc.com.
 
 

SOURCE MyFamily.com, Inc.
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com today announced, in
 celebration of the opening of The American Family Immigration History Center
 on Ellis Island, a new Internet resource for family historians. It provides
 users with multiple tools to help them trace their family's history as it
 passed through Ellis Island. The new resource can be found www.ancestry.com.
 With over 1 billion names, Ancestry.com has the largest collection of family
 history data online. Combined from its extensive database files, how-to
 articles, tips from noted genealogists and books about tracing families
 through Ellis Island, this new compilation provides a key reference point for
 the more than 100 million Americans who can trace their roots through Ellis
 Island.
     On the occasion of the center's opening, Loretto Dennis Szucs, noted
 genealogist and author of multiple genealogy books, including, "Ellis Island:
 Tracing Your Family History Through America's Gateway" said, "Ellis Island
 truly is one of the greatest symbols of American immigration, the doorway to
 opportunity, freedom and hope for so many of our ancestors. Over 40 percent of
 Americans can include in their family lines a fore bearer who passed through
 Ellis Island's Great Hall."
     The American Family Immigration History Center is a monumental
 accomplishment involving years of work, over 5.5 million volunteer hours and
 nearly $25 million to painstakingly input and verify 32 years of passenger
 records. With the opening of the center, and its simultaneous Web debut,
 passenger manifest records of the more than 22 million people who entered the
 United States through Ellis Island will be made available. Key data available
 on immigrants will contain up to 11 fields including important information
 such as name, gender, age on arrival, marital status, ship name, port of
 origin and last residence.
     "It is important to remember a few key points when searching for family
 that came through Ellis Island," cautioned Szucs. "The family name you are
 tracing may be an 'Americanized' version or the purser's interpretation of the
 name your ancestors gave as they boarded the ship. Also, many immigrants could
 not spell their names or changed them when entering the United States, knowing
 the prospects for better employment came to those with specific
 ethnic-sounding names."
     The new center, developed by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island
 Foundation, opens its doors today. The databases will be available onsite to
 the public visiting the historic landmark and to Internet users at
 www.ellisislandrecords.org. The new center is housed in the Ellis Island
 Immigration Museum, formerly the main building of the renowned immigration
 facility.
 
     About MyFamily.com, Inc.
     MyFamily.com, Inc. is the leading network for connecting families and
 generations on the Web, and is the largest and most active online community of
 its kind. The network ranks among the top 15 in total page views, with over
 7 million unique visitors a month according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
     The company's current Internet properties include:  Ancestry.com, the
 number one source for tracing family history, with more than 300,000 paid
 subscriptions and more than one billion records; RootsWeb.com, the oldest and
 largest online genealogy community; MyFamily.com, the foremost provider of
 family resources and free, private Web sites; ThirdAge.com, the leading media
 and direct-marketing service targeting boomer adults 45 years and older; and
 ah-ha.com, a family-friendly search engine featuring a pay-for-performance
 model.
     MyFamily.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in San
 Francisco, with offices in New York City and Provo, Utah. Investors in
 MyFamily.com include:  AT&T, America Online, CBS, CMGI@Ventures,
 Eastman Kodak, Group Arnault, Intel Capital, Merrill Lynch and SOFTBANK.
 Additional information about MyFamily.com can be found at
 http://www.myfamilyinc.com.
 
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