BackupMyTree was founded in 2010 by two genealogy industry veterans, Cliff Shaw and Ryan Spohn. Seeing a serious need for better ways to protect family tree files, Cliff and Ryan have set out to create BackupMyTree as the gold standard in backup services for genealogists.
As a team, Cliff and Ryan have developed some of the most widely-used genealogy services and products over the years. They are proud to see that each one of their creations is still in existence and remains completely free.
Cliff is an entrepreneur who has founded a number of companies in the past 13 years, both in and out of genealogy. At the age of 18, he started GenForum and quickly grew it into the largest family history community on the Internet. GenForum was a top 200 site with more than 75 million monthly page views. GenForum was sold to the Learning Company in 1998 (now Ancestry.com). The site remains a popular destination and kept its promise to remain completely free. In 2000, Cliff founded GenCircles, a user-contributed family tree site that introduced SmartMatching, the first technology that automatically linked users’ family trees. GenCircles grew to become the No. 2 family tree contribution site on the Internet with hundreds of millions of names in trees. In 2001, Cliff founded Pearl Street Software, joined by Ryan, and led the development of Family Tree Legends, the No. 2 family tree software package in worldwide sales. Family Tree Legends received consistent critical acclaim and sold at most major retail outlets in the United States and UK. MyHeritage.com acquired Pearl Street Software in 2006 and makes significant use of the SmartMatching technology to this day. GenCircles remains free as well with Family Tree Legends now being offered for free.
BackupMyTree is based in Boulder, Colorado.
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