Ancestry.com Users Create More Than 1 Million Family Trees Online in Past Six Months

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More than 150 Million Names Added and 400,000 Photos Uploaded as Ancestry.com Revolutionizes Online Tree-Building Collaboration

PROVO, UTAH – February 1, 2007 – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that more than 1 million online family trees have been created since the site’s new tree-building and sharing features launched in late July 2006. In building family trees, users have added an estimated 150 million names, uploaded 400,000 photos and attached 10 million family history documents directly from Ancestry.com’s 23,000 historical records collections.

Built with family collaboration in mind, the tree-building tools on Ancestry.com allow family members to work together on their family trees, whether living in the same house or on the other side of the world. Families can add their ancestors’ names, photos, life stories and much more to a shared family tree – all for free.

In addition to the impressive number of family trees which have been created, users are also adding names, photos and documents at impressive rates, as a result of the site’s easy-to-use tools and an increasing worldwide interest in family history. Users in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and Australia are creating and sharing their family trees with Ancestry.com’s advanced tree-building and collaborative tools.

“The sheer number of family trees created in such a short time demonstrates the collaborative power of the Internet to allow families, regardless of location, to discover their heritage together,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com. “Technologies such as email, online storage and photo uploading allow family members to instantaneously bring together their memories in one, centralized, easy-to-access location.”

Ancestry.com’s tree-building tools, designed for enhanced searching, storing and sharing, allow paying subscribers to discover their past with the site’s extensive database of more than 5 billion searchable names, including the entire digitized and indexed U.S. Federal Census collection from 1790 to 1930, all readily available U.S. ship passenger list records from 1820 to 1960 and other historical records collections.

Ancestry.com is dedicated to continually adding new features and functionality to these tree-building tools.

About Ancestry.com
With more than 5 billion names and 23,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch almost a decade ago, 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. Ancestry.com received more than 4 million unique site visitors and 295 million page views in November 2006 (© comScore Media Metrix, Worldwide, November 2006).

Media Contacts
Julia Burgon
Coltrin & Associates for Ancestry.com
212-221-1616 ext. 124
julia_burgon@coltrin.com

Tola St. Matthew-Daniel
Coltrin & Associates for Ancestry.com
212-221-1616 ext. 101
tola_stmatthew-daniel@coltrin.com

7 thoughts on “Ancestry.com Users Create More Than 1 Million Family Trees Online in Past Six Months

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  2. there may be that many family trees new, but, I notice there are some that have the wrong information on them. do not put them out there unless you have all the fact correct.

  3. How do I tranfer all the data Iv’e all ready enter on Family Tree # 16 to my twin that just bought the program.So she won’t have to enter the hours of data Iv’e alrady done.

  4. I am furious! My families down to present, living children’s last names have been entered on this site, without my permission, evidently by the thoughtless daughter of a cousin with whom I shared data on the condition that he not put it on the Internet. In addition she has entered errors in locations, dates and parentages. I feel my privacy has been violated and my family is exposed to possible identity theft!

  5. I have been adding generations, 5 at a time, from others doing research on the same families I research. My only hope is that everyone will take the time to do some research on each of the added people.

    Example: One family I added had 16 people submitting info on that same line, but found very few of them had any support info included…..and the one with the most was, of course, the one I chose….

    I have been trying to go back and add census, military, ssdi info to each person on my family tree….and it has been most interesting and informative. But feel that all census records aren’t showing up when names are spelled correctly in family tree postings, but not that way on census records…

    Wish there was a quick way to correct this or do easier research.

  6. I love the new site but a suggestion for the future would be to have a True ancestry (or some such name). This upload site would require at least one source for every fact ie. Tom Jones m. Betty Smith would not be allowed until a source was also added. This would help keep incorrect info to a minumum.

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