Legacy.com was founded in 1998 and is the world's largest commercial provider of online memorials. The Web site hosts obituaries and memorials for more than 70 percent of all U.S. deaths. Legacy.com hosts obituaries for more than three-quarters of the 100 largest newspapers in the U.S., by circulation. The site attracts more than 14 million unique visitors per month and is among the top 1000 trafficked Web sites in the world.
Legacy.com attaches a publicly accessible guest book to most of the obituaries it hosts, which enables anyone with an Internet connection to pay tribute to someone whose obituary appears in one of Legacy.com's affiliate newspapers. Legacy.com now reviews more than 700,000 guest book entries each month. About 75 percent of all guest books receive entries. The company is approaching 25 million guest book entries on its site.
Legacy.com is a privately held company based in Evanston, Illinois with more than 750 newspaper affiliates in North America, Europe and Australia, including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Manchester Evening News.