Online Community Creates More Than 275 Million Profiles and 3 Million Family Trees In Last Year logo.bmpUnrivaled Combination of Social Networking Tools and Digitized Historical Documents Spark Surge

PROVO, Utah, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ —, 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 “In the past year we’ve seen a remarkable networking effect as people use to make great discoveries and share their findings with family members.”

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growth has been fueled by two major content releases — the biggest online collection of African American historical documents and the Web’s leading compilation of U.S. military records.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 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 our family is closer than ever.” 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 Users then search’s extensive collection of more than 5 billion searchable names to find historical documents that capture their family story.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 Web.

Since July 2006, more than 2.5 million people have built family trees on, 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 “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 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”

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, is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, 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. is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including,, 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 (© comScore Media Metrix, March 2007).

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  1. How exciting it has been for me since I started building my tree on in October, 2007. I have met the wife of a cousin I graduated high school with from my hometown in Arkansas. She has given me much information on that family, plus putting me in touch with a cousin that I’ve never met. This cousin is the daughter of my late cousin who shared all the information he had on my paternal grandfather’s and grandmother’s ancesters.

    That young woman has given me invaluable information that I had no way of finding on Ancestry, since the census records are available only through 1930.

    I have recently sent her a copy of my Family Tree Maker genealogy report which is still incomplete. She was very excited to get it and promises to bring me up to date on current generations.

    In addition I’ve met a distant cousin of my husband who lives not far from us in Texas. She is working getting more of the current generations information for me.

    These are not all of the wonderful people I’ve had email contact with due to the online tree.

    Through my research, I have learned that I, an only child, was related to most of the people I knew in Polk County, Arkansas because of the large Parker, Ellison, Sims families who were my ancesters!

    Frances Russell
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