May 24, 1999, marked the 20 year anniversary of FamilySearch.org. Twenty years ago, global nonprofit FamilySearch launched an innovative new website, a free internet genealogy service. Two decades later, FamilySearch is a leader in the rising tide of popular ancestry-related services online. During that time, FamilySearch has expanded and evolved its free mix of online offerings, holding true to its purpose to provide economical access to the world’s genealogical records and create fun family history discoveries.
When I read about this announcement for the first time, I took a trip back to memory lane, to remember where I was twenty years ago, when they launched FamilySearch. In those days, the end of May 1999, I didn’t even know what was FamilySearch.
I was still living in Brazil and studying hard preparing to take the GMAT at the end of the year, hoping to be accepted to the MBA program at Brigham Young University (BYU). A little less than a year later I was at BYU, and now I actually work at FamilySearch. It is amazing what has been accomplished at FamilySearch in this short time, and how the general technology development of these last years has helped this effort!