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Family history partnership created

New agreement provides patrons free access to Ancestry.com

SALT LAKE CITY

FamilySearch and The Generations Network Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com, announced Dec. 19 an agreement between the two companies that will provide free access of Ancestry.com to patrons of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the 13 largest regional family history centers.

With this new agreement, full access will be provided to more than 24,000 Ancestry.com databases and titles, including 5 billion names in family history records.

Ancestry.com's indexes and digital images of census, immigration, vital, military and other records, combined with the excellent resources of FamilySearch, will increase the likelihood of success for patrons researching their family history," said Don Anderson, director of FamilySearch Support.

The 13 regional family history centers licensed to receive access to Ancestry.com are: Mesa, Ariz.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Oakland, Calif.; Orange, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego, Calif.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Pocatello, Idaho; Las Vegas, Nev.; Logan, Utah; Ogden, Utah; St. George, Utah; and Hyde Park, London, England. The Generations Network and FamilySearch hope to expand access to other family history centers in the future.

Through Ancestry.com, FamilySearch patrons at the designated facilities will have access to the only complete online U.S. Federal Census collection, 1790-1930, as well as the world's largest online collection of U.S. ship passenger list records featuring more than 100 million names, 1820-1960, among other U.S. and international record collections.

Throughout the past year, Ancestry.com has added indexes to Scotland censuses from 1841-1901, created the largest online collection of military and African-American records, and reached more than 4 million user-submitted family trees.

Free access to the site is also available at BYU on its Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii campuses, and LDS Business College patrons through a separate agreement with The Generations Network. "We are happy that patrons to the Family History Library and these major regional centers will have access to Ancestry.com, said Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of The Generations Network Inc.

With 24,000 searchable databases and titles and more than 2.5 million active users, Ancestry.com is the most-used online resource for family history information.

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