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SOLEIF and AOL Announce Alliance

January 28th, 2002

 

THE STATUE OF LIBERTY-ELLIS ISLAND FOUNDATION AND AMERICA ONLINE ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE TO PROVIDE ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES TO MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS

Agreement Includes America Online's Sponsorship Of American Family Immigration History Center™ At Ellis Island; Integration of Foundation's Content Across Multiple America Online Brands


New York and Dulles, VA--January 28, 2002 -  The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced a new alliance to provide online genealogy resources to millions of consumers.

Under the agreement, AOL will become the exclusive Internet service provider sponsor of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's American Family Immigration History Center™ at Ellis Island.  In addition, consumers will now be able to access the Foundation's history-making Web site, ellisisland.org, across multiple America Online brands, including the AOL service, Netscape and CompuServe. The site, accessible at AOL Keyword: EllisIsland.org and via the genealogy and education areas of these online services, includes an online document database where users can explore their family immigration histories.

The integration of the ellisisland.org content will significantly enhance the genealogy resources offered across AOL, CompuServe and Netscape. Users can trace family roots, view an immigration timeline, build a family scrapbook, read immigration stories and even prepare for a visit to Ellis Island. The American Family Immigration History Center™ and Web site represent significant milestones for the millions of Americans currently interested in family history research.  They offer, for the first time, easy access to immigration information about the 22 million people who entered America through the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1892-1924--the largest human migration in modern history.

"We are extremely grateful for the promotional support America Online brings to our project," said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. "We are pleased to extend our online resources to AOL and CompuServe members and Netscape users--many of whom will be pleased to find their ancestral records in our database."

Katherine Borsecnik, President, AOL Brand Management & Programming, said, "We are proud to be associated with an organization that provides such a valuable resource to the public. More and more of those researching their family roots use online resources, which makes AOL a natural fit as the exclusive ISP sponsor for the Center and makes the Foundation's extensive genealogy database a valued addition to our content offerings."

The ellisisland.org site was rated "Top Newcomer" by Jupiter Metrix upon its launch in April. At that time, Ellis Island and ellisisland.org ranked in the top five most-searched terms on AOL. In less than nine months since its launch, the site has generated more than 2 billion hits.

America Online joins the Foundation's existing sponsors including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Discover Card, Genealogy.com, Eastman Kodak Company, Compaq Computer Corporation and Oracle Corporation.

About America Online, Inc.
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner, Inc. (NYSE: AOL). Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce services.

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