Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ancestry.com Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

Ancestry.com Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

— Ancestry.com Subscriber Growth of 28% Year-Over-Year —
—Total Revenues Up 36% Year-Over-Year —
— Raises FY 2011 Outlook —

PROVO, Utah, July 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world's largest online family history resource, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.
"Our strong second quarter financial performance demonstrates that our investments in content, product and marketing continue to drive subscriber growth, enhance the user experience, and increase our brand awareness," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. "Going forward we plan to continue to make investments that can help drive our business and position us well for long-term growth."

Ancestry.com Web Sites Highlights
  • Subscribers totaled 1,672,000 as of June 30, 2011, growth of 28% from the end of the second quarter of 2010 and 4% since the end of the first quarter of 2011.
  • Gross subscriber additions were 322,000 in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 291,000 in the second quarter of 2010 and 425,000 in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Monthly churn1 was 4.6% in the second quarter of 2011, compared to 4.3% in the second quarter of 2010 and 3.7% in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Subscriber acquisition cost2 in the second quarter of 2011 was $81.23, compared to $74.04 in the second quarter of 2010 and $69.56 in the first quarter of 2011.
  • Average monthly revenue per subscriber3 in the second quarter of 2011 was $18.88, compared to $18.02 in the second quarter of 2010 and $18.05 in the first quarter of 2011.
Second Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenues for the second quarter of 2011 were $101.3 million, an increase of 36.1% over $74.5 million in the second quarter of 2010, driven by growth in our core Ancestry.com Web sites revenues of 36.6%.
  • Operating income for the second quarter of 2011 was $26.5 million, compared to $15.8 million in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Net income was $16.6 million, or $0.33 per fully diluted share, for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $8.5 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share, in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Adjusted EBITDA4 for the second quarter of 2011 was $38.4 million, compared to $25.3 million in the second quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the second quarter of 2011 was 37.9%, compared to 33.9% in the second quarter of 2010.
  • Free cash flow5 totaled $27.1 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $14.4 million for the second quarter of 2010.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $71.0 million as of June 30, 2011.
Recent Business Highlights
  • Extended relationship with NBC for the third season of the "Who Do You Think You Are?" television series in the U.S; in addition, NBC is currently re-airing episodes from season 2.
  • Addition of several new important content collections, including U.S. Navy Cruise Books, Sons of the American Revolution membership applications, vital records from Liverpool, Dorset and West Yorkshire, England and church books from Brandenburg, Germany from 1700-1874.
  • Multiple product releases, including New Web Search to provide easy access to additional content on the internet, as well as improvements to our new user conversion experience.
Business Outlook

The Company's financial and operating expectations for the third quarter and full year 2011 are as follows:

Third Quarter 2011
  • Revenues in the range of $102.0 to $104.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $38.0 to $40.0 million
  • Ending subscribers of approximately 1,700,000
Full Year 2011
  • Revenues in the range of $398.0 to $402.0 million (increased from the previously expected range of $395.0 to $400.0 million)
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $140.0 to $144.0 million (increased from the previously expected range of $135.0 to $140.0 million)
  • Ending subscribers of approximately 1,710,000 to 1,730,000 (unchanged from the previously expected range)
Conference Call & Webcast

Ancestry.com will host a conference call with analysts and investors today at 3:00 p.m. MT (5:00 p.m. ET). An accompanying slide presentation and a live webcast of the conference call will be available at the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com Web site, http://ir.ancestry.com/. Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 877-627-6544 (within the United States), or 719-325-4821 (international callers) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

The webcast replay will also be available for 12 months on the investor relations section of the Ancestry.com Web site, http://ir.ancestry.com/, under Events and Presentations.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Management believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that we do not consider indicative of our core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, we adjust net income for such things as interest, taxes, stock-based compensation expense and certain non-cash and non-recurring items. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content database costs, purchases of property and equipment and cash paid for income taxes and interest. However, these non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for or superior to, net income and net cash provided by operating activities, or other financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited financial statements.
Our management uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of our business; to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of our results with those of other companies; and in communications with our board of directors concerning our financial performance. We also use adjusted EBITDA and have used free cash flow as factors when determining the incentive compensation pool.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 26 million family trees containing over 2.6 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

Monday, July 25, 2011

History of Family & Individuals in Unique and Rare Video Interviews

Historical Truth 101 is launching on Monday, July 25, 2011

What is Historical Truth 101?

Historical Truth 101 is a preservation initiative dedicated to collecting and preserving rare and unique stories through the collection of oral, written, and videotaped histories of individuals as well as research experts. Historical Truth 101 is committed to making this non-renewable history available to the general public, via the Internet, through membership access to the archives of video interviews for education, enrichment, and enlightenment.

The next generation needs to know the truth so that they know where they came from. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana)

People are inspired by ordinary, everyday people that choose to do extraordinary things. We have the inspirational stories needed to inspire someone to dig deep into a subject to research and discover the interesting facts that are often lost or forgotten in dry, boring textbooks. These men and women have the potential to inspire individuals to go and do something in life to change the world we live in today.

What better way to hear and learn the truth than from the people who have lived it! In order to do this, we have been traveling the country interviewing veterans and historians and visiting many places of historical interest.

It is our goal to make "Truth" accessible via the membership to Historical Truth 101, while honoring those that have actually lived the history. In addition, we seek to promote people, places, and opportunities of true historical value. It is our hope that you enjoy the interviews we've collected as much as we've enjoyed collecting them, and that you find them informative and enlightening.

We are going to have new and fresh video footage weekly. To learn more, go to http://www.HistoricalTruth101.com or Call Angela Broyles at 256-762-7153.

“I’m Sorry, Those Records Were Lost” California Genealogical Society Publication Gives Researchers New Hope

OAKLAND, California–July 25, 2011–The California Genealogical Society (CGS) announces publication of Raking the Ashes: Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, second edition, a guide to circumventing the enormous record loss in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. This authoritative book by Nancy Simons Peterson, Research Director at CGS, is a must have for researching San Francisco ancestors, providing invaluable guidance on which records were lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire, which records survived, and where to find them.

Peterson alerts the reader to lesser-known sources, recently published references, and newly discovered documents. Sources are clearly identified and evaluated, while graphics, statistics, and historical background enrich the text. Not limited to San Francisco, Peterson's solutions for working around lost records and her emphasis on casting a much wider net than is customary will be especially welcomed by researchers wherever natural disasters have destroyed historical documents. First published in 2006, the second edition has been substantially updated and expanded.

ISBN 978-0-9785694-5-7
Format: Perfect-bound paperback, 242 pages
Dimensions (inches) 8.5 wide × 11.0 tall
Retail Price: $25.00
Publisher: California Genealogical Society
Additional information at: http://rakingtheashes.weebly.com

About the author:

Nancy Simons Peterson is a certified genealogist and author of numerous articles. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University.

About CGS:

The California Genealogical Society, founded in San Francisco in 1898, maintains a library, gathers and preserves vital records, and offers research services and online databases. CGS disseminates information through publications, meetings, seminars, workshops and its website, CaliforniaAncestors.org.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection Video Online

The National Genealogical Society proudly announces the release of an online presentation about the NGS Book Loan Collection presented by St. Louis County Reference Specialist, Ruth Ann Hager, CG, CGL[2]. You can see this presentation at http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/NGS/NGS_Book_Loan_Collection/Player.html.

In November 2001, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) moved their lending library of more than 20,000 books from their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to St. Louis County Library’s Special Collections Department in St. Louis, Missouri.

The collection was previously available to only NGS members. Now, the entire genealogical community can access the books through interlibrary loan at their local library. This noteworthy collection, which has strong holdings for East Coast and New England states, contains family histories and published abstracts of cemeteries, church records, court records, deeds, marriages, wills: and related probate records as well as state, county, and local histories.

In this presentation, Ms. Hager covers such elements of how to find, request, obtain, and donate to the NGS Book Loan Collection. You can see this presentation at http://broadcast.lds.org/elearning/FHD/Community/en/NGS/NGS_Book_Loan_Collection/Player.html.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. Please visit the NGS Pressroom at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/pressroom for further information.

Friday, July 22, 2011

WikiTree Reaches Two Million Profiles


July 22, 2011: Just four months after reaching one million profiles, today WikiTree.com reached two million profiles.

WikiTree’s recent growth has been led by genealogists who have been researching their family history for months or years and use WikiTree as a way to leverage the work they’ve done. On WikiTree they can integrate their research with that of distant cousins on a worldwide family tree. At the same time, WikiTree enables genealogists to privately share their modern family history. Non-genealogist family members can see how they connect with the worldwide tree, and also add their own personal memories and photos to enrich the profiles.

“I'm really excited about having reached two million,” says WikiTree Cousin Connector Tami Glatz. “The goal of one unified, well-sourced family tree gets closer with every new profile. As ‘Cousin Connector’ I help to find matches between new ancestor profiles and existing profiles. That helps WikiTree grow in the right way, with quality additions instead of duplicates.”

WikiTree creator Chris Whitten adds: “We really do work to slow down growth and shrink the total number of profiles. If a new WikiTreer uploads a GEDCOM with thousands of ancestors we make sure they feel comfortable thoughtfully managing and merging that many profiles. If they don’t, we don’t import their tree and encourage them to participate on a smaller scale. If they do, Tami and other members of the community are there to help the new WikiTreer find and merge the duplicates. We have a long road ahead of us in growing a single collaborative family tree but every day we move forward. Today we passed a significant milestone and I’m proud of it.”

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a single worldwide family tree with which we can all freely connect our private family histories. We aim to strike the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy so that families can share personal information, photos, and memories, while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free. Content is owned by its contributors. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at http://www.WikiTree.com/.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SGS Fall Seminar "Finding Military Records"

The Seattle Genealogical Society’s Fall Seminar to be held Saturday, 22 October, from 9am-4pm at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard (3014 Northwest 67th Street).

The Seminar will feature programs by local speakers with an emphasis on military records. Eric Stroschein will present the general session, "Finding Freedom Isn’t Free".  Stroschein will cover the many records available to genealogy researchers. Followed by three additional sessions attendees can select from nine military presentations. Each presentation will focus on sources for locating specific military records. This promises to be an informative day for beginning and experienced family researchers.

Learn more about the Fall 2011 Seminar on the SGS website: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~waseags.  For a registration brochure, contact SGS at (206) 522- 8658 or email sgsseminar@gmail.com. Registration deadline is October 14, 2011.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Discover Your Roots at Springfield Ancestry Day

Ancestry.com Sponsoring Family History Event at FGS 2011 Conference

July 20, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) in conjunction with Ancestry.com, announce a special event for those in the Springfield-area who are just getting started with family history. Springfield Ancestry Day will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at the Hilton Springfield.

Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) holds various “Ancestry Day” events all over the country that allow participants to get a “taste” of family history and learn how Ancestry.com can help. Ancestry Day is the perfect way to introduce someone to the genealogy field: the basics are covered in an easy-to-learn format and atmosphere, the event is low cost ($20 for the entire day) and participants even receive special gifts to help them with their family history journey.

Springfield Ancestry Day will be held in conjunction with the FGS 2011 conference – Pathways to the Heartland – in Springfield, Illinois from September 7-10, 2011. FGS thanks its platinum sponsor Ancestry.com for providing this opportunity to Springfield-area residents so they can further discover, share and preserve their family history. Scheduled events for Springfield Ancestry Day include:
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – Overlooked Secrets in U.S. Federal Census Records
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon – Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com
  • 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. – Break. Be sure to visit Ancestry.com in the Exhibit Hall! (no additional charge)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Getting the Most from Family Tree Maker
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. –Find Them Fast: Secrets to Searching Your Family History at Ancestry.com
All classes will be held in the Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams Street (across the street from the Prairie Capital Convention Center). The cost for this full-day event is only $20.00. Participants do not have to register for the FGS conference to attend this special day. Visit https://www.fgs.org/AncestryatFGS2011/ to register for Springfield Ancestry Day.

Learn More and Stay Connected
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.6 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 24 million family trees containing over 2.4 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy

For Immediate Release

“A new organization has formed to advance professionalism in forensic genealogy,” according to Leslie Brinkley Lawson. The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) was chartered in Texas in May and launched its web presence this week, www.forensicgenealogists.org.

CAFG is a business league with a professional membership. Its objectives are:

  • Advance public awareness and understanding of the profession.
  • Encourage broader use of the services of qualified forensic genealogists.
  • Promote and maintain high standards of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Encourage best practices in client services and business models.
  • Promote interchange of information among members through electronic forums, trade publications, meetings, and seminars.
  • Provide education and training for professional advancement of membership.
  • Assist fellow members in professional development through mentorship, full membership, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships.
  • Influence legislation that impacts the profession or the ability to access public records.

CAFG offers career ladder opportunities including a mentor program, full membership status for qualified, approved practitioners, plus the Fellowship award and optional credential component that are in development. Both the Advanced and Junior membership levels have minimum qualifications for education and experience. The mentor program also has minimum standards for enrollment. All members and mentor program enrollees agree to abide by the CAFG Standards of Practice and Conduct.

Seeds of this association were planted in 2007 when a small group of forensic genealogists collaborated in filling the gap that other genealogical groups did not meet in this relatively new field. At that time there were no accepted definitions for heir searcher and forensic genealogist nor was it widely known what the differences between the two were. In addition, there were few forensic genealogy educational opportunities, mentor programs, specialty credentials, or organizations dedicated to forensic genealogy.

In 2008, members of list-serves for professional genealogists engaged in lengthy discussions in an attempt to define the profession and its specialties. A core group formed from these discussions to explore the idea of a professional business league dedicated to forensic genealogy. In May 2011, these explorations and efforts culminated in the registration in the State of Texas of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy.

Serving on the organizing Board of Directors are President Leslie Brinkley Lawson, Vice President Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CGSM, Secretary - Treasurer Dee Dee King, CGSM, Registered Agent Kelvin L. Meyers, and Mentor Program Representative Catherine Desmarais, CGSM.

More information about the organization is available at www.forensicgenealogists.org.

CG and Certified Genealogist are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by board certificants after periodic evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Genealogist Madaleine J. Laird accepts permanent position as copy editor for Casefile Clues.

For Immediate Release

July 17, 2011 - Rio, Illinois: Madaleine J. Laird once served in the United States Air Force as an Arabic cryptologic linguist, but to paraphrase Forrest Gump, that's all she has to say about that. Her favorite civilian 9-to-5 jobs were at public and academic libraries, where she worked on the "front lines" at the circulation desk and in the trenches in technical services. She has written margin features for lower-division college textbooks, biographical profiles for a book on Irish American history, reviews of romance novels for a national magazine, and dozens of how-to articles on everything from household appliances to genealogical research. Madaleine has also spoken to genealogical societies about library research and information literacy. She attended Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research for the past three summers, finally earning her survival badge for the Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis course taught by Elizabeth Shown Mills. A recent transplant to the Washington, D.C. area, Madaleine looks forward to conducting research for herself and others at such local repositories as the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Her duties as copy editor of Casefile Clues include wrangling wayward prose, getting persnickety about punctuation, and coaxing more citations out of the long-suffering author/editor. Madaleine can be reached at kinfolit@gmail.com.

About Casefile Clues

Casefile Clues is a weekly genealogy newsletter focusing on sources, methodology, and case study analysis. Geared towards intermediate researchers, it concentrates on process, analysis and problem-solving using actual examples from research in a variety of locations, predominantly in the United States. It is written and compiled by Michael John Neill, a nationally known genealogist who has actively
researched for over twenty-five years and given day-long seminars in over thirty states across the United States. More information on Casefile Clues can be found at http://blog.casefileclues.com.

FamilySearch Adds 12 Million New Records and Images This Week

The England and Mexico Collections Contain the Lion’s Share of the New Additions

19 July 2011

The recent collection updates at FamilySearch.org are too diverse to summarize—seigniorial and notarial records, bishop’s transcripts and parish registers, citizen lists, court case files—you get the picture. The largest collection updates this week are from England and Mexico—eight million records and images between the two countries’ collections. Another 4 million records and images were added for Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, USA, and Wales. Search the records online now at FamilySearch.org. See the list below for more details.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer–driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Friday, July 15, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2 rebroadcasts start 16 July

If you missed any of the intriguing and emotional episodes from Season 2 of Who Do You Think You Are?  then you’ll have a second chance to enjoy the journeys of America’s favorite celebrities starting this weekend. Throughout the summer, NBC will begin airing encores of the eight original episodes from earlier this year and we couldn’t be more excited. Last season’s premiere episode will air this Saturday, July 16 on NBC at 8/7c. Ashley Judd’s episode will repeat the following Friday, July 22 at the same time. The remainder of the episodes will run on Saturday’s at 8p/7c with a few exceptions. Check your local listings for the latest information or visit www.nbc.com/who-do-you-think-you-are for more weekly information.

Season 2 featured eight of your favorite stars, including Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lionel Richie tracing their family roots through the centuries. Relive their experiences as they solve family mysteries, make discoveries, and connect with family lines they’ve never known before. One finds a family of trailblazers who stood firm against social opposition to gain freedom for all; another uncovers his own family’s rags-to-riches real estate tale with ties to America’s founding fathers. And the list of discoveries goes on and on.

Ancestry.com is a proud sponsor of the show and we’re very happy to report that Season 3 is currently in production and will return with all new episodes in 2012!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Geni Named One of “Best Free Web Apps of 2011” by PC Magazine


Magazine Notes Collaborative Family History Research Site as One of Best for Fun/Home

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – July 14, 2011 – Geni, the collaborative family history community and home of the “World Family Tree,” is proud to announce that once again PC Magazine named it one of the “Best Free Web Apps of 2011.” Noted in the Fun/Home category, Geni is lauded for its ability to “connect in every way possible.”

This is the fourth year in a row PC Magazine awarded Geni a “top app” designation. In regards to the growing popularity of using the Web versus desktop software, the publication notes, “Not only are they free, you can run these apps on any computer over the Web—no installation needed. Maybe it's time to do your work in the cloud.”

You can see the Fun/Home category listed here and read the entire list at PCMagazine.com.

About PC Magazine
PCMag.com is a leading authority on technology, delivering Labs-based, independent reviews of the latest products and services. Our expert industry analysis and practical solutions help you make better buying decisions and get more from technology.

About Geni, Inc.
Geni is an online community of casual and expert genealogists working together to create a single World Family Tree. Members can invite relatives to help them build their family tree with no limit to the number of people, documents, photos or videos added. They can then discover how they are related to celebrities, historical figures and other members of the World Family Tree. Privately held and based in Los Angeles, Geni’s financial backers include Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures. It was founded by David Sacks, the original chief operating office of PayPal and founder of Yammer, Inc.

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Thomas MacEntee, Genealogy Ninja, Joins WikiTree Team

WikiTree.com is excited to welcome genealogy tech guru, instructor, and speaker Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers and High-Definition Genealogy to the WikiTree team as our, yes, Genealogy Ninja. Thomas will be utilizing his considerable skills behind the scenes of the WikiTree community, helping to foresee and helping to forsee and resolve issues with growing a worldwide family tree.

Well-known to many professional and amateur genealogists, Thomas specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research. As the creator of GeneaBloggers.com he has organized and engaged a community of over 2,000 bloggers to document their own journeys in the search for ancestors. Thomas can be heard on GeneaBloggers Radio each Friday evening. Thomas also works with several genealogical societies including the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. His new role at WikiTree won’t replace any of these activities, and is intended to complement them.

“We’ve given him a playful title,” says WikiTree creator Chris Whitten, “but Thomas’s role is serious. Creating a worldwide family tree is not a mission that can be taken lightly. Without the right technology and collaborative atmosphere, the number of poorly-sourced and duplicate ancestor profiles could overwhelm and destroy the nobility of our project. On behalf of all current and future WikiTreers, I thank Thomas for agreeing to help defend the genealogical integrity of our community.”

About WikiTree: WikiTree's mission is to create a single worldwide family tree with which we can all freely connect our private family histories. We aim to strike the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy so that families can share personal information, photos, and memories, while at the same time growing a valuable genealogical resource with distant cousins and strangers. WikiTree is entirely free for everyone. Content is owned by its contributors. The service is supported by modest ads on public pages. Join our rapidly growing community at http://www.WikiTree.com/.

FamilySearch: Online Research Communities

 Connect With New Online Research Communities


Dear Family History Enthusiast,
We are excited to announce several new online research communities sponsored by FamilySearch, and we would like to invite you to join! Through these communities, you and fellow researchers in your area can:
  • Collaborate on your research.
  • Ask questions of each other.
  • Share your successes.
  • Share knowledge you have gained as you've done your own research in specific areas.
 
You are invited to take part in shaping the future of this pilot program and what these communities will become. These groups are being created on both Facebook and Skype. You have the opportunity to join on either or both of these sites.
 
You Can Help
Joining these new online communities is a way to connect with other researchers in your area and help answer their questions.

                                                                            
Groups are currently available for those researching in the following locations:
 

Countries United States
 
 
Click on the links above to go to the Facebook groups, or see instructions to join a Skype group. More groups will be added over time. See also:

 
Request a Group for Another Area
Because this is a pilot program, groups are limited in number.  If there is not a group already created for the area you are researching, you can request that a group be added or volunteer to be an administrator for a group. New groups will be created as their is interest and volunteer admins come forward to help out.