Global Genealogy Products and Services Industry

  • January 2012
  • -
  • Global Industry Analysts

The global outlook series on Genealogy Products and Services provides a collection of statistical anecdotes, market briefs, and concise summaries of research findings. The report offers an overview of the global genealogy products and services market, identifies emerging trends and growth drivers, traces the history of genealogy, provides a list of the most popular genealogy websites, and refers to all recent activity in the industry. Also included is an indexed, easy-to-refer, fact-finder directory listing the addresses, and contact details of 55 companies worldwide.

Table Of Contents





1. MARKET OVERVIEW 1
Introduction 1
Market at a Glance 1
Male Adoptees Turn to DNA Testing to Discover Surnames 2
Genetic Genealogy Testing Grows Generously 2

2. TRACING GENEALOGY 3
Genealogy 3
A Historic Account of Genealogy 3
The History of Genealogy Record Keeping 3

3. GENEALOGY RESEARCH 5
The Genealogist 5
The Process of Genealogy Research 5
Genealogy Research Spending 5
The Role of Genetic Analysis in Genealogy Research 6
The Contribution of Volunteers to Genealogy Research 6
Critical Genealogical Information 7
Family Name 7
Place Name 7
First Name 8
Dates 8
Occupations 8
Genealogy Research Products and Services 9
Publications 9
Public Records 10
Genealogy Software 10
Online Databases 11
Ancestry Library Edition by The Generations Network 12
Family Tree Connection by Genealogy Today 12
Footnote by Footnote.com 12
Heritage Quest by ProQuest 12
OneGreatFamily by OneGreatFamily.com 12
DNA Testing 12

4. 30 MOST POPULAR GENEALOGY WEBSITES 14

5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY 16
MyHeritage.com Acquires Bliscy.pl 16
Bloomsbury Acquires Backlist from The National Archives’
Publications 16
Federation of Genealogical Societies and iArchives Enter into
a Collaboration 16
Real-Time Collaboration and TreeSeek Forge API Partnership
with Geni 17
The National Institute for Genealogical Studies and The
Ontario Genealogical Society Enter into Partnership 17
Ancestry.com Acquires ProGenealogists 17
Ancestry.com to Purchase Genline.se 18
MyHeritage Acquires German Genealogy Portal OSN 18
Ancestry.com Forms Strategic Deal with National Geographic
Digital Media 18
Ancestry.com Inc. Acquires iArchives and Footnote.com.. 18
Ancestry.com Announces Affordable Access to Genetic DNA Testing 19
GeneTree and Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Announce Collaboration 19
Scotland Online Announces findmypast.com Acquisition 19
MyHeritage Completes Kindo Acquisition 19
Ancestry.com and FamilySearch Sign Agreement 20
Generations Network Enters into Partnership with JewishGen 20
23andMe Inks Agreement with Ancestry.com 21
Generations Network and Sorenson Genomics Announce Partnership 21
MyFamily.com Adopts New Corporate Name 21
Spectrum Equity Acquires Majority Stake in The Generations
Network 22
FindMyPast.com Takes Over PedigreeSoft.com 22
Sorenson Genomics Acquires Identigene Laboratory 22
Global Heritage Press Takes Over MacDonald Research Centre
Publications 23
Sorenson Genomics Merges GeneTree and IDENTIGENE 23
Pearl Street Software and MyHeritage.com Merge 23
Illumina and 23andMe Announce Partnership 23
New England Historic Genealogical Society Signs Agreement with
Ancestry.com 24
Ellis Island, World Vital Records, and FamilySearch Enter into
Partnership 24
Quintin Publications and WorldVital Records.com Sign Agreement 24
Generations Network and National Archives Ink Agreement 24
FamilySearch and WorldVitalRecords Sign Agreement 25
Sorenson Genomics Announces DNA Testing Laboratory Expansion 25

6. OTHER STRATEGIC CORPORATE DEVELOPMENTS 26
EBSCO Collaborates with ULAKBIM 26
Nova Development Inks Genealogy Software Agreement with
Ancestry.com 26
Stuart Prebble Launches storyvault.com 27
SMGF Implements New Genetic Genealogy Standard 27

7. PRODUCT AND SERVICE LAUNCHES 29
InoLife Unveils Ancestral Originsâ„¢ on Facebook 29
Mocavo.com Releases Genealogy Search Engine 29
Canadian Jewish Organizations Launch Heritage Network Website 29
Real-Time Collaboration Introduces AncestorSyncâ„¢ Solution 30
findmypast.ie Launches Family History Online Site 31
Ancestry.com Introduces Five New Collections of Early History
of African Americans 31
Lulu Software Introduces Gaia Family Tree 32
Gene Tree Introduces Family Tree Diagnostic Service and DNA
Makeover Genealogy Products 32
BackUpMyTree Launches Free Genealogy Software 33
Family Tree DNA Introduces Family Finder DNA Test 33
Open-AireTM Launches Open-AireTM Portable Oxygen Concentrator
Travel Rental Program 33
Ancestor Network Introduces Genetic Genealogy Service, in
Collaboration with EthnoAncestry 33
Alabama Genealogy Site Goes Live (US) 33
Ancestry.com Launches Family Tree Maker® for Mac’s New
Version of Family History Software 34
MyHeritage.com Introduces Family Tree Builder 5.0 35
SharingTime Introduces New FamilySearch Tools 35
Illumina Rolls Out New Personal Genome Sequencing Service 35
WorldVitalRecords.com Unveils Online Genealogy Database 35
Ancestry.com Launches Jewish Family History Records Collection 36
MyHeritage Introduces DNA Tests 36
Familybuilder Launches Familybuilder DNA 36
Geni.com Launches New Video Sharing and Virtual Scrapbook
Features 37
Generations Network Introduces Chinese Family History Website 37
Ancestry.com Unveils Family Tree Maker 2008 37
KwaZulu-Natal to Introduce Family Tree Project 38
Enteractive Releases Family Historian 3 in the US and Canada 38
Ancestry.com Introduces DNA Ancestry, an Online DNA Testing
Service 38
Ancestry.com Rolls Out AncestryPress 38
Ancestry.com Releases Australian Convict Records 39
Ancestry Magazine Announces Magazine Re-launch 39
Ancestry.com Revamps Site with Advanced Family Tree Building
Tools 39
Family Tree DNA Automates Sample Management with REMP and Tecan 40
The Generations Network Launches MyCanvas.com 40
Generations Network Launches Ancestry.it and Ancestry.fr 40
Sorenson Introduces Genetic-Genealogy Social Networking Website 41
thecreativeuniverse.org Introduces The Arthurian Genealogical
Exhibition 41
Famillion Launches Family Tree Merging Technology 41
MIH India Launches Online Networking Site, OneFamily 41
Ancestry.com Launches Online US Military History Collection 42
Ancestry.com Introduces US Historical Immigration Records
Collection 42

8. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS 43
DNAPrint Genomics, Inc. (USA) 43
Familybuilder (USA) 43
Family History Library - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints (USA) 43
Family Tree DNA (USA) 43
Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (USA) 44
Ancestry.com (Formerly known as Generations Network, Inc.) 44
Genealogy.com 45
MyFamily.com 45
RootsWeb.com 45
WorldVitalRecords (USA) 45


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