Company Facts

Company Background

  • was founded in 1983 as Ancestry Publishing, a company focused on publishing genealogical books and magazine titles.
  • The initial site officially launched in 1996 and we now have localized websites directed in eight countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, France, and Sweden.
  • The Ancestry brand family encompasses AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Archives, Fold3, Family Tree Maker,, and Find A Grave. 
  • Headquartered in Provo, Utah, also has offices in San Francisco, California; Silver Spring, Maryland; Dublin, Ireland; London, England; Sydney, Australia; Munich, Germany; and Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The company’s management team is comprised of seasoned executives with prior experience at companies like, Ticketmaster, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, EBay, Novell, and Stub Hub. The CEO of Ancestry is Tim Sullivan.
  • Ancestry has more than 1,300 employees located around the world, with 1,000 employees in Utah; 175 employees in San Francisco, California and approximately 70 employees in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Ancestry is recognized as a best company to work for by Utah Business magazine and San Francisco Business Times
  • revenues have increased from $225 million in 2009 to $620 million in 2014.
  • The company is majority owned by Permira funds, along with certain minority co-investors.

Ancestry Facts

  • is the world’s largest online family history resource with more than 2 million subscribers across all its websites, including, and
  • More than 16 billion records have been added to the site over the past 19 years, and adds an average of 2 million records to its website each day.
  • members have created more than 70 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles and have uploaded and attached more than 300 million photographs, scanned documents and written stories to their trees.
  • subscribers have made more than 8 billion connections between their trees and other subscribers’ trees since the feature was added to the site in early 2008.

Worldwide Sites and Records

  • hosts the world’s largest online collection of family history records – currently more than 12 billion U.S. records.
  • hosts the UK’s largest online collection of family history records with more than 1 billion searchable records.
  • provides access to more than 2 billion searchable Australian and UK family history records.
  • provides access to more than 230 million searchable Canadian family history records.
  • provides access to more than 200 million German family history records.
  • provides access to more than 40 million French family history records.
  • provides access to more than 30 million Italian family history records.
  • provides access to more than 220 million Swedish family history records.
  • Ancestry users can access records dating back to the late 1300s. Product and Technology

  • AncestryDNAthe leader in DNA testing for family history, enables people to uncover their ethnic mix, discover distant relatives, and find new details about their unique family history. Launched in May 2012, the service has DNA samples from more than 1 million people. More than 4 million 3rd cousin and closer matches have been surfaced for customers.
  • The Ancestry Mobile app – iOS and Android - have been downloaded cumulatively more than 12 million times since inception (Jan 2011). The Ancestry mobile app is a 2013 APPY Award winner under the Reference category and an Official Honoree of the 2013 and 2014 Webby awards under the Education and Reference category.
  • currently manages about 10 petabytes of structured and unstructured data, including billions of records detailing births, marriages, deaths, military service, and immigration.
  • On average, more than 75 million searches are handled by servers daily.
  • has more than 30 patents or patents pending, with the majority focused around the technology used to digitize and index historical records and put them online.


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