We’re a science and technology company with a very human mission.

Bringing together science and self-discovery, Ancestry helps everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them. Our sophisticated engineering and technology harnesses family history and consumer genetics, combining billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees, and more than two million DNA samples to provide people with deeply meaningful insights about who they are and where they come from.
We’ve pioneered and defined this category, developing new innovations and technologies that have reinvented how people make family history discoveries. And these discoveries can give everyone a greater sense of identity, relatedness, and their place in the world.

Follow the many chapters of our story.

1983

Ancestry Publishing is founded, publishing over 40 family history magazine titles and genealogy reference books.

1990

As genealogists begin to use personal computers to organize their trees, family history software grows as publications move towards floppy disks.

1996

Ancestry Publishing launches Ancestry.com paving the way for online family history.

1997

Ancestry.com offers family history information on CD-ROM to help people grow their family trees.

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