Posted by Web Operations on May 9, 2016 in Inside our Offices

As the researchers at AncestryProGenealogists moved into their much larger office at 324 S. State Street in Salt Lake City in September 2014, business was growing quickly, and it became evident that even that space would soon be too small. So on May 12, 2016, Ancestry will unveil a renovated addition that brings the company’s office space to 22,000 square feet.

AncestryProGenealogists Salt Lake Office
AncestryProGenealogists Salt Lake Office

AncestryProGenealogists, acquired by Ancestry in 2010, specializes in genealogical, forensic, DNA, and adoption research, with product offerings now including designed family stories, legacy books, and guided family history trips. Three genealogists founded the business from their separate home offices in Utah in 1998, and 18 years later the business employs 90 people, some working in San Francisco, Dublin, and London offices serving 1,400 active clients total.

According to Senior Director Toni Sears, this expansion in resources means the company can serve more customers in new ways. Since researchers collaborate, sharing expertise in various geographical areas and record collections, she said each client of AncestryProGenealogists taps into the greatest think tank of genealogy professionals found in any one place in the world.

“The researchers are so passionate about what they do, and I’ve never been in an environment where what people do day to day is so directly tied to the success of the company,” she said. “Seeing how it actually affects people when they get this story delivered to them—it’s exciting.”

It can be life-changing for clients to discover who they are and where they come from. Rather than a mere contract, they seek a customized client experience. Danamichele Brennen, General Manager of AncestryProGenealogists, has a track record of successfully transforming businesses that provide professional services, magnifying the depth of their brand. “We have the very best specialists in the world who can work together to make that client journey richer and tell their unique story,” Brennen said.

AncestryProGenealogists joined the SLC Chamber of Commerce in 2016 to further engage with the community. The company’s location near record collections at the LDS Family History Library makes research convenient, while underscoring the city’s unique offerings in the field.

“We are a significant employer here, not to mention an organization that is rooted in a very important part of Salt Lake City’s history as a leader in genealogy resources,” Brennen said.

As sales of AncestryDNA test kits continue to skyrocket, clients benefit from the largest consumer genomics database in the world. Clients also have access to online records by using Ancestry’s subsidiaries Find A Grave, Newspapers.com, and Fold3 (military records). Interest in family history research has never been higher, as evidenced by popular genealogy tracing TV shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?” Research for that show is done largely by AncestryProGenealogists.

Kory Meyerink, one of the company’s founders, says AncestryProGenealogists researchers get better at serving customers’ needs all the time, and this expansion proves that. “It’s exciting, because with more resources, more clients, more employees, we can provide more answers to people, and that’s what it’s all about—giving people answers to their questions about their families,” he said.

The company plans to hire ten more employees in 2016. And as more questions are answered, more clients seek to share their discoveries.

“We are seeing more clients who want to leave their family history as a legacy, and they want to have something documented to share with future generations,” Sears said. “I think more and more people are finding it valuable to share their family story.”

Ancestry ProGenealogists invites the public to a ribbon-cutting event at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at 324 South State Street in Salt Lake City.

A Business After Hours event hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce will be held at the Peery Hotel (110 West Broadway, Salt Lake City) on Thursday, May 26, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Professional genealogists will make short presentations on DNA technology and the popular TLC show “Who Do You Think You Are?” Click here to register to attend the event.

 

About the Author

As lead writer at AncestryProGenealogists, Erika Manternach writes family stories and legacy books for clients who have ordered professional research. She crafted the company’s process of writing customized narratives based on genealogical research findings. Erika spent the first 10 years of her career as a TV news anchor, reporter, and producer, and also taught journalism for six years in Draper, Utah.

9 Comments

  1. Linda Carter

    I dont have a website ( at least for now), but may start one since my interest seams to have become a passion! My sister got me into Ancestry over 15 years ago, and because we have a popular well-known surname I have done much research as alowed, with time constraints and without traveling. It consumes my time and efforts because of my love for it and History. I have contributed a great amount of info and photos on the family tree, using any sources available to me. How do I become part of your team (staff) on the east coast of the United States? I have many admin skills, am detail oriented and would love to work with you in helping others discover their own past through genealogy. Thank you!

  2. guy cooper

    I believe the future of humanity (tech aside) is rooted in its understanding of the family past history. I look forward to participating in my personal search for answers as soon as it is feasible. Thanks

  3. Sylvia Roldan

    Would like to know my roots my grandmother name escolastica neris my grandfather was zoilo galarza

  4. Sherry

    I filled out the family tree , I put my mother where my father should be, how do I correct this.

  5. CLIFTON HEATH

    My family genes are nothing like I was told, I was told that my Dad was English, Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch, and Canadian with Native American. My Mom I knew her parents were Volga Germans and that was confirmed by my DNA. But I found out that I am 66% Western Europe, 17% Scandinavian which proved to be Norwegian including Rollo “Rolf” the Viking who by my research was my 29th Great-Grandfather my ancestors include William I the Conqueror the Norman who defeated England in 1066 all the way through the Plantagenet Kings of England including Edward I “Hammer of the Scots” Plantagenet the line ended with Henry VII House of Tudor he was married to my 11th Great-Grandmother Princess Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England Plantagenet, making Henry VIII my 11th Great-Uncle. I also have a ancestor who came over on the Mayflower and signed the”Mayflower Compact” his name was George Soule. this history is through my Father’s maternal side of my family, also one of my 1st cousins 3xremoved was one of the 4 soldiers who carried President Lincoln’s body from Ford Theater. I know this all sounds unreal but it is true from my research using Ancestry.com with help from the DNA results. If you want to use my story you at Ancestry.com I would be more than happy to share my story. My account is CLIFFNELKO and my password is MAYFLOWER if any body wants help with their own Tree and can use mine to help feel free to do so. Clifton Heath

  6. CLIFTON HEATH

    Hi Sherry I imagine by now you have fixed your problem if not just do a quick edit by removing your father and then putting him back in the appropriate spot.

  7. Sandra M Scales-Siwek

    Hi Clifton; this thread is accessible to all members so your password is visible to very large number of people. You may want to change your password to prevent someone from hacking your account or inadvertently damaging your data. Congratulations on all your research that revealed such compelling details.

  8. Doris Jean Wright

    I would love to learn more about how to help myself and others find the truth of my heritage. I have heard so many stories.

  9. Donna

    I am currently a history major, trying to break out as a genealogist… I spend so much of my time researching, looking, exploring family history I thought I would try to make a career out of it. It’s not like a regular career that you study and graduate from, but I am looking into this kind of line of work. I was adopted and so for me it’s a true passion trying to find my paternal family, and I would love to be in someone’s corner helping them to discover their family history as well. Any advice anyone has would be much appreciated!

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