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BookSurge and Ancestry.com Offer Hundreds of Thousands of Customized Surname History
Books on Amazon.com
–Our Name in History Series Chronicles the History of America’s Most Popular Surnames–
Charleston, S.C., and Provo, Utah – November 5, 2007 – BookSurge, part of the Amazon.com, Inc. group of companies (NASDAQ: AMZN) and leader in Print on Demand services, today announced an exclusive collaboration with Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, to make the Our Name in History series, comprised of more than a quarter of a million books, available on Amazon.com. The surname book collection was created using historical records dating from the 1600s to provide a blend of interesting facts, statistics and commentary about the history of the most common 279,000 last names in America. Now millions of Amazon.com customers can purchase a keepsake about either their own last name or that of their favorite actor, president or media mogul and have it printed on demand by BookSurge.
“The Our Name in History series leverages Ancestry.com’s unmatched historical data to chronologically trace a particular last name and tell its story through interesting facts placed in a historical context,” said David Symonds, general manager, BookSurge. “These unique books offer hard-to-find historical information on hundreds of thousands of common U.S. surnames and make a great holiday gift for friends and family.”
“This collection sets a new standard for customized books available on-demand,” said Scott Sorenson, Senior Director Commerce, Ancestry.com. “With BookSurge’s Print on Demand technology, it’s now economically possible for us to make this breadth of selection available to millions of Amazon.com customers. We are excited about this collaboration that allows more people access to these timeless, priceless books.”
The 279,000 last names represented in the Our Name in History series account for nearly 90 percent of all U.S. households, according to the 2002 U.S. White Pages. To create these books, Ancestry.com studied more than five billion names from U.S. Census data, as well as immigration, birth, marriage, death, military and other historical records to detail origin, definition, popularity and other facts unique to each name. For example, research on the Depp Name in History shows:
- In 1840, there were seven Depp families, with more living in Kentucky than in any other state.
- Today, more Depp families live in Pennsylvania and Kentucky than in any other state.
- From 1838 to 1887, most Depp immigrants came to the U.S. from Bavaria, Germany and France.
- More Depp immigrants came to the U.S. in 1853 than in any other year. The Tempest is the most common ship that Depp immigrants sailed on.
- During the Civil War (1861 – 1865) there were 21 Depp Union soldiers and seven Depp Confederate soldiers.
Amazon.com customers who purchase books from the Our Name in History collection can choose overnight shipping and receive their books the next business day. For more information or to purchase books from this collection, please visit http://www.amazon.com/ournameinhistory. For more information on BookSurge Print on Demand services, please go to http://www.booksurge.com/.
BookSurge, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., is a pioneer in Print on Demand services. BookSurge offers state-of-the-art Print on Demand services to the book publishing industry.
With 24,000 searchable databases and titles and more than 800,000 paying subscribers, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. The site is home to the only complete online U.S. Federal Census collection, 1790-1930, as well as the world’s largest online collection of U.S. ship passenger list records featuring more than 100 million names, 1820-1960. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including MyFamily.com, Rootsweb.com, Genealogy.com and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive 8.2 million unique visitors worldwide and over 429 million page views a month (© comScore Media Metrix, August 2007). For more information, visit http://www.ancestry.com/.
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