Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Ancestry launches Swedish website

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was released by the Ancestry.co.uk press room. All inquiries should be addressed to support@ancestry.com

The largest international network of family history websites, the Ancestry network, which has 10 million site users per month and websites in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy and France, today continued their march into Europe with the launch of their Swedish website, www.Ancestry.se .

Swedish family history enthusiasts can now become a part of the world’s leading online family community, joining Ancestry members who have already created over three million family trees containing 300 million names. On average, 60,000 family trees are created and 80,000 photographs uploaded onto the Ancestry global network every week.

Historical records available immediately include world-first online access to Swedish emigration records* dating from 1812 to 1950, containing 1.4 million names. These records complement Ancestry’s international collection of more than five billion historical records, which include those for many of the 1.5 million Swedes who emigrated to the U.S. and Canada in the 18th and 19th Centuries, and 3.3 million Swedish names which appear in the U.S. censuses. Today, more than five million Americans claim Swedish ancestry.

Also available are the Varmland** birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 1600s – Ancestry looks forward to working with other regional archives to host further Swedish collections in the future.

Ancestry Europe’s Managing Director Josh Hanna comments: “With Ancestry’s expertise hosting important historical collections and providing members with the means to build their own family trees, upload photos and stories and access and share information with our 10 million site users each month, we anticipate that Swedish family history enthusiasts will welcome the arrival of Ancestry.se.

"Although the National Archives, which partners with the Mormon Church, refused our request to digitise the church books of Sweden, we are very encouraged by the reception received from other commercial and government organisations. We are committed to working with archives and other partners as we invest in the Swedish site and hope that the National Archives will in time reconsider their approach.”

Through Ancestry’s world-leading Digitisation Programme, 24,000 international historical collections, many containing rarely seen fragile, original documents, have already been preserved through digitisation at no cost to the archives and then made available for many to see and enjoy.

Like its sister websites, Ancestry.se will offer online access to Swedish and international historical records, with site users able to accessrecords immediately through monthly or annual memberships, or using Pay Per View (see Notes to Editors below).

The latest easy-to-use tree-building software will also be available and free to all on Ancestry.se, making it possible for site users to explore their family history online, document it by building their own family trees and uploading photographs, and share it by connecting globally with other site users.

The internet has revolutionalised the family history sector internationally in recent years, making literally billions of records available online, easy to search and at a low cost.

Source: http://ancestry.co.uk.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=57

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