Monday, October 22, 2007

NEHGS and Ancestry.com Announce Partnership

NEHGS AND ANCESTRY.COM ANNOUNCE NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AS PART OF COLLABORATION

Two Genealogy Industry Leaders Offer Special Pricing and New Member Benefits

Boston, MA & Provo, UT– October 22, 2007 – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and Ancestry.com, part of The Generations Network, Inc., today announced the availability of special membership pricing that allows members of both organizations and those wishing to join to take advantage of some of the most important family history information available anywhere. Beginning Monday, October 22, special discounted pricing is open to NEHGS members, Ancestry.com members and those interested in joining both.

Those interested in signing up for NEHGS and an Ancestry.com U.S. Deluxe membership can now do so for the single price of $155.40, a combined savings of $75. This subscription provides annual memberships to both organizations and gives subscribers access to some of the most valuable and important genealogical research information anywhere. Current NEHGS members wishing to join Ancestry.com, or Ancestry.com members wishing to join NEHGS, can also do so for a special low price. In addition, as part of the agreement, Ancestry.com will publish on its site indexes of the leading NEHGS publication, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847-2002).

“We want this collaboration to give people an opportunity to engage in genealogy at a level that they maybe haven’t before,” said D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO. “Ancestry.com is an extraordinary online resource and we are thrilled to be working with them on this. We hope this provides the groundwork for future opportunities.”

Since 1845, NEHGS has been one of the leading genealogical resources in the country. And while NEHGS does have a rich collection relating to early colonial American history and genealogy, the organization also offers access to other regions throughout the country, including New York State. Members of NEHGS also have access to its staff of expert genealogists, which includes leading genealogists in American, English, Irish, Scottish and Canadian research. NEHGS also produces some of the most important publications in genealogy, including The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, published continuously since 1847, and the member magazine New England Ancestors. Other NEHGS collections include:

  • Mass Vital Records (1841-1910)
  • Early Mass vital records to 1850
  • New York Probate Records (1787-1835)
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register online (1847-2004)
  • More than 1,650 cemeteries and burial grounds transcriptions from all of the New England states, New York, and Eastern Canada
  • Town Records
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England (1620-1633), Volumes I-III
  • Early American Newspapers (1690-1876)
  • The Search for Missing Friends: Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in The Boston Pilot (1831-1920)
  • Special collections and manuscripts from the Archives of NEHGS
  • Premium Database - Early American Newspapers, (Series I) (1690-1876)
  • Premium Database - The 19th Century U.S. Newspapers database provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary source newspaper content from throughout the 19th century

With more than 5 billion names and 24,000 searchable databases and titles, Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online resource for family history information. Free services on Ancestry.com offer individuals the opportunity to create online family trees and share them with others. Members can upload photos, add stories to their tree – even record oral histories. The membership option available within the joint NEHGS and Ancestry.com package includes an Ancestry.com U.S. Deluxe subscription, which provides access to all U.S. historical records available on the site such as:

Trees
  • More than 3.8 million Ancestry.com family trees with more than 330 million names included
Census
  • The only complete online U.S. Federal Census Collection (1790-1930)
  • U.S. State and territorial census records including Iowa (1836-1925), Kansas (1855-1915), Minnesota (1849-1905), Wisconsin (1895 & 1905), Mississippi (1792-1866) and more
  • U.S. Indian Census Schedules (1885-1940)
Immigration
  • The most comprehensive online collection of U.S. passenger lists (1820-1960) from over 100 different U.S. ports including New York (Castle Garden and Ellis Island), Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco, among others Border crossings from Canada to the U.S. (1895-1956) and Border crossings from Mexico to the U.S. (1903-1957)
Military
  • The largest online compilation of U.S. Military records with more than 90 million names from the 1600s through Vietnam, including more than 24 million World War I draft registration cards
Vital Records
  • 20th century vital records from California, Texas, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and more
Newspapers
  • More than 16 million pages of U.S. historical newspapers from the 1700s through 2003
Maps and Photos
  • The largest online collection U.S. historical land ownership maps (1850-2000) encompassing nearly 50,000 from across the country Access to over 3.5 million mostly vintage photographs uploaded by Ancestry.com users

“This partnership allows members of both organizations the ability to search U.S. and New England records from one location – their home computer,” said Drew Izzo, Vice President of Marketing for Ancestry.com. “NEHGS offers its members the unique opportunity to closely examine their New England roots. With a U.S. Deluxe membership to Ancestry.com, members can expand their family history research into other parts of the country.”

Other aspects of the special collaboration include member discounts on select services and products. To learn more, visit NEHGS Web site at: http://www.NewEnglandAncestors.org/tgn_collaboration.asp or call 1-888-296-3447.

About NEHGS

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, has more than 20,000 members nationally, making it the oldest and largest non-profit genealogical organization in the country. The NEHGS library, located in Boston, includes more than 28 million items, such as manuscripts, letters, periodicals, books, documents, photographs, and other rare and valuable items. These collections provide genealogists of all levels and expertise immeasurable access to their own family histories and stories. The NEHGS staff includes some of the most respected and experienced genealogists in the country, specializing in American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Canadian research.

NEHGS also publishes several publications including The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Published since 1847, the Register is considered by many to be the leading source of early American research. Under the NEHGS and Newbury Street Press imprints, NEHGS also publishes a number of books on family and local history.

About Ancestry.com

With 24,000 searchable databases and titles and more than 800,000 paying subscribers, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. The site is home to the only complete online U.S. Federal Census collection, 1790-1930, as well as the world's largest online collection of U.S. ship passenger list records featuring more than 100 million names, 1820-1960. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com, Rootsweb.com, Genealogy.com and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 8.2 million unique visitors worldwide and over 429 million page views a month (© comScore Media Metrix, August 2007). For more information, visit www.ancestry.com.

Media Contacts

Tom Champoux, Marketing Director
New England Historic Genealogical Society
617-226-1211
tchampoux@nehgs.org

Mike Ward, Public Relations Director
Ancestry.com
Part of The Generations Network, Inc.
801-705-7099
mward@tgn.com

2 comments:

  1. So it looks like Ancestry will add the index for NEHGR to its databases, but won't link to the images (perhaps unless the Ancestry subscriber is also an NEHGS subscriber?).

    That's all? What benefit does the NEHGS subscriber get, besides a reduced price for Ancestry that they could usually get online anyway?

    I'm a member of both and paying full price for renewals. Oh well.

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  2. Thanks, Randy. Appreciate your comment. I don't know of any other benefit.

    -- The Insider

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