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January 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

FamilyLink Application on Facebook Becomes Fifth Most Popular Application

Connecting with family outpaces playing poker, writing bumper stickers, or posting videos

PROVO, UT, January 6, 2009 — We’re Related, a service developed by, Inc. to connect Facebook users to other family members, just became the fifth most popular application on Facebook Platform. The We’re Related application surpassed Texas HoldEm Poker, Bumper Sticker, and Video by Facebook as well as more than 52,000 other Facebook applications in terms of active monthly users. “We are thrilled with the momentum of We’re Related and are looking forward to future growth and the new functionality we will offer our loyal users,” said Paul Allen, CEO,, Inc. “As the number of We’re Related users increases, so does the number of connections people are making to their families.”We’re Related was launched in October 2007 and is currently the most popular Facebook application for families with more than 16.5 million users., Inc. also recently became one of the Top 500 Web companies in the world, based on Quantcast statistics.

“I’m just excited to see that families really want to connect with each other on the Internet. Our next goal is to grow to 50 million users by the end of this year to help even more individuals stay connected to their loved ones,” said Jason McGowan, VP Product,, Inc.

Connecting families is also important to the top three family sites on the Internet, which include,, and In addition to the 5.8 million monthly visitors using We’re Related on Facebook, these three websites attract an additional 2.6 million monthly visitors who connect with their families online, according to statistics published by Quantcast, a service that measures online audiences.

Those who use the We’re Related application also share their excitement through online comments and reviews:

“It’s good to get all of my family in one place. I’m slowly adding people who I didn’t even no I was related to and finding people that I haven’t seen or heard from in years. We even found a cousin we had never spoken to,” said Neka Towers. “So far so good! It’s great to connect with relatives I don’t get to see more often!” said Kathie Smith, a Facebook user from Massachusetts.

“Awesome app…Makes keeping up with the fam easier,” said Junius Simon from Texas.

“Just joined and it has helped me find family I never knew existed. 5 stars!” said Tom Davies, new user on We’re Related.

“This application is amazing… I love being able to show who I am related to. Keep up the excellent work,” said Willow Bigelow from Colorado.We’re Related was created to help individuals stay in touch with their families through photo sharing, a news feed, birthday reminders, etc. Individuals can also build their family tree using We’re Related. For example, more than 100 million relationships (of living people) have been defined on We’re Related. The most common relationship, by far, is cousin. This relationship is often defined in We’re Related using the terms cuz, first cousin, or my cousin.

We’re Related is a free application on Facebook. It can be downloaded through Facebook at:


Posted by Staff on 1/10/09 at 5:33 pm EST

President-Elect Barack Obama Inherited Speaking Skills?

Popular Turn-of-the-Century Census Now Free Online

7 January 2009

Salt Lake City, Utah — FamilySearch International continues to feed the growing appetite of family historians and researchers worldwide with the release of its free 1900 U.S. Census online. The free collection allows users to search the entire population of the U.S. in 1900—over 76 million people—and view high quality images of the original census at (Go to, then click Search Records, then click Record Search pilot).

Using the online census, President-Elect Barack Obama would learn that public speaking skills and stage presence run in his family—his maternal great-great-grandfather, Charles Payne, was noted as an auctioneer by profession in the census. With just a few keystrokes, he'd find that Charles and his wife Della were born respectively in Missouri and Ohio and living with their six children in Johnson County, Kansas, in 1900. Obama's great-grandfather, Rolla, was listed as their second child.

Famous inspirational writer and lecturer, Dale Carnegie (1888 to 1955), can be found as a mere 10-year-old farm boy in Nodaway County, Missouri. Researchers might notice that Mr. Carnegie's family name was spelled Carnagey in the census. He would later change the spelling of his last name, perhaps to capitalize off of the popularity of tycoon Andrew Carnegie (no relation).

"The 1900 U.S. Census is such a significant collection for several reasons," said Paul Nauta, public affairs manager for FamilySearch. "The 1890 U.S. Census was mostly destroyed in a fire. The 1900 census included information not captured from other censuses—like the exact month and year of birth of every person enumerated, years married, the number of children born to the mother, how many were still living, and how long an immigrant had been in the country along with their naturalization status," added Nauta.

Researchers can also explore when and where a person was born, as well as the place of birth of that person's parents. Such information is particularly helpful in trying to determine or document ethnic origins.

The 1900 U.S. Census is also a very important collection for Native Americans because it was the first to include separate Indian Population Schedule sheets for a county. Native Americans living in the general population were enumerated there. The 1900 census included the individual's Indian and English name, tribal affiliation for the individual and his or her parents, percent of Indian blood in the individual and the parents, education, and land allotment information.

FamilySearch manages the largest collection of genealogical records worldwide. In 2007 it announced plans to begin digitizing and indexing its collection for broader, more economic online access—starting with popular collections like the U.S., Canada, and U.K. censuses. FamilySearch has created free online indexes to date for the 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 U.S. Censuses. FamilySearch is working with The Generations Network to provide enhanced, free indexes for the remaining U.S. censuses.


Posted by Staff on 1/10/09 at 4:16 pm EST

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