Photo Release -- Ancestry.com Launches New Web Site Newspapers.com
Online Newspaper Web Site Offers a High-Quality Collection of Digitized and
Completely Searchable U.S. Newspapers Dating Back Centuries
PROVO, Utah, Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com Inc.
(Nasdaq:ACOM), the world's largest online family history resource, today
announced the launch of Newspapers.com, a powerful and affordable new web site
designed to offer a historically rich collection of more than 800 U.S.
newspapers dating from the late 1700s into the early 2000s.
Lindbergh Flies Over Atlantic
Ancestry.com Inc. launched
Newspapers.com, a powerful and
affordable new web site designed to
offer a historically rich collection of
more than 800 U.S. newspapers dating
from the late 1700s into the early
2000s. Interested users will find
centuries of amazing news articles and
photos when browsing hundreds of years
of breaking news headlines, searching
for information about an ancestor or
reading how the media addressed moments
in history like the day Charles A.
Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic.
A photo accompanying this release is available at
Comprising more than 25 million pages, Newspapers.com offers a trove of
historical and present-day newspapers ranging from the New York Times to
treasured small town and local newspapers throughout the United States.
Interested users will find centuries of amazing news articles and photos now
captured online when browsing hundreds of years of breaking news headlines,
searching for information about an ancestor or reading how the media addressed
moments in history like the day Charles A. Lindbergh flew over the Atlantic,
the opening of Disneyland or news from the fronts during World War I and World
"We're extremely excited about the launch of Newspapers.com because it offers
historical value for people of all ages and areas of interest," said Brian
Hansen, General Manager of Newspapers.com. "Searching newspapers is like
searching the Facebook footprint of the past. Not only can you find
information on births, marriages and deaths, but you can also get a glimpse
into what life was like during a specific era. We hope our users have fun
making their own discoveries in this great newspaper collection that will
continue to grow over time."
The search capabilities on Newspapers.com are specifically designed for
newspapers enabling users to easily search by keywords, location, time period
and newspaper name. From the 1784 Newport Mercury newspaper to a 2009 edition
of The Gettysburg Times, users may find old advertisements or job listings,
laugh at comics, retrieve family history clues or learn about famous events
through the eyes and words of the time period.
The user experience is also enhanced by an image viewer that serves up crisp,
high-quality images of the newspapers. Once discovered, newspaper images can
easily be clipped, saved and shared via social outlets such as Facebook,
Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
Within this growing newspaper collection are a myriad photos and stories that
provide unique perspective on history. Examples include:
*Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln's death is noted as "Our Great Loss" in
the April 16, 1865 edition of the New York Times
*Interesting People – The first baby picture of John Jacob Astor VI, whose
father perished on the Titanic, is posted among other photos including one
of Andrew Carnegie in the 1914 New York Times section labeled "Interesting
People Seen Through the Camera's Eye"
*Price Changes – See how costs have changed over time, for example the New
York Times cost one cent back in 1852, a paper that today costs $2.50 for
its weekday edition
*Marilyn Monroe – A Parade article featuring an exclusive interview with
Marilyn Monroe in 1952 talked about how the famous actress saw herself
*Man on the Moon – In 1969, the first U.S. astronaut on the moon as
highlighted in the Iowa Estherville Daily News
*St. Valentine's Day Massacre – The day after the 1929 St. Valentine's Day
massacre in Chicago, articles all across America followed the story
including The Daily Independent
In addition to the historical view this newspaper collection provides, it also
peers into the pop culture of American history. Learn about Lita Grey's
marriage to Charlie Chaplin on November 24, 1924 in the Ohio Zanesville Times
Signal. Skim vintage advertisements, such as those by Sears, offering
customers the opportunity to trade in old tires for a credit toward new ones
in a 1952 advertisement in the Arizona Sun Times. Read your favorite comic
strip from years ago, like Peanuts, Hi and Lois and even a 1947 Lil' Abner
comic strip where Daisy Mae laments not being a comic strip character.
Newspapers.com provides an affordable glimpse into the past with a yearly
subscription rate of $79.95 for subscribers and $39.95 for Ancestry.com or
Fold3.com members. Newspapers.com also offers a 7-day free trial that can be
activated at www.newspapers.com.
Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history
resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11
billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry
users have created more than 41 million family trees containing more than 4
billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers
several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve
and share their family history.
The Ancestry.com, Inc. logo is available at
The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
anticipated by these forward-looking statements.Such forward-looking
statements include the benefits we expect subscribers to obtain from the
Newspapers.com collection and our ability to grow the collection. Risks and
uncertainties include our inability to attract subscribers; our ability to
satisfy customer's expectations as to the content of the collection, now and
in the future; and our ability to make the products and services easy to use.
Information concerning additional factors that could cause results to differ
materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained
under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the
quarter ended September 30, 2012, and in discussions in other of our SEC
filings. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as
representing our views as of any subsequent date and we assume no obligation
to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason,
whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
CONTACT: Heather Erickson
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