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MEDIA ALERT: Ancestry.com Publishes First Images From the 1940 U.S. Census and Unveils Free Access to 1 Billion Records(April 02, 2012)
PROVO, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 04/02/12 --
Who: Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource
When: April 2, 2012, 1:30 AM EDT
Background: The release of 1940 Census marks the first time in 72 years this information has been made available to the public, unveiling a unique snapshot of the United States when the country was emerging from the Great Depression but not yet involved in World War II. For the nearly 90 percent of Americans who either have family members in the 1940 Census or are in it themselves, this valuable collection will provide essential information to help them expand on (or begin) their family history search.
At 12:00 AM today, Ancestry.com picked up the 1940 Census from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and immediately began processing the documents at the company's facility in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland. In less than two hours, at 1:22 AM ET, the initial group of images were made available at www.Ancestry.com/1940, making it the first place to get a glimpse of the invaluable collection. Images from Washington D.C., Delaware and Nevada are among the first available, with over 10,000 images, including those of many celebrities listed in the Census, already rolled live within the early morning hours and more than 100,000 expected by day's end.
Ancestry.com will quickly have all 3.8 million images online with a fully indexed 1940 Census available before the end of the year, allowing users to easily search and find information. The entire 1940 Census record collection will be free to access through the end of 2013. Ancestry.com will also be introducing innovative new viewing technology that will greatly help family history researchers discover new information in the 1940 Census. This new technology can be previewed in the 1930 Census, which is currently available for free on Ancestry.com or seen at www.ancestry.com/1940.
In recognition of this momentous event, Ancestry.com is providing free access to 1 billion hand-selected records from the 1940s. Anyone can use these records to find names, dates, births, marriages, military service and more about their families. Family history researchers can then use those details to locate their family in the 1940 Census. Access to the 1940s era records is free from April 2 through April 10.
Statement: "Ancestry.com has put every ounce of its resources into bringing the 1940 Census to life as quickly as possible. There is such great interest that we felt compelled to work through the night to serve these images as quickly as possible," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. "During the coming months as the 1940 Census information is indexed and provided to the public, amazing family discoveries and revelations will be made."
1940 CENSUS IMAGES (available at 1:30 AM EDT, April 2): www.ancestry.com/1940
Ancestry.com Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 8 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 33 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.
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