acquires 1000memories

  • By Rudy Adler
  • October 3, 2012
Ancestry Acquires 1000memories

We’re pleased to announce that 1000memories has been acquired by

We’ve had the privilege of getting to know the team at over the past two years and are excited to join forces and expand the reach of 1000memories and ShoeBox to’s millions of users. Today’s announcement is the result of the respect and mission shared by our two companies.

Our companies are tackling the same problem—helping our users to preserve and share their family history—in different ways. Ancestry is helping people preserve family records lost in the world. We are helping them preserve the family records lost in their closets. We believe we are stronger together.

Looking Back

We’ve come a long way since the first days of 1000memories, holed up at the lovely Four Points Sheraton—by the airport. With high aspirations, we left comfortable jobs in cities we loved to build software that would make people’s lives better.

The idea for 1000memories was born out of our personal frustration with not being able to tell stories of people’s lives—the people most important to us. The first version of our site was an experiment in collaborative storytelling and a reinvention of traditional memorials. Over time we saw that your best stories were coming from old photos–the best ones hiding in the back of your closet–and launched ShoeBox to help you preserve and share those photos in an shareable space.

We feel extremely grateful to our users—especially those who lent us their time and offered suggestions for improving our service—as well as advisors like Greylock, SV Angel, Lowercase, Elad Gil, Craig Sherman, and many others who bent their ears and gave us advice.

Moving Forward

We're happy to say that our Shoebox mobile apps have a new home at We recently launched a new and improved version for iPhone and Android that will continue to be free, and it's now integrated with so you can upload directly to your family trees. For users, we've also launched a beautiful new way to tell your ancestors’ life stories.

Unfortunately, we shut down the website in late 2013. However, if you created a memorial page, an archived version of your loved ones' memory page will remain up on We have emailed you links separately, so check your inbox.

We can’t thank you enough for your support and input over the last several years. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Team 1000memories
(Rudy, Brett, Mike, Bruno, Peter, Jordan)

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