World’s Largest Genealogy Service Selects Tessella to Preserve Family Connections

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FamilySearch International chooses Tessella’s digital archiving platform Safety Deposit Box

...We see Tessella as a great partner in pushing digital archiving technology beyond the current early adopters...

Tessella, the international provider of science-powered technology and consulting services, is pleased to announce that FamilySearch International has selected Tessella’s Safety Deposit Box (SDB) to maintain the digital records that enable people to connect with their ancestors.

Russell Stay, senior vice president for the Information Division of FamilySearch, said: "FamilySearch is dedicated to preserving the records of the family of mankind. Its purpose is to simply connect people with their ancestors through easy access to historical records.”

Stay added, “As part of this mission, we must capture and preserve huge numbers of digital records. Tessella’s SDB gives FamilySearch a strong technical platform and most importantly the ability to share best practices and workflows with the active and noteworthy Tessella SDB user community.”

Stay continued: “We see Tessella as a great partner in pushing digital archiving technology beyond the current early adopters. We think their commercial model that combines a professionally supported core with shared open source tools for specific micro-services will be very attractive to the community, and we look forward to using our experience and investment to enable the whole archiving world to benefit.”

Jon Tilbury, the director responsible for building Tessella’s digital archiving capabilities, said: “Both Tessella and FamilySearch are committed to using this relationship and the capabilities it yields to broaden the availability of digital archiving technology to a much wider range of organisations. With the backing of FamilySearch and the incorporation of the ideas and drive from the academic community, we hope to make SDB the platform of choice where budgets and know-how have, so far, been unable to stretch in this emerging discipline.”

CEO at Tessella Inc., Grant Stephen, commented: “I am extremely pleased that FamilySearch chose Tessella as the solution for their digital records. We are looking forward to working with FamilySearch to demonstrate the ability of SDB to scale to the levels required by their specification.”

Mark Evans, the Practice Head of Tessella’s U.S. Digital Archiving team, added: “The FamilySearch digital archiving facility will be huge in terms of archive size and throughput. We are looking forward to working with the FamilySearch experts to solve these challenges and are delighted they have placed their confidence in our software and our team.”

FamilySearch joins the SDB community of archives and libraries such as the UK, Swiss, Malaysian, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, and Austrian state archives, as well as the Rotterdam Regional Archives, the Wellcome Trust Library and most recently the Minnesota Historical Society and the Library of Congress.

Tessella’s SDB technology is the leading platform for the preservation of long-term digital records in archives around the world. FamilySearch chose the latest version of Tessella’s Safety Deposit Box (SDB4) as the best available solution to manage the ingest process for their archives. SDB4 has been designed to help memory institutions (including libraries and archives), who are already skilled at preserving paper material, to overcome the problems posed by preserving material stored in digital formats.

Tessella’s Safety Deposit Box was developed out of work done in partnership with The National Archives of the UK to help confront the problem of digital preservation. The software, which has already been in use at The National Archives for over six years as the basis of their award-winning Digital Archive system, has been significantly enhanced as part of The National Archives’ Seamless Flow programme.

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Recent related press release: US State Entities use Tessella’s SDB to advance their learning on digital archiving.

About Family Search
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Further information is available at

About Digital Archiving at Tessella

Tessella are world leaders in the provision of Digital Archiving technologies, working with major governments in 7 countries across 3 continents. Tessella's Digital Archiving offerings cover software, consulting, research and support and place us at the cutting edge of this emerging discipline. Our core technology, SDB, is now in its fourth generation and provides stable professionally supported platform with the flexibility to deliver individual customer needs.

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About Tessella

Founded in 1980, Tessella is the international provider of science powered technology and consulting services. World leading organizations choose our unique blend of science, engineering and sector expertise to deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions to complex real-world commercial and technical challenges. Our people are high achievers from leading universities and are passionate about delivering value to clients.

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