Adds Millions of Historical Records and New Features to Meet Surging Interest in Family History

by Julie Hill

Posted on April 15, 2010

In response to Americans' growing interest in family history and genealogy,, which makes researching family history simple and affordable, has expanded its collection to include more than 1.2 billion historical records and has added a number of new features, including Free Internet Search.  Now a single search on can locate records from several popular online genealogy resources - for FREE., which launched in July 2009 in the heart of Silicon Valley, has invested millions of dollars developing a new technology platform that makes discovering your family history simple and affordable. The result is a service that provides not only a wealth of historical records and resources online, but does so at a fraction of the cost of other family history websites - up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor.

"We've seen a huge increase in people's interest in genealogy and family history, driven in part by NBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are' and PBS's Faces of America'," said Archives General Manager Joe Godfrey. "These two shows research the ancestors of famous actors and athletes, but it's not just the rich and famous who want to learn about their past. makes it simple and affordable for everyone to discover their roots and understand more about where they come from."

In addition to adding millions of historical records, features several enhanced tools to simplify family history research, including:

  • Free Internet Search: Powerful search tools scour the internet to find records at FamilySearch, Find A Grave, USGenWeb, and other free online genealogy resources.  Anyone can use this feature for free by visiting and running a search.
  • Expert Series: Professional genealogists share little-known tips and highlight valuable resources for how to research most effectively and unlock users family secrets.
  • Family Tree: Software that is simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for experts - enabling anyone to build a complete display of their family history.
Thousands of people join Archives every day, creating a lively community of family historians, casual hobbyists, and experienced genealogists. Membership is $39.95 for an entire year, and users can try it for free for seven days with no obligation.

About is a leading family history Web site that makes discovering family history simple and affordable. The company has assembled more than 1.1 billion historical records — birth, death, marriage, divorce, census, obituary, immigration, military and more — all in a single location, and makes them available at a price that's up to 80 percent less than the leading competitor. Archives also partners with other leading family history websites to provide integrated record collections, discounted memberships, official certificates and other special promotions — providing a comprehensive resource for researching your family history. is free to try for seven days, allowing anyone to explore the benefits of membership without risk or obligation. For more information and to start discovering your family history, please visit

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