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Ancestry app surpasses 1 million downloads

Ancestry app 1 million

Ancestry.com on Tuesday announced that its mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch has received over one million downloads.

One-third of those one million downloads occurred in the last two months alone, and over half of the app users are new to Ancestry.com.

"We've been pleased with the early adoption of our iPhone and iPad apps and believe we are just getting started," Eric Shoup, senior vice president of product for Ancestry.com, said in a statement. "It's a natural extension of the Ancestry.com service and another way to help our members discover, preserve and share their family history."

Ancestry.com Inc., the world's largest online family history resource, has nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers, who have created more than 20 million family trees with over 2 billion profiles. In the past 14 years, more than 6 billion records have been added to the site.

The app allows those with an Ancestry.com account to access their tree, add family members, edit information, and record memories, such as a family reunion, on the go. They can also view shared trees, source citations, and records.

With the app, users can take a picture of relatives, heirlooms, gravesites, family events, or whetever else they want to document with their iPhone or iPad 2 and instantly upload the pictures to their family tree, making the app ideal for field research, collection, and documentation.

The Ancestry app is available for free at the iTunes App Store. To use the app, users either need to register for a new Ancestry.com account or log in to your existing account.

This article, written by Hilary Scott, originally appeared on PCMag.com and is republished on Gear Live with the permission of Ziff Davis, Inc.

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