Millisecond Publishing Company has been mentioned in this newsletter several times. The company produces the Family Forest CD-ROM disks with data that shows how many famous and not-so-famous people are related. Now the company is getting into the travel business, although with a genealogy-related twist.
The following is an announcement from Millisecond Publishing Company:
Kamuela, HI - June 18, 2004 -- Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc., creators of the “Family Forest Project” and Ancestral Marketing Partners, announce the launch of the Ancestral Travel Network’s genealogy-related travel promotion website at http://ancestraltravel.net.
The website links a growing number of primarily Europe-based genealogy research, travel and tourism resources. All seek to provide professional services to those planning journeys to visit their ancestral homelands in a quest to learn more about their European "roots".
"With a record number of Americans on their way to visit Europe, and more now obtaining their passports, it is a great time to launch our unique travel promotion service," says Thomas Nocera, manager of the website on behalf of Ancestral Marketing Partners and Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc.
Ancestral Travel Network is the world’s most complete online resource for the niche travel market known as ancestral travel.
The website is designed to provide useful information to both travel agents and ancestral travelers heading to Europe. They go to gather first-hand genealogical information to add to their family tree, or to meet with distant cousins, or attend a family reunion - while all the time learning more about the unique culture of their ancestral homelands.
Ancestral Travel Network's website is free of charge. “We want everyone in the travel industry, as well as the countless millions of Americans who are "genealogy buffs," to know about what we are doing to encourage ancestral travel. Our market includes travel agents, all European travel destinations, both inbound and outbound tour operators, and most importantly, ancestral travelers,” added Nocera.
The Ancestral Travel Network's “Partners” page is expanding. "We foresee the need for specialized ancestral travel service providers in all countries of the world. The demand will grow because the need for ancestral knowledge is a very powerful motivator," says Nocera.
But, for now the Ancestral Travel Network is focusing on promoting travel to the countries of Europe - specifically the 33 nations represented by the European Travel Commission. "About 80% of Americans can trace their ancestry back to Europe. Most will be surprised to discover they have more than just one "ancestral homeland", said Bruce Harrison, President of Millisecond Publishing and the visionary behind the acclaimed Family Forest Project.
“People are amazed at how useful the Family Forest is in identifying ancestral homelands both in North America, particularly the original colonies, and throughout Europe. Our upcoming release is able to trace lineages to specific places at specific times going back all the way to Adam and Eve,” Harrison said. “I know it may sound incredible, but it is true.”
Travel industry professionals may not know about the boom in popularity of genealogy which was a result of the Internet. (Genealogy ranked as the second most popular pastime in the USA - second only to gardening according to one survey).
Travel agents, until now, are also unaware that the Family Forest Project is the world’s most interconnected, fully-sourced family history database that can be an exceptionally useful sales tool. "A CD ROM from the Family Forest can help savvy travel agents make valuable recommendations of areas to visit based on the deep family history information it contains," says Nocera.
From a quick search in the Family Forest, a travel agent can make suggestions based on the known locations where a customer’s ancestors are known to have lived. It gives the sources of published information that may indicate more about the timeframe one's ancestors are known to have lived there.
"Providing customers some useful family history information from the Family Forest, and using it to help them plan ancestral travel trips, along with the resources listed on the Ancestral Travel Network, cannot help but attract new business and/or add new destinations to travel itineraries. We are extremely excited about the future of what we are announcing to the world today,” said Nocera.
Family Forest, is registered trademark of Millisecond Publishing Company, Inc., and has been on the World Wide Web since 1996 at www.familyforest.com