Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New Genealogical Records on the Internet

Oakland adds to its 1890 census substitute project

The Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) has added the 1891 tax assessment rolls for Avon Township, Oakland County Michigan to its 1890 census substitute project. Volunteers created an index of the names in the records, and the index is available on the Society's website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The index and images are also available at the Oakland County Historical Resources website at http://www.OaklandCountyHistory.org.

The release of the database is the most recent addition Society's 1890 Census Substitute Project, which focuses on locating and digitizing Oakland County records created between 1884 and 1894. The 1884 and 1894 State of Michigan Census for Oakland County and the Federal Census for 1890 for Michigan no longer exist, so replacement data is very useful to genealogical researchers.

The OCGS Board of Directors has allocated an additional $3,000 from the Kennedy Fund to continue the 1890 Census Substitute Project. Custodians of Oakland County records which are suitable for inclusion in the project are encouraged to contact the project director, Pamela Epple, at 1890sub@ocgsmi.org. Donations to the Kennedy Fund are appreciated, and may be made with a check to OCGS at the Society address.

Founded in 1977, the Oakland County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to locating, publishing and safeguarding public and private genealogical records; and to encouraging and instructing in the science of genealogical research and compilation through workshops, sharing, and other educational means. Donations, gifts and legacies are tax deductible. OCGS meets at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Troy, Michigan, a meeting schedule and more information are available on the Society website at http://www.ocgsmi.org. The Society is a charter member of Oakland County Historical Resources.

OaklandCountyHistory.org is the work of Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR), a 501(c)(3) consortium of libraries, genealogical and historical societies, which seeks historical materials pertaining to Oakland County, Michigan to make them searchable and accessible to the public. OCGS is a member. OCHR offers affordable membership options to organizations dedicated to preserving Oakland County history. Please contact Linda Sickles, director of the Orion Township Public Library for membership information, (248) 693-3000.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ancestry.com Discovers President Obama Related to First Documented Slave in America

Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies

PROVO, UTAH – July 30, 2012 – A research team from Ancestry.com (NASDAQ:ACOM), the world’s largest online family history resource, has concluded that President Barack Obama is the 11th great-grandson of John Punch, the first documented African enslaved for life in American history. Remarkably, the connection was made through President Obama’s Caucasian mother’s side of the family.

The discovery is the result of years of research by Ancestry.com genealogists who, through early Virginia records and DNA analysis, linked Obama to John Punch. An indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, Punch was punished for trying to escape his servitude in 1640 by being enslaved for life. This marked the first actual documented case of slavery for life in the colonies, occurring decades before initial slavery laws were enacted in Virginia.

In the 372 years since, many significant records have been lost – a common problem for early Virginia (and the South in general) – destroyed over time by floods, fires and war. While this reality greatly challenged the research project, Ancestry.com genealogists were able to make the connection, starting with Obama’s family tree.

President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. However, while researching his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s lineage, Ancestry.com genealogists found her to have African heritage as well, which piqued the researchers’ interest and inspired further digging into Obama’s African-American roots. In tracing the family back from Obama’s mother, Ancestry.com used DNA analysis to learn that her ancestors, known as white landowners in Colonial Virginia, actually descended from an African man. Existing records suggest that this man, John Punch, had children with a white woman who then passed her free status on to their offspring. Punch’s descendants went on to be free, successful land owners in a Virginia entrenched in slavery.

An expert in Southern research and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth Shown Mills, performed a third-party review of the research and documentation to verify the findings.

“In reviewing Ancestry.com’s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate. Genealogical research on individuals who lived hundreds of years ago can never definitively prove that one man fathered another, but this research meets the highest standards and can be offered with confidence.”

“Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related,” said Ancestry.com genealogist Joseph Shumway. “John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream.”

More details and supporting information on this discovery and additional research on President Obama’s family lineage can be found at www.ancestry.com/obama.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 38 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include our ability to acquire subscribers and digitize content to provide desired content to our subscribers, to make our services convenient to use and to otherwise satisfy customer expectations. Information concerning additional factors that could cause events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption “Risk Factors” in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and in discussions in other of our Securities and Exchange Commission filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements.

New Release in Voices of Genealogy Video Series: Mary McCampbell Bell, CG - “Becoming a Genealogist”

ARLINGTON, VA, 29 JULY 2012: For the July celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NGSQ, the NGS video series Voices of Genealogy presents the delightful Mary McCampbell Bell and her story of “Becoming a Genealogist.” Mary chats about her inspiration to study, her learning, her teachers, and the joy and strains her passion for genealogy brought to her marriage.

A future episode with Bell will describe her experiences as a much-appreciated teacher who is known especially for her courses in land platting at national conferences, Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Genealogical Institute of Texas. One of her teaching colleagues, whom Mary recalled fondly in her interview, was Birdie Monk Holsclaw, whose posthumous article on land platting, co-authored with Karen Mauer Green, appears in the June issue of the NGSQ. A second video segment featuring “Adventures in Land Platting” will appear in the future as well as “Healing,” a poignant story of a family tragedy and the healing that eventually followed.

The video was produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore from an interview by Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Mary McCampbell Bell, CG, “Becoming a Genealogist” is now playing for NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Video interviews with important genealogists represent just one of the many opportunities NGS offers its members for honing their skills. Members receive the society’s outstanding quarterly publications, the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and the NGS Magazine, and can also take advantage of free courses and significant discounts on publications, courses, and the NGS annual conferences to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8–11 May 2013; Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014; and St. Louis, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015.

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.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

RootsMagic, Inc. to collaborate within FHISO about community standards

Gilbert, AZ—July 27, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that RootsMagic, Inc., has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As a founding member, RootsMagic will designate organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

"Most of us just want it to work. Within FHISO, everyone’s needs will be considered. Things will just work for more of us, more of the time. We’ll get there, thanks to support from leaders like Bruce Buzbee and Michael Booth of RootsMagic. Today’s announcement is good news for genealogists and innovators around the globe,” says FHISO Board Member, Geir Thorud (Norway).

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc., has been creating family history software, starting with the popular Family Origins and continuing with RootsMagic, the award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing family history fun and easy. Over the years RootsMagic has released other programs to help people preserve and share their family history. Personal Historian helps users write and preserve their life stories. Family Atlas makes creating custom family maps fun and easy. And Family Reunion Organizer takes the headaches out of planning those important get-togethers. For more information about the RootsMagic family of products, visit the company website, http://www.rootsmagic.com.

FHISO is a standards-developing organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/.

Please join us in welcoming RootsMagic and their member representatives to FHISO!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Slovakian Genealogical Records Growing Online

FamilySearch’s free online Slovakian record collection has now grown to over 5 million searchable records. The Slovakia 1869 census is also available as a browsable image collection. Other new searchable collections online were expanded this week for South Africa, Canada, Poland, Portugal, and the United States. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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22,920
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Call for Papers: 2013 Story@Home Conference

Story@Home would like to announce a call for papers for the Feb 1-2, 2013 Story@Home conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Story@Home is a conference that focuses on the story. Storytelling, Blogging and Family History share a love and pursuit of the story but approach it differently. Come learn, share and experience the synergy and power of story. The conference is designed to help find, share and deliver our stories in a more meaningful and memorable way.

If you are interested in presenting at next year's conference please go the the site for more details: http://www.cherishbound.com/blog/storyathome/presenters/

Story@Home is hosted by FamilySearch.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact:

Valerie Elkins velkins5@gmail.com
Story@Home Board Member

The 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy cruise 10-19 February 2013

Adelaide, South Australia, 1 July 2012 - Unlock the Past announces the 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise. This will be a relaxing 9 night cruise to the South Pacific, combined with a fascinating history and genealogy themed conference.

Departing from Sydney on 10 February 2013, you’ll be sailing on the exciting Royal Caribbean ship Voyager of the Seas and visiting South Pacific islands New Caledonia and Fiji. Voyager of the Seas is a destination in itself, with 15 decks, the ship comes with its own ice-skating rink, rock climbing wall, huge Show lounge, 14 bars and lounges, 7 restaurants, 10 pools & jacuzzis, library, duty-free shopping, medical centre, gym and health spa, this makes not only for an incredible holiday, but a wonderful way to further your genealogy and history knowledge.

The team of presenters is headed by Paul Milner from the United States, but British born and for 30 years a British Isles specialist. Other presenters include Google and technology expert, Dan Lynch (USA), Bob Velke of Wholly Genes and Archive CD Books USA, Louis Kessler of GenSoftReviews.com (Canada), Jan Gow (New Zealand) and Australians, Jill Ball, Carol Baxter, Stephen Dando-Collins (internationally acclaimed author), Shauna Hicks, Rosemary Kopittke, Helen Smith. A truly international team to bring an international program.

The six full days at sea and exclusive use of a 330 seat theatre which can be divided into four smaller rooms gives scope for a wide and varied program. 120 topics will be offered in 60 different time slots. The program will be feature several key streams, including England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, writing, technology, Google for family historians, genealogy software, online data and resources as well as a number of other general and specialised topics, case studies and more. A special feature will be the Research Help Zone for one on open advice from experts.

Add to all this the fun of a cruise - the Voyager's own daily program allows you to do as much or as little as you like when you are not attending one of the fascinating genealogy seminars. She also visits two great ports – enticing Noumea, the capital of the French territory of New Caledonia, where the South Pacific meets the Riveria and Lautoka, Fiji’s second largest city which offers dancing waves of the sea, sandy beaches and a vibrant local culture to ensure a refreshing and memorable visit. So sit back relax and let the Captain and Unlock the Past make this a truly memorable journey.

Unlock the Past have chosen Clean Cruising to be their partner again for this cruise. They have a wonderful, enthusiastic team, who will help you with any of your needs or questions.
“We have loved getting everyone away on the previous two cruises with Unlock the Past and the ships and onboard program just get more exciting, so let us help you choose just the right place to be onboard and answer all your cruising questions” – Ciaran, Natalya & Terri , Clean Cruising
“Having been on two genealogy cruises before, I know that I’m going to have fun and learn a lot to assist my family history research. What makes this cruise even more exciting is the great range of speakers, wide variety of topics and the fact that we have a dedicated conference area for the whole cruise. I can’t wait!” – Shauna Hicks, leading Unlock the Past presenter

This third Unlock the Past cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity and value for those from the northern hemisphere to combine a great cruise to the South Pacific with a truly international and wide ranging program.

Full information including costs and booking details can be found on the cruise pages of the Unlock the Past website: www.unlockthepast.com.au

Join us for 3rd Unlock the Past History & Genealogy Cruise
– you won’t be disappointed

Company Information

UNLOCK the PAST – Australian company Unlock the Past started as an innovative venture promoting history, genealogy and heritage in Australia and New Zealand. It is a collaborative venture involving a team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners throughout Australia, New Zealand and overseas.

CLEAN CRUISING – Clean Cruising is one of Australia’s largest and most innovative cruise agencies. Recognised as an ICCA Cruise Agency of the Year Finalist in 2010, the family owned operation takes pride in ensuring travellers get aboard the right cruise for them. Having a team of accredited consultants who are passionate about cruising makes this task even easier.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ancestry.com Inc. Reports Q2 2012 Financial Results

Q2 Total Revenue $119 Million, Up 18% Year-Over-Year
Raises Full-Year Revenue and Earnings Guidance
PROVO, Utah, July 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM), the world's largest online family history resource, reported today financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012.

"Ancestry.com delivered outstanding results in the second quarter, with all key metrics outperforming our expectations," said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer. "Highlights include surpassing the two million subscriber milestone; commencing the digitization and indexing of the 1940 U.S. census data, around which we have built a great package of features and tools; and a successful launch of our DNA offering, where the initial response has been terrific. We believe we are positioned for a great second half of 2012, both financially and through the continued investment and good progress we are making across our key product initiatives."

Ancestry.com Web Sites Highlights
  • Subscribers totaled approximately 2,005,000 as of June 30, 2012, a 20% increase over the end of the second quarter of 2011 and a 7% increase from the end of the first quarter of 2012.
  • Gross subscriber additions were 361,000 in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 322,000 in the second quarter of 2011 and 390,000 in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Monthly churn1 was 3.4% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to 4.6% in the second quarter of 2011 and 3.6% in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Subscriber acquisition cost2 in the second quarter of 2012 was $81.49, compared to $81.23 in the second quarter of 2011 and $88.11 in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Average monthly revenue per subscriber3 in the second quarter of 2012 was $18.84, compared to $18.88 in the second quarter of 2011 and $18.49 in the first quarter of 2012.
Second Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
  • Total revenue for the second quarter of 2012 was $119.1 million, an increase of 18% over $101.3 million in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Operating income for the second quarter of 2012 was $29.4 million, compared to $26.5 million in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Adjusted EBITDA4 for the second quarter of 2012 was $42.9 million, compared to $38.4 million in the second quarter of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA margin for the second quarter of 2012 was 36.0%, compared to 37.9% in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Net income was $20.0 million, or $0.44 per fully diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $16.6 million, or $0.33 per fully diluted share, in the second quarter of 2011.
  • Free cash flow5 totaled $16.3 million for the second quarter of 2012 compared to $27.1 million for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $69.6 million as of June 30, 2012.
Recent Business Highlights
  • The Company surpassed the 2 million subscriber milestone.
  • The Company launched AncestryDNA May 3, 2012 providing Ancestry subscribers the ability to genetically understand their ethnicity, find recent common ancestors, and communicate with genetic cousins.
  • The Company initiated the roll out of the 1940 US Census, processed 3.2 million images and over 130 million records.
  • The Company ended the quarter with approximately 10.4 billion records; new collections included:
    -- 1940 Census state index roll out of 11 states and as of today a total of 26 states
    -- Almost 13 million records of the UK National Probate Calendar —the only comprehensive English and Welsh probates (wills) collection
    -- Completed the publication of the entire 1911 England & Wales census, making more than 36 million records searchable
    -- 14 million UK Land Tax records
    -- Assembled the Titanic Anniversary Collection; bringing together archives from the US, UK, and Canada, including passenger lists, crew lists, gravestone inscriptions, and photographs for the first time
  • The Company continued making refinements and improvements to its "hinting" capability, which allowed subscribers persistent hinting across the site header and menu bar, and created a hints widget within specific content collections.
  • The Company allowed Google search engines to crawl the 1940 census driving natural searches and qualified traffic to the Ancestry site.
  • The Company continued development on its Facebook app by launching a beta version allowing subscribers to add living family members and Facebook photos to their Ancestry trees.
Business Outlook

The Company's financial and operating expectations for the third quarter and full year 2012 are as follows:

Third Quarter 2012
  • Revenue in the range of $122.0 to $125.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA excluding DNA investment6 of $49.3 to $51.8 million
  • DNA investment of $2.5 to $3 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $46.5 to $49.0 million
  • Ending subscribers in the range of 2,000,000 to 2,020,000
Full Year 2012
  • Revenue in the range of $473.0 to $480.0 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA excluding DNA investment6 of $181.5 to $186.5 million
  • DNA investment of $10 to $13 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $170.0 to $175.0 million
  • Ending subscribers of approximately 2,000,000 to 2,020,000
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/ under Events and Presentations. Participants can also access the conference call by dialing 719-325-2214 approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the call has ended and will be available through Wednesday, August 1, 2012. To access the replay, dial 719-457-0820 and enter the replay passcode 4191216. 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

The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow are useful measures of operating performance because they exclude items that the Company does not consider indicative of its core performance. In the case of adjusted EBITDA, net income is adjusted for such expenses as interest, income taxes, stock-based compensation and certain non-cash and non-recurring items. Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA the capitalization of content databases, 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 the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is contained in tabular form on the attached unaudited summary financial statements.

The Company uses adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as measures of operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of its business; to evaluate the effectiveness of its business strategies; to provide consistency and comparability with past financial performance; to facilitate a comparison of its results with those of other companies; and in communications with its board of directors concerning its financial performance. The Company also uses adjusted EBITDA and has 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 approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 38 million family trees containing approximately more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

The Ancestry.com, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=13617

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "appears," "may," "designed," "expect," "intend," "focus," "seek," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "predict," "potential," "should," "continue" or "work" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements include statements describing the Company's subscriber base, its reach, its activities to enhance subscribers' experience and deliver product innovations and enhancements, improved features and tools, its activities to develop and promote its products (including DNA services), its business outlook, its leadership position and its opportunities and prospects for growth, including growth in revenues, adjusted EBITDA and number of subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond the Company's control. In particular, such risks and uncertainties include the Company's continued ability to attract and retain subscribers; its continued ability to acquire content and make it available online; its ability to add tools and features and provide value to satisfy customer demand; difficulties encountered in integrating acquired businesses and retaining customers; the timing and amount of investments in the Company's DNA service; market conditions; the Company's common stock price; the availability of cash and credit; the adverse impact of competitive product announcements; NBC's failure to renew Who Do You Think You Are?; failure to achieve anticipated revenues and operating performance; changes in overall economic conditions; the loss of key employees; competitors' actions; pricing and gross margin pressures; inability to control costs and expenses; and significant litigation.

Information concerning additional factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012, and in discussions in other of our SEC filings.

These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. 
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1 Monthly churn is a measure representing the number of subscribers to the Ancestry.com Web sites that cancel in the quarter divided by the sum of beginning subscribers and gross subscriber additions during the quarter. To arrive at monthly churn, the results are divided by three. 

2 Subscriber acquisition cost is external marketing and advertising expense associated with the Ancestry.com Web sites, divided by gross subscriber additions to the Ancestry.com Web sites in the quarter. 

3 Average monthly revenue per subscriber is total subscription revenues earned in the quarter from subscriptions to the Ancestry.com Web sites divided by the average number of subscribers in the quarter, divided by three. The average number of subscribers for the quarter is calculated by taking the average of the beginning and ending number of subscribers for the quarter. 

4 Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income plus other expense, net; income tax expense; non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization, impairment of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense; and certain non-recurring (income) expenses. 

5 Free cash flow subtracts from adjusted EBITDA capitalization of content databases, purchases of capital and equipment and cash paid for income taxes and interest. 

6 Assumes mid-point of planned DNA investment

GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF GENEALOGY PROFESSIONALS: Seeking to Fill the Void Left by ExpertConnect

Ancestry.com's “ExpertConnect” program made it easy for genealogical consumers to find, compare and retain the services of professional researchers. The newly formed Global Alliance of Genealogy Professionals seeks to fill the void created when ExpertConnect was discontinued in 2011.

GAGP member researchers are screened and approved based on various criteria, but most critical is the requirement that the research provider actually live in the geographic area in which he or she offers research services. This guarantees that clients are not only getting the most qualified service provider – they are also getting the most cost efficient service. Expenses such as ordering records are eliminated. And, local researchers have full understanding of the records they review as well as the history behind them.

Specific services offered by GAGP members include family history research, home histories, document retrieval, DNA testing, translation services, heir searches, publication and preservation of family records, and sales of books and software geared toward genealogical subjects.

For more information visit the GAGP site [http://tiny.cc/GAGP] or email Don Challis at don_challis@yahoo.com.

Findmypast.com Launch Offers Big Bargain on Global Records to First Subscribers

“Pioneer Offer” Provides World Subscription at a 75 Percent Discount;
$4.95 per Month Instead of $20.83 per Month

LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2012 - Findmypast.com, a British-owned family history website, is marking its launch into the U.S. genealogy market on July 24 by offering its first customers a world subscription at a 75 percent discount – just $4.95 per month.

This introductory price point will give access to not just a wealth of US census and vital records but also a vast overseas collection. The latter includes almost 1,000 unique British, Irish and Australian record collections, some of which contain up to 30 million records in a single collection. Findmypast.com is offering a limited number of these introductory-rate subscriptions on a “first come, first served” basis.
“The genealogy community knows $4.95 per month for these records is a steal,” says Brian Speckart, marketing manager of North America for findmypast.com and brightsolid online publishing, its parent company. “We want those new to family history searching to understand the weight of this offer before it’s over.”

A 12-month World Subscription to findmypast.com will normally cost $20.83 per month or $249.95 year – but customers who are quick enough to secure the “Pioneer Offer” will get one for just $4.95 per month or $59.95 per year.

Findmypast.com is the new US addition to a global network of findmypast websites – it joins existing findmypast sites in the UK, Ireland and Australia. It has recruited a separate US team, based in a new office in Venice, California. It is also a participant in the 1940 US Census Community Project, which is currently indexing the 1940 US Census, for viewing on findmypast.com.

For more information on other subscription and payment options, visit findmypast.com.

About findmypast.com

Findmypast.com (owned by brightsolid) is the US site of findmypast, an International leader in online family history with over 18 million registered members worldwide. Findmypast connects people to core and unique US English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Australian and New Zealand records dating back as far as 1200.

About brightsolid

findmypast.com is owned by brightsolid online publishing, a British-owned world leader in online genealogy, with over 45 years’ experience in family history and a record of online innovation in the field of family history nearly two decades. With nearly 18 million registered users across its family of online genealogy brands, brightsolid hosts over a billion genealogical records from across the globe. The company reported a 75 percent growth in turnover and a 47 percent growth in gross profits in its most recent published accounts and was voted Best Genealogy Organization in the Online Gene Awards.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

British “David” Takes On Billion-Dollar U.S. “Goliath” For Share of U.S.’s Growing Online Genealogy Market

  • Findmypast.com launches into U.S. July 24; seeks to become go-to site for Americans of British and Irish ancestries
  • World’s second largest genealogy company takes on its biggest rival, with the help of 1,000 unique record collections and 75% annual growth

San Francisco, CA. July 24, 2012: Findmypast.com, a British-owned family history website, is launching into the growing U.S. genealogy market on July 24.

Findmypast is the flagship brand of brightsolid online publishing, a UK and world leader in online genealogy, with 18 million registered users across its family of sites, over a billion genealogical records dating back to 1200 – and a growth rate last year of 75%.

Yet, findmypast.com enters the U.S. market in the role of David facing Goliath in the shape of ancestry.com, the overwhelming market leader and the world’s largest genealogy company, with a market capitalization of a billion dollars.

“We’re not used to thinking of ourselves as small”, says Chris van der Kuyl, CEO of brightsolid, the world’s second largest genealogy company. “Our ambitions are big and the launch of findmypast.com is a major market entry. The truth is that it’s a growing market, with plenty of room for both of us.”

Global demand for genealogy products and services is, indeed, showing “promising growth”, found a market report published by Global Industry Analysts in January 2012. The market’s growth, it said, is being driven by the demand of over 84 million genealogists, each spending between U.S. $1,000 and US $18,000 a year on the pursuit. “The trend is expected to continue…”

A local contributor to this trend has been the release this year of the records from the 1940 U.S. Census, says Mark Mahaney, analyst and MD of Internet Research at Citigroup Investment Research. But the global, underlying reason is simply the Web. “Genealogy has been very much a niche market in the past because doing the research has been such hard work”, says Mahaney. “But the Internet has made it so much easier. You no longer have to travel to search out records. That’s been the big change.”

The launch of findmypast.com will offer U.S. customers access to not just a wealth of U.S. genealogical records but also a vast overseas collection. The latter includes almost 1,000 [980] unique British, Irish and Australian record collections, with some single collections containing up to 30 million records.

“This sort of added choice and competition has got to benefit U.S. consumers”, says van der Kuyl.

Findmypast.com is the new U.S. addition to a global network of findmypast websites – it joins existing findmypast sites in the UK, Ireland and Australia. It has recruited a separate U.S. team, based in a new office in Venice, California.

It is also a participant in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project, which is currently indexing the 1940 U.S. Census, for viewing on findmypast.com.

The launch of findmypast.com follows growing global demand for the records and functionality offered by findmypast’s other sites, says van der Kuyl: “Last year, we had 4.5 million visits to findmypast.co.uk from other countries, led by the U.S., while 55% of findmypast Ireland visits came from outside Ireland.”

Findmypast.com will enter the U.S. market, armed with the unique wealth of its British and Irish genealogical records, as well as its unrivalled ease of search technology and its more flexible payment options.

“We aim to become the go-to family history site, first for Americans of British and Irish descent, and eventually for all Americans”, says van der Kuyl.

Over 40 million Americans or 13% of the total US population report British ancestry, according to the American Community Survey of 2009, although other estimates put the figure as high as 72 million or nearly a quarter of all Americans. Meanwhile, some 40 million Americans report Irish ancestry.

Findmypast.com will offer customers the chance to buy a “World Subscription”, providing access to many unique record sets of particular value to those tracing British or Irish ancestors. These will include:
  • The most complete England, Wales and Scotland census collection available anywhere
  • The most comprehensive online index of birth, marriage and death records in England and Wales: over 300 million records
  • 42 million local parish records, dating back to 1538, and steadily growing
  • Passenger lists from ships leaving the UK 1890-1960
  • British Army Records 1760-1915
  • A fast-growing collection of local UK records dating back to 1700
  • Irish vital records dating back to the 13th century, plus millions of unique Irish land, estate, prison and court records
  • The British Library’s Newspaper Archives, the world’s greatest newspaper archive [available via findmypast.com by late 2012]
In addition to its unique records, brightsolid prides itself on the unrivalled ease and quality of its search technology and on offering more flexible payment options than its rivals. Findmypast.com will allow users to pay either by the subscription model offered by most US genealogy sites, or on a pay-as-you-go basis, which some users prefer.

The U.S. launch of findmypast.com follows the news reported by Bloomberg last month that ancestry.com is seeking buyers. At least one source has mooted brightsolid as a possible candidate.

“We’ll always look at the right opportunities to grow the business”, says van der Kuyl, “and are also currently negotiating various strategic partnership deals. We are not, however, planning to buy ancestry.com but focusing instead on the U.S. launch of findmypast.com.”

Monday, July 23, 2012

Global Alliance of Genealogy Professionals

We are recruiting professionals to join an Alliance of pros in many fields related to Genealogy Research and family history.

Get in touch and we can discuss your area of expertise and see how you will fit into the group. Look at the listings on the website to see if your area is covered. Those who are in first will get first pick of the States and countries where they reside *. If there is not a tab for your specialty, it can be easily added. The list is obviously not complete, since the website has only been active since July 8th. We are primarily APG members and former ExpertConnect experts. This is a replacement for ExpertConnect, keeping the good and replacing that which was not. The services offered are similar. There is no rating system and we are not taking a portion of your income from each contract since there is no escrow service. We are asking for $25 as yearly dues to cover our costs. We are emphasizing cooperation and collaboration so there is no bidding process. This does foster an attitude where working together and even partnering on projects is possible and encouraged and where referrals can be made when appropriate. There is arbitration where needed, but we emphasize communication with clients during the entire process, which will reduce or eliminate that need. We subscribe to the code of ethics of APG and expect all to abide by those principles. The Wiki has an excellent article on Hiring a professional Researcher.

We have a temporary website and there are listings on the FamilySearch Wiki, which is linked to this address. (Last year there were 306,076 unique visitors to the Wiki site) There are other opportunities for advertizing that we are pursuing at this time which will be announced when appropriate. This is a global effort and we are literally covering the globe with skills that will benefit those seeking our services. All the States will be covered, European countries, Canada, South America and others as they become available. We are not limiting geographic or language possibilities.

*Some States and countries have been divided into regions where there are multiple repositories. These States need representatives: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California (Southern and Sacramento), Florida, Idaho, Illinois (except Chicago), Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, & Wyoming

Come join an outstanding group of Professionals!

https://sites.google.com/site/globalallianceofpg/home/pros

Sunday, July 22, 2012

New Collections for Nevada and South Africa

FamilySearch added new searchable collections online this week for Nevada and South Africa plus additional free records for Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Korea, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Burial records for 7 cemeteries in the London Borough of Harrow now available

All burial records for the seven cemeteries managed by the London Borough of Harrow in West London have been added to www.deceasedonline.com.

The data comprises digital burial register scans, grave details and maps indicating the location of graves within each cemetery.

The seven cemeteries are
  • Eastcote Lane; over 4,700 burials, 1922 - 2012
  • Harrow; over 9,500 burials, 1888 - 2012
  • Harrow Weald; over 12,000 burials,1937 - 2012
  • Paines Lane; approximately 3,600 burials from 1860 - 2009 (note, records pre-1931 will be added within the next few weeks)
  • Pinner New; over 18,000 burials, 1932 - 2012
  • Roxeth Hill; nearly 700 burials, 1902 – 1977
  • Wealdstone; approximately 10,200 burials, 1902 - 2011
Harrow Council is the 8th London council to have its burial and/or cremation data included on Deceased Online.

See the database coverage section at www.deceasedonline.com for data details of all London and other UK areas.

Coming soon: data for 3 more London councils as well as 2 of London’s most celebrated independent cemeteries.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1881 and 1891 Scotland Census Indexes Added Millions More for Brazil, China, Ecuador, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Other Countries

Those with Scottish heritage benefited this week as two major index collections were added for Scotland—the 1881 and 1891 Censuses. Other free records were also published this week for Canada, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Italy, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, and the United States. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch 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 and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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