Ancestry.com is the largest for-profit genealogy company. Its visibility turns people who are a little interested in their family history into people who start online trees or take a DNA test.
You might think you know all about the company’s twists and turns over the years, but do you really?
Find out in our 8-question Ancestry.com quiz! See answers at the bottom of the page.
Ancestry.com pop quiz
1. True or False: FamilySearch and Ancestry.com are part of the same organization.
2. Ancestry was founded:
a. in 1970, as a microfilming service.
b. in 1983, as a book publisher.
c. in 1990, as a genealogy research firm.
d. in 1996, as a genealogy website.
3. The year Ancestry first went online is
4. Which company or website has Ancestry.com never owned?
b. Heritage Makers
e. Find A Grave
f. BookCraft, Inc.
5. How many different official corporate names has Ancestry had?
6. When Ancestry was publicly traded on the NASDAQ from 2009 to 2012, its symbol was:
7. Which of the following countries does not have a dedicated Ancestry website?
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- False. The two are separate entities, though they have partnered on projects. Ancestry is a commercial business and FamilySearch is the nonprofit genealogy arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- b. Ancestry.com was founded in 1983, as a book publisher.
- a. Ancestry.com first went online in 1996.
- c. Though people sometimes confuse us with Ancestry, it has never owned Family Tree Magazine.
- d. Ancestry has been known by four different corporate names. One was used twice. See a timeline of Ancestry name changes here. https://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/genealogy-websites/ancestry/the-generations-network-becomes-ancestry-com/
- d. Ancestry’s NASDAQ symbol was ACOM.
- a. There’s no ancestry.ru.
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