Posted by Ancestry Team on December 8, 2014 in Website

Since Ancestry was founded in 1983, we’ve helped more than 2 million people find out more about their family’s history, filling in the ‘whos’, ‘wheres’ and ‘whys’ behind who they are today. At the time of this post, we have digitized more than 15 billion historic records from 67 countries, containing everything from war medal recipients to criminal trials, censuses to passenger lists, and even a pub ‘blacklist’ from Victorian England.

Our members have used these records to populate more than 60 million family trees and the data helps demonstrate how family history can not only unearth things from our past, but also the present. Of those who have conducted genealogical research, almost half have found living relatives they didn’t know about, with a significant number actually meeting them face-to-face.

This is evidence of how online genealogy – and technology as a whole – is helping connect and shape the modern family, evolving it into something we haven’t seen before. The aim of this report is to show how knowledge of the past has impacted the present, and how a greater sense of ‘connectivity’ has changed the concept of the modern family within the six countries in which we conducted the study.

This document forms the first part of a multi-chapter report, the full findings of which will be published over the coming year.



  1. Hello,

    I would like to know if you are providing your service to only USA. I have been living in Australia for 30 years and some of my parents also moved to Australia in 1950s however I have no trace of them. Would your service be helpful in my situation?

    • Kristie Wells

      Hi there, Ancestry has 14 billion historical records available globally and more than 200 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories have been uploaded to our website by members as well. There is a good chance you will be able to find information on your family history. I recommend you gather as much as you know about your family (names, dates of birth, places lived, etc) and then sign up for our 14-day free trial. Then you can chose to subscribe from there. Good luck!

  2. mike lynn

    ancestry has helped a lot.i am compiling a tree with my cousin.we now have a tree with over 2800 names on it.

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