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Jun 21

Chris Burton was simply hoping to discover his ancestors' homelands when he took his AncestryDNA test. But when his test results came in, Chris, who was adopted at birth, learned he had a close family connection, possibly a first cousin. Would that link him to his birth family? Watch the whole story unfold as Chris sits down with Katie Couric on Katie! This is just one example of the... Read More »

Aug 2

Best family history websites 2012It's official! has been named one of the best family history websites of 2012. Thanks to our friends at Family Tree Magazine for their consideration. We're thrilled to be featured in the 2012 best websites list.

Most importantly, we're proud to be serving our members by bringing millions of new records to each month. We are also proud to serve the community by being involved in initiatives such as the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. Today we've even made 1940 census by-name indexes for Arkansas, Missouri, West Virginia, and Washington D.C available! To search 1940 census records for free visit Read More »

Oct 6

Today is the Day of Digital Archives, and we hope you'll celebrate with us! Digital archive repositories make historical records instantly accessible to people all over the world. A group of archivists at universities and other institutions across the U.S. declared today the inaugural Day of Digital Archives to raise awareness among managers and users of digital archives.

Digital Archives Day is a great time to celebrate the significant advances in digital research made over the past several decades. But it's also an occasion to highlight how much more there is to accomplish. Archives for example already has amassed a collection of over 1.5 billion records Read More »

Jun 8

Family Tree Magazine Best Family History was just named one of the best family history websites by Family Tree Magazine! This annual ranking includes both free and paid sites, highlighting the top online resources available to family historians. Family Tree Magazine points out's growing database of historical records, and its many useful features which help users to trace their family trees at an affordable price.

Family Tree Magazine is America's largest-circulation genealogy magazine, providing helpful resources to family historians with their how-to genealogy blogs, books, CD's, and free monthly podcast. The latest issue will hit newsstands June 28, but you can find the... Read More »

Sep 3

We've been pumped to see the phenomenal press coverage of our funding and new website launch over the past two days. TechCrunch, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others have covered the story. The Inflection team has been doing an amazing job - and it shows! If you haven't already, make sure to read: Inflection Raises $30 Million To Take On The Public Records Industry (TechCrunch)... Read More »

Jul 8

Archives Fox40Recently, Senior Product Manager Joe Godfrey was a guest on Fox40 News in Sacramento. He discussed family history and presented some interesting findings about host Ama Daetz's ancestors. Daetz was excited to learn about the tools on, and how folks can use them to build family trees online. Happy to uncover more about her great-grandparents she says, "I would have never thought to look in the census...Cool!" Watch... Read More »

Jun 11

NBC Daytime Yesterday, Archives Senior Product Manager Joe Godfrey was in a very special segment on NBC's Daytime program. Joe talked about family history research, and presented some interesting details about host Cynthia Edward's ancestors. Viewers also learned a little more about, and how we can help you to build your family tree. Though the segment was widely distributed across the US, if you missed it don't fret! Visit our... Read More »

May 20

Yesterday, ProGenealogists released a list of the 50 top genealogy websites based on figures from the first quarter of 2010. Archives was ranked alongside other top websites, solidifying a place as one of the most popular destinations for family history research online. Kory Meyerink, ProGenealogists VP, said "...for the past three years, we have been tracking the most visited sites. Simply put, if thousands of other family researchers found a... Read More »

May 7

Mother and baby This week, Archives was written up on the blog Mashup Mom. Author Rachel is a mom of two and features interesting products, deals, and giveaways on her site. About Archives she says: "...I liked their family tree builder tool, which allows you to add life events, pictures, and historical records. This lets you get a visual representation while also incorporating all the info you have available." And, "...Nice features... Read More »

Apr 28

Recently, Genea-Musings blogger Randy Seaver wrote an initial review of He browsed many of the most important areas of the site (non-member area exclusively), and wrote thoroughly about his findings. It was interesting for us to read his first impressions and perspective as a new user. We appreciate site feedback immensely, as this helps us to understand what we're doing right and what we need to improve on.... Read More »

Aug 27

A couple weeks ago, we had a conversation with popular blogger Diane Haddad of Genealogy Insider.  We wanted to give her a little more information about us and our plans for the future.  Our primary goal for the conversation was to get some feedback on the site from someone very familiar with the genealogical community.  Diane had some great thoughts for us. For example, she suggested adding an About Us... Read More »

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