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We wanted to let you know that we have acquired 1000memories Inc. They are a San Francisco-based startup that, since their launch in 2010, has been focused on helping people capture and share their memories. They began as a memorials site and have, for the last year, been focused on helping people digitize and share the estimated 1.7 trillion paper photos stored in albums, attics, and shoeboxes.
We’ve admired these guys’ work from a distance for a while now and we’re really pleased to have them join the team. We are looking to leverage the smarts of the team and their technology assets to bolster our members’ ability to share their family history with others.
One of the pieces of technology they bring to Ancestry is their popular ShoeBox mobile app. Shoebox turns your mobile phone into a photo scanner, providing an easy way to digitize paper photos and share them online or on your mobile device.
Coincident with today’s announcement, 1000memories will launch a new version of ShoeBox for iOS, which will allow Ancestry.com members to post photos directly to their Ancestry trees. If you have an iPhone, I encourage you to go download the app and try it for yourself.
This is the first step in a broader plan to help Ancestry members more easily share their family’s history with their family, friends and internet-at-large.
For more details, see the official company announcement on our corporate website.