The following is an announcement from MyFamily.com:
PROVO, Utah, Sept. 21 -- MyFamily.com, Inc., the leading online network connecting families, present and past, announced today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Heritage Makers, L.L.C., a Springville, Utah, company that helps people discover, preserve, and celebrate their family heritage. Founded in 2004, Heritage Makers is a direct selling organization with more than 1,200 independent "Heritage Consultants" that markets custom published products through in-home presentations called "Heritage Celebrations." Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
MyFamily has named Chris Lee general manager of a new subsidiary that will build and develop this direct selling business, also to be called Heritage Makers. Lee most recently served as director of business development for MyFamily.
We are delighted to welcome Heritage Makers into the MyFamily network, as MyFamily's entire focus is to offer great products that connect and strengthen families. Heritage Makers' products are perfect complements to our existing products," Lee said. "MyFamily is looking forward to building a party-plan direct selling business side-by-side with all of the talented and enthusiastic Heritage Consultants."
According to Lee, the acquisition allows MyFamily to help its customer base take advantage of the growing popularity of digital photography and on-demand printing in preserving and sharing their family stories and memories. Heritage Makers markets products that enable customers to load, crop and size photos and create text for custom publications, called "storybooks," all on their home computers.
"MyFamily's extensive expertise in enabling people to discover their family stories will be a great benefit to Heritage Makers," said Doug Cloward, President of Heritage Makers. "MyFamily's web sites and software, such as Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker, help people discover and share their unique family stories. The strength of the Heritage Makers business lies in its rapidly growing team of dedicated Heritage Consultants. We are thrilled to be a part of the MyFamily network of products and services."
Sharon Murdoch, PhD, a co-founder of Heritage Makers, is a pioneer in the growing storybooking movement. "Heritage Makers has helped thousands of people discover, preserve, and celebrate their family heritage. As a part of MyFamily.com, we'll have the potential to help millions more."
For more information on Heritage Makers, visit http://www.heritagemakers.com.
About MyFamily.com, Inc.
MyFamily.com, Inc. is the leading online network connecting families, present and past. MyFamily's tools, content and community empower individuals to find the people most important to them -- and discover and share their unique family stories. The MyFamily network includes MyFamily.com, Ancestry.com, Genealogy.com, RootsWeb.com, Ancestry.co.uk, and Heritage Makers. MyFamily also publishes Family Tree Maker(R), the #1 selling family tree software, Ancestry Magazine and over 50 book titles and numerous databases on CD-ROM. For more information on MyFamily.com, Inc., visit http://www.myfamilyinc.com.