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  • janet reakes
    Sep 18, 2002
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      http://www.Ancestry.co.uk Debuts with United Kingdom Family History
      Records Online
      Containing Over 100 Million Names

      LONDON, Sep. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MyFamily.com Inc., the leading
      network for
      connecting families, today announced the launch of the 1891 census
      online.
      Beginning today, the first images of original 1891 census returns are
      available online at http://www.Ancestry.co.uk, a new website designed
      specifically
      for people interested in researching their ancestry and family history
      in the
      United Kingdom.
      In addition, MyFamily.com today announced the launch of an immense
      project
      to make available online, indexed, digitized images of census returns
      for
      England and Wales from 1841 through 1891. MyFamily.com has signed a
      license
      agreement with the Public Record Office (PRO) to publish these records
      online.
      The monumental task involves digitizing more than 7 million original
      census
      return images and indexing more than 130 million names.
      "MyFamily.com is the global leader in family history information.
      It is
      our mission to connect and strengthen families by helping people
      worldwide
      discover, preserve, and share their family histories," said
      MyFamily.com
      President and CEO, Tom Stockham. "We want to make it possible for
      everyone to
      access information on their ancestors, and gain insight into the
      social and
      economic conditions that shaped their families. Publishing the census
      returns
      for England and Wales is a big step toward realizing our goal."
      As a first step in this immense project, beginning 18 September
      2002, 1891
      census images and an index for the county of Oxfordshire will be
      available
      online at Ancestry.co.uk. Visitors will be able to browse through
      images of
      the original census returns and search an every-name index, containing
      information on more than 20,000 individuals living in Oxfordshire in
      1891. All
      of the 1891 Census returns for England and Wales will soon be
      available
      electronically to users in the UK and worldwide. MyFamily.com will
      publish
      additional images weekly, bringing millions of images to the site
      throughout
      the coming months. Upon completion, the collection will be fully
      indexed,
      searchable by name, county, and parish with search results linking
      directly to
      images.
      The census returns contain details of every person living in
      England and
      Wales at the time of each of the censuses. These records offer a
      wealth of
      information on individuals including occupation, place of birth,
      language
      spoken and whether they suffered from certain medical disabilities.
      The census
      returns for England and Wales were compiled using the same system of
      registration that was used for the registration of births, marriages
      and
      deaths. This means that there is a direct link between the two most
      important
      19th-century sources for family historians.
      "We welcome moves to put more of the UK's public records online to
      reach a
      wider audience worldwide," said Anne Kilminster, Head of Enterprises
      at the
      Public Record Office. "We wish MyFamily.com every success with this
      project."
      Beyond the unveiling of the 1891 census online, Ancestry.co.uk
      debuts with
      millions of names extracted from sources such as immigration, parish,
      birth,
      marriage and death records from throughout the region, making it among
      the
      largest online record collections for the UK. Additional record
      collections
      available at http://www.Ancestry.co.uk include:

      -- England and Wales Civil Registration Index -- A free database
      containing information on more than 30 million individuals.
      This
      database is the product of thousands of volunteers who are
      transcribing
      the indexes of the required registration of births, marriages,
      and
      deaths in England and Wales from 1837 through 1901.
      -- United Kingdom and Ireland Parish and Probate Records -- Over
      15 million baptism, marriage, probate, and burial names from
      historical
      parish registers in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland from
      1538
      through 1837.
      -- Pallot Marriage and Baptism Indexes -- An exclusive 4-million
      name
      collection identifies the Parish in which a marriage or baptism
      was
      celebrated, the names of the participants and the date of the
      event. An
      image of the original record is also available to view online.
      -- Irish Immigrants: New York Port Arrivals Index -- An index of
      more
      than 600,000 individuals catalogues the immigration of the
      Irish during
      the Potato Famine of 1846-51 through passenger lists and other
      immigration documents.

      Approximately half of the records are offered free to all site
      visitors.
      Unlimited access to the complete collection is available to
      subscribers for
      69.95 euro as an annual subscription or 29.95 euro as a quarterly
      subscription.
      To begin your journey to the past, type in
      http://www.Ancestry.co.uk.

      About MyFamily.com, Inc.
      MyFamily.com, Inc. is among the largest online subscription
      businesses,
      with over 800,000 paid subscriptions and more that 7.5 million people
      using
      its Web resources every month. A next-generation media company,
      MyFamily is
      focused on connecting families with their histories and one another.
      The
      company provides both free and paid subscription services through its
      network
      of Internet properties, which include: Ancestry.com, the number one
      source for
      tracing family history online; RootsWeb.com, the oldest and largest
      genealogy
      community online; MyFamily.com, the foremost provider of private
      family
      websites; and Ancestry.co.uk, a leading online source for family
      history
      records from the United Kingdom. The company also publishes Ancestry
      magazine,
      Genealogical Computing magazine, Ancestry Family Tree software, over
      50 book
      titles, and databases on CD-ROM.

      SOURCE MyFamily.com, Inc.





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