Acquires Professional Genealogy Firm, ProGenealogists, Inc.

I’ll admit to being surprised by the press release this morning announcing the acquisition of ProGenealogists, Inc. by However, it makes a lot of business sense.

ProGenealogists has been known for doing a lot of the research for the popular NBC program, Who Do You Think You Are? They are also a company whose financial balance sheet has been long envied for typically being in the black. Thanks to a crew of excellent genealogists, deft management, access to the Family History Library, a great website, and billing that resembles that of a law office, the company has a lot to offer to the larger and more cash-flush

Following is the news release received from Heather Erickson at

PROVO, UTAH (August 6, 2010) – Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) announced today progenealogists-logo-200pwthat it has acquired leading professional genealogy research firm, ProGenealogists, Inc.

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, ProGenealogists specializes in genealogical, forensic and family history research. During its 10-year history, the firm has become a trusted name in professional genealogy, finding great success with client research and expanding both its domestic and international capabilities. As a part of, ProGenealogists will continue to provide premier family history research to its existing clients while extending the reach across the genealogy value chain.

“We are delighted to welcome ProGenealogists into the network,” said David Rinn, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for “With this acquisition can better serve subscribers who are seeking dedicated, personal support in their family history research. As a natural service extension for, we expect the addition of ProGenealogists will also enhance and expand the professional research offerings currently available through Expert Connect.” is definitely in a class by itself in the genealogy industry,” said Natalie Cottrill, CEO of ProGenealogists, Inc. “We are excited to become part of the family and look forward to finding new ways to help more people interested in learning about their roots.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. does not expect the acquisition to have a material impact on its financial guidance as issued in connection with its second quarter earnings release on July 29, 2010.

ProGenealogists and have worked together on several initiatives over the past few years including driving the research for the NBC television program, “Who Do You Think You Are?” which traced the family histories of celebrities including Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, Matthew Broderick and Spike Lee. will continue leveraging the expertise at ProGenealogists for similar initiatives in the future.

About Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than one million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 18 million family trees containing over 1.8 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at

About ProGenealogists, Inc.
ProGenealogists, Inc. is a consortium of professional genealogists who specialize in genealogical, forensic, and family history research. The firm services thousands of professional, government, media, and individual clients worldwide. In addition, the firm has published numerous articles and research tools on their award winning website,

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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