, Inc. Launches Beta of

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8.4 million ancestors added to community in three weeks

PROVO, UT, July 21, 2008 — announced the beta launch of, an innovative and fun family tree building community that has added 8.4 million ancestor names in the past three weeks.

“ adds a much needed family tree component to our ‘innovative tools to connect families’ strategy. By adding a user-uploaded family tree community, millions of additional names can now be searched online and more people can get connected to their families,” said Paul Allen, CEO,, Inc. CEO. “We’re really excited this community has taken off with thousands of users in the past few weeks.” utilizes powerful Web 2.0 technologies to provide an exciting, free, and useful family history experience. The service will offer the ability to share family tree files with people throughout the world, create charts and reports, and provide the option to embed trees on any Web site or blog, and more.

Historically, high-quality charts often required expensive software. Using, individuals can use the Internet’s first live family tree charting engine to build and print heirloom-quality, full color charts, or export them to a file. will offer hundreds of, backgrounds, frames, box borders and more to help users customize their charts.

“Fifteen years ago, when I began gathering information on my wife’s family tree, I was impressed by how many photographs I could not identify, and how many people who knew the family history where no longer with us. I formed the impression that now is the time, maybe the last time, to assemble the family tree before so much of it would be lost forever,” said Drew Spencer, user. “Now, when I print reports of the family for relatives, and share the photos I have collected, I know that it was worth the effort.”
Individuals who upload trees can share their content with the world, potentially helping others find ancestors. However, respects the work of individuals who contribute to the community. Members can remove their content from the site at any time. does not share information on living family members. Information in family trees regarding living persons will appear on the individual’s personal family tree, but will not be visible to individuals on the Internet unless they have been given permission.


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About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,,, and the We’re Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families., Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team, provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to With more than a billion records and thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records– helps 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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