As part of the relationship, NEHGS, the country's largest and oldest non-profit society and Ancestry.com, the largest online family history website, will offer joint access to some of most important family history information available anywhere. While details of the collaboration will be outlined in the weeks to come, it is planned to include special membership opportunities that combine Ancestry.com's repository of five billion names and 24,000 databases and titles and some of NEHGS' most significant genealogical publications and services.
"So much of America's family history lies in New England and colonial America," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of The Generations Network, Inc., parent company of Ancestry.com. "NEHGS, founded in 1845, has successfully captured the stories of those early American settlers and the generations that followed. We are pleased to partner with an organization so dedicated to helping families make connections with ancestors who cultivated America's founding."
D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS president and CEO, added, "In recent years, the addition of billions of family history records on the Web has driven incredible growth and change in the genealogy field. As a leader of online family history, Ancestry.com is helping to drive this advancement. We are thrilled to be working with such an important and innovative partner as Ancestry.com, and feel it represents a unique opportunity for genealogists everywhere to gain new insights and access to their family's heritage."
Today, millions of people around the world are engaged in family research as more information is made available on-line. This collaboration demonstrates the tremendously beneficial relationships and opportunities that can be created between non-profit genealogical societies and commercial organizations committed to making family history research easier and more important than ever before.