One Year Anniversary

by Julie Hill

Posted on July 14, 2010

Source: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Source: The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is one year old! The site was originally launched as July 2, 2009, and it's amazing to think how far we've come in this short period. Not only do we provide access to over 1.2 billion records, but we also have hit some truly amazing milestones.

  • surpassed 2 million unique monthly visitors in February 2010 (according to
  • Members have created or uploaded tens of thousands of family trees
  • 1.25 million user hours have been spent on
Our mission of simple and affordable family history research has clearly struck a chord, solidifying as one of the most visited family history websites in the U.S. The first year was full of a variety of 'firsts' and major accomplishments. Here some of the most notable:

  • July 2009 - launches with hundreds of millions of historical records - vital, immigration, military and more. Focus on making family history simple and affordable through a low price and more intuitive user interface.
  • August 2009 - Broadened our records collection with the addition of hundreds of millions of obituary and census index records
  • November 2009 - Ancestor Alerts feature allows users to specify ancestors they're most interested in and notifies them when new matches are found
  • January 2010 - Re-launch as to emphasize our broader range of records collections and historical resources. Price remains unchanged at only $39.95/year
  • March 2010 - launches simple yet powerful online family tree software tools, enabling members to upload an existing GEDCOM or start building a new tree
  • April 2010 - launches on-site record retrieval, enabling members to hire a court-runner to retrieve a court record
  • May 2010 - Archives partners with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to promote African American Heritage. Archives provides complimentary memberships to all 9,000 members of the National Genealogical Society.
The team is proud of the work we've accomplished, but we're just getting started. We have some exciting enhancements on the horizon, and in our second year we'll be committed to implementing a variety of new features and improvements as well as adding new content.

Cheers! Here's to's fantastic first year, and many more to come.

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