April 28, 2005

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Genealogy Database Reaches 200,000 Name Milestone

Genealogy Today ( announced that Family Tree Connection, a subscription service offering researchers access to unique family history information, has surpassed 200,000 names this month.

Launched in 2004, Family Tree Connection contains genealogical data from over 1,000 resources, capturing vital records and hard-to-find details of the lives of our ancestors. Every weekday four new items are added to the collection -- capturing approximately 7,500 new names each week. Subscribers (and non-subscribers as well) can efficiently filter these daily updates with a free service called Surname Tracker that sends an email whenever information matching your surnames is added.

In addition to the thousands of names added each week, the Family Tree Connection includes photos from the resources when the name of the individual is clearly indicated. The images are linked to the related database records and accessible to subscribers for downloading. Due to the nature of the items being transcribed, only about one percent of the names include a photo.

"The response to our database has been terrific," explained Illya D'Addezio, owner of Genealogy Today. "Being able to match up these remarkable tidbits of information with researchers seeking clues about their ancestors is really wonderful. Combining a subscription with a free Surname Tracker is like having a personal researcher constantly working for you."

The Family Tree Connection is a collection of data indexed from a variety of secondary sources including church records, cemetery transcriptions, high school and college yearbooks, club and society member lists, insurance company policy listings, employment records and much, much more. All of the information is carefully recorded along with the source, date, location and page number. Most of the records are from between the years 1830 and 1930, making the database an excellent supplement to U. S. Census research.

"While the Census is a great tool, it only captured data once every ten years," added Illya. "There is so much more that you can learn about your ancestors by tracking their activities between census years, and our database can help. Plus, we also capture photos of individuals in the items we transcribe, so subscribers can possibly SEE their ancestors."

An annual subscription offers unlimited access to the Family Tree Connection database, along with a 5% discount on all purchases in The Marketplace at Genealogy Today. The regular price for a one-year subscription is $29.95 with discounts for 24 and 36 month subscriptions. Visitors can investigate by using the free search to see if there are any possible matches before they subscribe.

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Genealogy Today has been serving genealogy enthusiasts since 1999 with its unique collection of databases and search tools, original articles from experienced genealogists, and directory of local genealogy. With more than 42,000 registered members, Genealogy Today helps connect researchers with common family lines through its free Team Roots program.

Based in New Providence, NJ, it develops and markets online resources that help researchers track and organize their family history projects. The Genealogy Today web site also provides a marketplace of family tree products and gifts.

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