A Brief History Of Ancestry And AncestryDNA

Ancestry has a complex corporate history. These are notes I’ve prepared while writing many articles on Ancestry’s DNA and genealogy services (Ancestry.com).

The middle column has links to detailed articles on this website. You’ll find references to third party sources and newspapers in our articles. The third column has external references.

1983Ancestry Inc founded by John Sittner, Robert Shaw, and W. Rex Sittner in UtahGarrett Thesis
Publishing genealogy books, magazines, and an “Ancestry Newsletter”
1990Infobases launched by Paul Allen and Dan Taggart in UtahDeseret News
Publishing U.S. census data and family history records on CD-ROM
1992John Sittner puts the Ancestry Inc genealogy databases onlineGarrett Thesis
1995John Sittner registers the Ancestry.com domain name
1997Infobases acquires Ancestry, Inc and the Ancestry.com website
1998MyFamily.com and FamilyHistory.com established as membership sites
2000RootsWeb acquired by Ancestry
2002Paul Allen leaves Ancestry
2002Ancestry partners with Relative Genetics to sell DNA kits (Y, mtDNA, and atDNA)
2002Ancestry stops selling DNA kits
2003 ?Gordon Atkinson leaves Ancestry to start Footnote (a military archive)
2003Ancestry acquires Genealogy.com which includes Family Tree Maker software
2004Call center opened in Provo, Utah
2007Free access from LDS History Centers terminated
2007Spectrum Equity acquires 30% of Ancestry.Com
2007Relative Genetics (DNA lab) acquired by Ancestry
2009Ancestry goes public on the NASDAQSEC
2010Footnote (with iArchives) acquired by Ancestry
2010Free access from LDS History Centers restored to Ancestry customers
2010Offices opened in San Francisco
2012Offices opened in Dublin, IrelandIrish Gov
2012GeneTree and Sorenson DNA database acquired by Ancestry
2012We’re Related LLC (founded by Paul Allen) acquired by Ancestry
2012Ancestry Acquires 1000Memories, a photo digitization service
2012Ancestry creates Newspapers.com as a separate archive
2012Permira acquires Ancestry
2012Ancestry launches autosomal DNA kits for U.S. residents
2013FindAGrave acquired by Ancestry
2013Ancestry shuts down the 1000Memories website
2014Ancestry discontinues Y and mtDNA testing
2014Public controversy over law enforcement access of Sorenson database
2015Ancestry shuts down the Sorenson database and website
2015AncestryHealth launchedPress Release
2016Ancestry sells Family Tree Maker to Software MacKiev
2016Ancestry launches “We’re Related” Mobile App
2016Equity in Ancestry.com is purchased by GIG (Singapore) and Silver Lake
2017Ancestry launches beta of Genetic Communities
2019Thrulines launched by Ancestry
2020Blackstone Group acquires Ancestry