Thursday, September 16, 2010

FamilyLink & Historic Map Works partnership

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilyLink. Please address all inquiries to

FamilyLink Prepares to Unleash the Worlds Largest Historical Map Collection Historic Map Works chooses to partner with top family social network, FamilyLink.

PROVO, Utah-- FamilyLink (, the #1 family social network with more than 70 million users and 3.6 billion genealogy names, will soon provide access to the world’s leading historical map collection through its recent partnership with Historic Map Works. In addition to having the largest newspaper, tombstone, and one of the largest family history collections, FamilyLink will add more than 1.3 million maps and 1 million names to its growing collections.

    “We own the world's largest collection of historic cadastral, land ownership maps and we wanted to partner with Family Link, the undisputed leader in family social networking,” said Charles Carpenter, Sr., Owner, Historic Map Works. “The historic maps contain several hundred million family names attached to residences and businesses. Nearly every FamilyLink user will be able to find the homes and properties for many generations of their ancestor as the historic maps contain several hundred million family names attached to residences and businesses.”

The exclusive partnership with Historic Map Works will allow users to explore more than 2 million images that span several hundred years of American urban and rural development. Another feature of the collection is the ability for users to overlay old maps on top of current maps (or Google maps) to see exactly where their ancestors lived. Historic Map Works’ users have already found success with these maps.

One Historic Map Works user exclaimed, “I have been searching for twenty-five years for this photo and you had it! It's a miracle!” Another user said, “In my 20 years of genealogical research, Historic Map Works has the best in geographical reproductions.”

FamilyLink users will be able to trace the histories of their homes, farms, suburbs, cities, and businesses using modern street addresses, GPS coordinates or town names. Much of the content is available exclusively in Historic Map Works proprietary geographic browser, Historic Earth®.

The family history collection at FamilyLink has recently grown from 1.3 billion names to 3.6 billion names with a goal to reach 5 billion by the end of the year.

“We are serious about providing users with the best experience they can possible have with finding their ancestors, which is why we have partnered with 45 content providers in 35 countries to deliver billions of names in more than 20,000 databases,” Allen said.

For more information about FamilyLink or to become a member and to access the 3.6 billion genealogy names, visit

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About FamilyLink

FamilyLink helps people find and connect with their living relatives and discover their family history. Millions of people have built family trees on our Facebook application and on FamilyLink is a top 500 website with more than 6 million monthly users. We have had the top family application on Facebook since 2007 and will soon introduce family apps for mobile devices. FamilyLink Plus members can search billion of names to find relatives and ancestors in newspapers, yearbooks, photographs, census indexes, and other historical records.

About Historic Map Works

Based in Westbrook Maine, Historic Map Works, LLC is an Internet company formed to create a historic digital map database of North America and the world. Drawing on the largest physical collection of American property atlases of its type, Historic Map Works aims to be the single best online destination for map enthusiasts and researchers alike.

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