Partners With, Inc. To Provide Free Family History Courses

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PROVO, UT, May 28, 2008 —, a leading online genealogy course provider, has recently partnered with, Inc. to provide free introductory courses exclusively to members.

“This partnership is a win-win proposition. One frequent request we get from our members is for help in starting their genealogy and family history. The training that GenClass provides will be a great help to those who want to learn more and expand their skills,” said David Lifferth, President,, Inc. “We are happy to provide these two training courses for free to our members by a fast-growing leader in the genealogy field.”

“We seek to work with people who are flexible, and look toward the future. We have been impressed with how has partnered with a variety of organizations and companies to provide new resources, talent, and great products,” said Schelly Talalay Dardashti, GenClass co-founder and instructor. “We like what we see at, and think it is a good match for a partnership.”, Inc. and GenClass have been working together on this partnership over the past year. The initial success of this partnership has been overwhelming: All 400 openings for the first four free courses (June and July) were filled within five days.

“There are many genealogy courses out there in a variety of formats, but our operating model can be summed up as short-term, economical, information-packed courses with enthusiastic and passionate expert instructors,” said Micha Reisel, GenClass co-founder, instructor, and administrator. “We recognize that people are busy, so we provide them with as much information as possible in the most practical way possible.” members can begin registering on June 20, 2008 for August’s free courses on genealogy basics. GenClass provides 23 additional for-fee genealogy courses taught by nine professional genealogists. See all courses– including Native American Genealogy, Eastern European Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, Brick Wall Research and more– at

“People are bombarded with so much information, but what they really need is direction on how to approach this passion for genealogy that they have developed,” added Reisel. “We want to empower these individuals from the beginning with knowledge to assist them with their genealogy and family history. All of’s offerings are designed to fulfill that need.”


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Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director, Inc.

About focuses on providing short-term, practical, economical online genealogy courses on many topics taught by expert instructors based in the United States, Canada, Scotland, and elsewhere. During 2008, GenClass has scheduled 93 courses on 23 topics, including Organizing Your Family History, Finding Your Female Ancestors, Family Tree Maker 2008–The Basics, Salt Lake City–the Largest Genealogical Library in the World, and many others.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,, and the application on We’re RelatedFacebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team,, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 30,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records– makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

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