We help unlock new understanding and meaningful connections.
A deeper understanding of your heritage and family history sheds light on who you are and can strengthen your identity and sense of belonging. That’s why Ancestry® combines billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees and samples from millions of people in the AncestryDNA® network to help you discover your unique place in history and gain meaningful insights that can impact your future.
When it comes to family history and consumer genomics, Ancestry® leads in resources and innovation. For more than 30 years, we’ve been using cutting-edge technologies to enable discoveries that enrich lives. Through ongoing innovation in DNA science, digitizing historical records and automating research, we help customers create a more complete family portrait that continually yields new discoveries as science and technology advances.
Over the past two decades, Ancestry® has invested over $300 million to build the world’s largest, most distinguished collection of family history records, and we’re continuing to invest in new content collections globally. We also remain committed to creating the best products and services in genomics by developing tools that help you make discoveries more easily and by using the latest science to help you gain valuable insights about your origins.
Our customers have trusted us with personal information for many decades—and we’re committed to helping ensure you feel just as secure today. Whether it’s your family history or your DNA data, we always strive to manage your personal information with integrity and respect. Visit our Privacy Center to learn more about how we protect your privacy and keep it at the core of what we do every day.
Ancestry Publishing is founded, publishing over 40 family history magazine titles and genealogy reference books.
As genealogists begin to use personal computers to organize their trees, family history software grows as publications move towards floppy disks.
Ancestry Publishing launches Ancestry.com paving the way for online family history.
Ancestry.com offers family history information on CD-ROM to help people grow their family trees.
Ancestry launches the first census images, and completes the 1930 census in 2003.
Ancestry reaches the one billion record milestone.
Ancestry.co.uk debuts, starting the company’s international expansion.
Australian, Canadian, and German sites are introduced.
New customer-centric collaboration innovations are added to the product, including the iconic shaky leaf hints and Ancestry Member Trees.
More sites are added for international customers, including French, Italian, Swedish, and Chinese.
Ancestry reaches the one million subscribers mark and debuts on the NASDAQ.
The first season of the U.S. series Who Do You Think You Are? launches. The show’s success leads to additional seasons and becomes the first of many new TV partnerships for the Ancestry brand.
Ancestry acquires ProGenealogists to bring premier family history research by the highest level of professional genealogists to its customers.
The first Ancestry app for iPad and iPhone is unveiled, reaching one million downloads within a few months and garnering numerous industry awards.
Ancestry hits the two million subscriber mark and is the first site to offer 134 million searchable images of the 1940 U.S. census.
New autosomal AncestryDNA is launched, testing the human genome at 700,000 markers to offer users insight into their ethnicity.
Ancestry announces an exclusive agreement with FamilySearch to digitize one billion records from its mountain vault.
Ancestry launches new features like LifeStory and Historical Insights that transform how customers discover and tell family stories.
Ancestry releases an exclusive collection of U.S. Wills and Probate records.
A new record-setting milestone—one million people tested via AncestryDNA—is achieved.
AncestryDNA has over 10 million people in its consumer DNA network, making it the largest in the world.
AncestryDNA reaches a new milestone with over 15 million people in its DNA network.
Ancestry® Debuts the World’s Largest Digital Archive of Searchable Online Obituaries and Death Announcements, Powered by Cutting-Edge Artificial Intelligence.
Ancestry lauches ThruLines™, which illustrates how you may be connected to your DNA matches through a common ancestor, and gives you a clear view of how you're likely related.
Ancestry reaches over 3.5 million subscribers and 27 billion records.
AncestryDNA reaches a new milestone with over 20 million people in its DNA network.
Ancestry hits over 30 billion records in its online database.
AncestryDNA expands to new global markets in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa making AncestryDNA available in more than 80 markets on five continents.
We're passionate about using technology to create experiences that enrich lives and connect families.