Press Release: The Generations Network Becomes

The Generations Network, the world’s leading online family history resource, today announced that it is changing its name to effective immediately.

“Our company has a long and fascinating history, and we’ve been through several name changes over the years. But we started with, and it now feels completely natural to let our company once again share the brand with our flagship product,” said

Tim Sullivan, CEO, “We’re proud that has developed as the defining online brand associated with family history. Alongside, we will continue to support our other brands, including Family Tree Maker,, MyCanvas, Rootsweb,, and of course, our international Ancestry sites.”

  • is the world’s leading online family history resource, with more than 4 billion records, proprietary search technologies and an engaged community of 950,000 subscribers and more than 3.5 million active members.
  • boasts the only completely indexed online U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790-1930), the most comprehensive online compilation of U.S. ship passenger lists (1820-1960), the largest online collection of African American historical documents and the most comprehensive online collection of U.S. military records, among others.

Global Ancestry Sites

  • Beyond the United States, the Ancestry global network includes local country sites for the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Australia, Italy, France and Sweden.
  • In August 2008, Ancestry launched a dedicated Chinese family history Web site,

Complementary Product Lines

  • DNA now extends the Ancestry service into the field of genetic genealogy.
  • MyCanvas, a digital publishing platform integrated into, now gives every family the ability to create completely unique, professionally printed family history books.
  • Family Tree Maker(R) 2009, the No. 1-selling family history software package, is now available online and in major retail stores throughout North America and Europe.
  • The redesigned site now has new features, providing families everywhere a safe, private, and free family home on the Web.

The Generations Network operates through two companies; Generations Holding, Inc., which is changing its name to Inc. and The Generations Network, Inc., which is changing its name to Operations Inc. The company will refer to itself as

For more information, or to build your family tree and discover your family history, visit

About is the world’s leading resource for online family history and has digitized and put online over 4 billion records over the past twelve years. Ancestry users have created over ten million family trees containing over one billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, and more than 8 million unique visitors spent more than 4 million hours on an Ancestry Web site in April 2009 (comScore Media Metrix, Worldwide). For more information on and its other family history resources, visit

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