Ancestry Deepens Its Roots in Utah

$10.5 million CAPEX

506 jobs

Project Muir 2

April 11, 2019

The Economic Development Corporation (EDCUtah) is pleased to announce that Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) entered into an agreement with Ancestry to expand the company’s operations in Utah, adding up to 506 jobs, $12.2 million in new state revenue and up to $10.5 million in capital investment over the next nine years.

Ancestry is a leading provider of family history and consumer genetics services. Ancestry has more than 3 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites with an extensive collection of over 10 billion digitized historical records and over 15 million participants in the Ancestry DNA database. Since 1996, users have created over 100 million family trees and 12 billion ancestor profiles on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites.

“Ancestry is an international company with homegrown roots that enhance Utah’s Silicon Slopes,” said Val Hale, executive director of GOED. “This innovative company is leveraging their insights and information to improve lives in family history. We are pleased that this new agreement will allow Ancestry to continue a long history as a business leader in the Utah community and continue to expand its operations in the State.” 

Under the new agreement, Ancestry has the opportunity to create up to 506 jobs in Utah over the next nine years. The total wages in aggregate are required to exceed 110 percent of the average county wage. Projected new state wages over the life of the agreement may be up to $316,971,619 which includes wages, salaries, bonuses and other taxable compensation. Projected new state tax revenues as a result of corporate, payroll and sales taxes are estimated to be $12,228,599 over nine years. Ancestry may earn up to 20 percent of the new state taxes they will pay over the nine-year life of the agreement in the form of a post-performance Economic Development Tax Increment Finance (EDTIF) tax credit rebate.

“For more than 30 years, Ancestry has been a proud member of the Utah business community,” said Howard Hochhauser, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Ancestry. “We are pleased to enter into this new agreement with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, which will allow us to expand our headquarters presence to support the strong growth in our business. In addition, we are excited to have the opportunity to benefit from Utah’s talented workforce as we focus on delivering innovative products for our consumers that will fuel their personal discovery journeys as they seek to learn more about themselves and their families.”

Founded in 1983, Ancestry has its headquarters in Lehi, UT.

“Ancestry epitomizes the ‘DNA’ of Utah’s tech industry,” said Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah. “Ancestry is an entrepreneurial business that has grown to become an industry leader in genealogy and genetics. We’re thrilled by Ancestry’s future growth plans in Silicon Slopes.”

Erin Farr, Business Development Manager, managed this project for EDCUtah.

For more information on this or other projects, contact Colby Cooley, vice president of business development, at 801-323-4250,


Erin Farr

Vice President of Business Development