About AncientFaces

AncientFaces Show and Tell their Story

Everyone Deserves to be Remembered

AncientFaces is a community that shows & tells the stories of the people from our lives with Collaborative Biographies.

A living memorial where we can all share, and by working together, discover more about the people important to us.

We remember our ancestors and loved ones by sharing photos, memories, and stories that show who they really were. Biographies gives us glimpses into what people did with their lives, what they saw, and who they impacted.

Share yesterday to connect today and preserve tomorrow

Every life has a story to tell.
Everyone deserves to be remembered.
At AncientFaces - we remember.

By sharing yesterday, we connect with relatives and old friends today, and preserve for tomorrow.

See a few of the many Success Stories or check out this brief tutorial to get started.

The Modern Faces of AncientFaces

AncientFaces is 20 years old in 2020

AncientFaces is a Free Community built of people like yourself who understand that our past, and the people in it, are important.

A Family Friendly Place where the memories of our loved ones live, and where the family stories and photos of our ancestors are shared, so that they are always remembered.

When you participate and share your history you join the 'Everyone Deserves to be Remembered' mission, and become stewards and storytellers of your past. See What AncientFaces Does to get an idea of how you can benefit from sharing what you know about your loved ones and ancestors.

Founded in 2000 and based in Silicon Valley, the AncientFaces team that supports the community is spread out around the globe. There are over a dozen exceptional people who dedicate their time to moderate & build the tools we use everyday.

Curious about who the modern faces behind AncientFaces are? Meet some of the team leads:

Daniel J. Pinna, Founder & Creator

Daniel is the creator of AncientFaces. As of 2020 he has spent half of his life assembling AncientFaces into the place to remember & share the lives of the people who matter to all of us. He can frequently be found working 16-18 hour days shaping AncientFaces into the community deserving of the EDtbR Mission. He serves as CEO and is directly involved with every aspect of AncientFaces from developing technology, building community, systems operations, and broadcasting this important mission to the world. He directly touches everything that makes AncientFaces.

Kathy Pinna, Founder & Content and Community Director

Every memory shared by the community on AncientFaces is reviewed to make sure that they adhere to our Community Standards that makes AncientFaces a Family First community, and a place deserving to share the lives of those close to us. That person is Founder Kathy Pinna. Dedicating 20 years of her life to the EDtbR Mission, she has been & continues to be, critical in every step of the evolution of AncientFaces. From initial concept, through countless enhancements & revisions, she guides the AncientFaces Team & Community on the right path. Many long time members know Kathy very well, and her positive impact on the community is appreciated by all of us.

Grace Lionardi, Lead Developer

Grace joined AncientFaces in the 4th quarter of 2016 and quickly went to work understanding the logic behind the code that drives & powers AncientFaces.com. With well over 200 million pages hosted on AncientFaces, and the required tools to manage complex datasets, you might be able to imagine the sheer size & complexity of the AncientFaces code repository. She makes sure AncientFaces runs 24x7 while constantly working on enhancing every aspect of the application. As of 2020 Grace leads our development team of four who are directly accountable for anything you interact with on AncientFaces.

Lizzie Kunde, Community Support

Lizzie joined AncientFaces in 2022 and serves as the primary Community Support specialist at AncientFaces. She is the first to greet new members, respond to questions, review content to maintain a Family First and Friendly Community, and discover what we can do better. Lizzie brings passion and attention to detail to everything she does in life, and we are grateful for everything she contributes to the community.

Pam Marks, Founder & Visionary

Pam (Kroetch) Marks lives and breathes genealogy. If you know Pam, she knows your genealogy. In 1999 she envisioned a place where people could share their old family photos - liberating them from shoeboxes and distant relatives - enabling everyone to enjoy these treasures and add to their family trees. Sister to Kathy, and aunt to Daniel, she gathered her family and directed us all down a path that has led to AncientFaces.

Sean McCarthy, Creative Director & Storyteller

Sean McCarthy lives his life led by his heart, and his heart led him to a lifelong journey developing and applying his skills as a writer, storyteller, director & producer, and to his wife Elizabeth Mitchell. Sean is an award winning filmmaker & the founder of Guerilla Wanderers & Digital Wanderers. His strong belief in the EDtbR Mission led him to AncientFaces where he is directly responsible for broadcasting and spreading our message to the world.

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Our Roots in Genealogy

In the mid to late 1990's family historians around the world found a new tool when digitized genealogy records began being made available online. Websites appeared that offered places to share family trees, discover ship manifests, social security & census records, birth, death and marriage certificates, message boards, and more.

In the spring of 1999, the AncientFaces concept was born when Pamela (Kroetch) Marks recognized the need to add old family photos to her family tree. Through sharing old photos, family members - both current and future generations - would be able to add faces to their family tree while preserving these often one of a kind images.

AncientFaces.com was officially launched in 2000 by Founder & Creator Daniel J. Pinna, and his mother, Founder & Community and Content Director Kathy Pinna. Over time, AncientFaces has grown from just a few people with a simple concept that has evolved into a mission shared by millions around the world.

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