Ancestry Publishing was founded in 1983 with a focus on publishing genealogical book and magazine titles.
In 1997 Western Standard Publishing bought Ancestry, Inc. That same year, Paul B. Allen and Dan Taggert,founders of Infobases, purchased Western Standard’s interest in Ancestry, Inc.
In 2002 the company expanded to the U.K. and began creating indexes to the census schedules of Great Britain, beginning with the 1891 census.
In 2008 the company expanded to Canada. In 2009 Ancestry.com went public, trading on the NASDAQ.
In 2010 Ancestry.com began to sponsor the US television series, Who Do You Think You Are? In the series celebrities trace their ancestry. Ancestry.com provides the research for the series.
Today Ancestry.com has 2.5 million subscribers who can search a variety of documents, photographs, maps, and newspapers on its website. Ancestry.com relies on user-generated content and social networking activities to encourage collaboration between users. The company was taken private in 2012.
Ancestry.com has over 1,000 employees and had $400 million in revenue in 2011.