About Ancestry LLC

Our mission is to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.

Ancestry LLC is the world’s largest online resource for family history with more than 2 million paying subscribers across all family history sites. Since starting as a publishing company in 1983, we have been a leader in the family history market for more than 30 years and have helped pioneer the market for online family history research. We believe that most people have a fundamental desire to understand who they are and from where they came, and that anyone interested in discovering, preserving and sharing their family history is a potential user of Ancestry products. We strive to make our service valuable to individuals ranging from the most committed family historians to those taking their first steps towards satisfying their curiosity about their family stories.

The foundation of our global service is an extensive and unique collection of more than 17 billion historical records that have been digitized, indexed and put online since 1996. We have developed efficient and proprietary systems for digitizing handwritten historical documents, and have established relationships with national, state and local government archives, historical societies, religious institutions and private collectors of historical content around the world. These digital records and documents, combined with our proprietary online search technologies and tools, enable our subscribers to research their family history, build their family trees and make meaningful discoveries about the lives of their ancestors.

We have built the world’s largest online community of people interested in their family histories, and we believe that this network is highly valuable to our subscribers. Our community is a large and growing source of user-generated content uniquely focused on family history. Our global registered users have created more than 70 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. They have uploaded and attached to their trees more than 300 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories. This growing pool of user-generated content adds color and context to the family histories assembled from the digitized historical documents found on Ancestry.com. Our global subscribers have also made more than 8 billion connections between their trees and other subscribers’ trees since early 2008, a process that is helping further organize this collection by associating specific records with people in family trees.

Quick facts

16 billion historical records
Members have created more than 70 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles
More than 2 million worldwide subscribers across our family history sites
More than 300 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories have been uploaded