About AncientFaces

Our Mission

We believe everyone deserves to be remembered.

AncientFaces is a place to share the stories about who our loved ones really were through biographies. Bios include all of the basic details (dates, locations and family trees), but more importantly include photos, memories & stories that have been passed down.

When we create these profiles of our loved ones we give them an online footprint which they never had the opportunity to create for themselves. Other people add their stories, recollections and photos, and through our collaborative efforts we 'Show & Tell the Story' of the people that matter most.

See a few of the many Success Stories as a result of sharing family history at AncientFaces.

Our History

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 & CEO Daniel J. Pinna, and his mother, Founder & Community Moderator Kathy Pinna. This initial concept has grown into a mission shared by many; we firmly believe that everyone deserves to be remembered.

As of 2020, AncientFaces celebrates 20 years of operating as a 100% free family history community. Over the last two decades AncientFaces has grown from a few hundred old photos to over 1 million images containing 200 million biographies maintained by a community of 285k+ members.

Our Company

Founded in 2000 and based in Silicon Valley, the AncientFaces team is dedicated to building a community that empowers collaboration to create accurate snapshots of the people and places from our past. Our mission is to build a biography for every person in recent history.

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