Archive for 2006

Did You Know That???

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

· People from 117 countries have visited WorldVitalRecords.com!

· WorldVitalRecords.com ranks in the Top 10 for the Most Page Views out of genealogy sites on the Internet. (According to Alexa rankings)

· WorldVitalRecords.com has subscribers (newsletter and WorldVitalRecords.com subscriptions) from people who live in 28 different countries, including the following:

Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Denmark
France
Germany
Greece
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Korea
Lebanon
Mexico
New Zealand
Pakistan
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
South Africa
Spain
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
(England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales)
United States
(and minor outlying islands)
Zimbabwe

International Content From Everton Genealogical Library To Be Available Soon at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, December 29th, 2006

On December 12, 2006, WorldVitalRecords.com announced its plans to scan content at the Everton Genealogical Library, one of the largest privately held genealogical libraries in the United States.

Scanning has been occurring for a couple of weeks now, and the first set of databases will be available at WorldVitalRecords.com in January 2007!

Some of the databases that will be posted include the following:

(Specific data sets will be announced as they are launched.)

  • Vital statistics from Mexico
  • Transcriptions of church records from Denmark
  • Immigration records from Switzerland
  • Vital statistics from Canada
  • German land records
  • Hungarian land records
  • Vital statistics from England
  • Scottish ancestry records
  • Historical records from Ireland

These data sets are just the beginning of millions of new national and international records that will be available at WorldVitalRecords.com.

 

AdviseMe on my Genealogy!

Friday, December 29th, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com has added a new genealogy column to its weekly newsletter to help individuals with their genealogy. (Sign up for the weekly newsletter here!)

Currently WorldVitalRecords.com receives various genealogy-related inquiries. WorldVitalRecords.com thinks these questions are important and that answering them will benefit many people, instead of just one person.

Although WorldVitalRecords.com would like to perform all of the research for people who submit questions, the author of this column will primarily help researchers find the right sources, contacts, and give them the proper “road map” to find their answers.

Starting next week, the column author will select one of these questions, answer it, and post it in the newsletter.

Individuals who wish to submit a question should send it to amanda@worldvitalrecords.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Where Are You Researching??? Help WorldVitalRecords.com Determine the Content You Need!

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com exists to help individuals with their genealogy. Currently, WorldVitalRecords.com is in the process of scanning the Everton Genealogical Library and has the challenge of selecting the first data sets to scan from among thousands of genealogical data sets.

WorldVitalRecords.com doesn’t want to make these decisions without you. We need your help to determine the content that we should scan and index first. Please let us know where you are researching, the data sets you are seeking, or just the type of data you need. We will listen to you and scan, index, and try to prep the data from the suggestions that you submit to us before we scan the rest of the material.

Let your voice be heard, and let the content you want be available for you at WorldVitalRecords.com. Send an email to content@worldvitalrecords.com.

Spend Your Holidays Searching 2.4 Million New Names

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

To add to the holiday excitement, WorldVitalRecords.com has added 2.4 million new names to its site. These names come from Arizona, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin!

ID Adams County Record (Council, Idaho)
AZ Ajo Copper News (Ajo, Arizona) UPDATE
KY Bath County News-Outlook (Owingsville, Kentucky)
NH Bedford Journal (Bedford, New Hampshire)

WI Blair Press (Blair, Wisconsin) UPDATE
IA Boyden Reporter (Boyden, Iowa)
MN Cold Spring Record (Cold Spring, Minnesota)
IA Danish Villages Voice (Elk Horn, Iowa) 35306 105918
IA Elk Horn Kimballton Review (Elk Horn, Iowa)

Total Records: 809,869
Total Names: 2,429,607

New Web Interface at WorldVitalRecords.com Helps Individuals Have a Better Experience Searching For Their Ancestors

Friday, December 22nd, 2006
New Web Interface at WorldVitalRecords.com Helps Individuals Have a Better Experience Searching For Their Ancestors

Changes to Web site come as a result of usability testing

Provo, UT, December 22, 2006 — WorldVitalRecords.com recently changed the user interface on its Web site to allow users to have a better experience finding their ancestors.

“Our goal is to make WorldVitalRecords.com the best ancestor search, genealogy, and family history site on the Internet. We spent many hours to improve our site so it will be easier for our users. I think our users will really like the changes we have made at WorldVitalRecords.com,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We learned very quickly that we had some issues to resolve. After reviewing our results, this new interface is our first improvement to our site,” Lifferth said. “We will continue to make improvements as we add new features and data.”

“We received feedback from many users, which has been very helpful to us. The new header and footer design give the site a cleaner, overall look,” said Brad Pace, Affiliate Manager, WorldVitalRecords.com

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Media Contact:

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About WorldVitalRecords.com

Finding your ancestors can be overwhelming, and expensive. At WorldVitalRecords.com, we’ve made it easy and affordable for individuals to connect to their families and find answers to their genealogical questions. Led by Paul Allen, who after founding Ancestry.com, which became the largest genealogy company in the world, now aims to be the number two player in the genealogy industry with WorldVitalRecords.com. WorldVitalRecords.com will offer users international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, a blog planet, podcasts, videocasts, Webinars, expert advice, training, and user-generated content.

New Web Interface at WorldVitalRecords.com Helps Individuals Have a Better Experience Searching For Their Ancestors

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Changes to Web site come as a result of usability testing

WorldVitalRecords.com recently changed the user interface on its Web site to allow users to have a better experience finding their ancestors.

Our goal is to make WorldVitalRecords.com the best ancestor search, genealogy, and family history site on the Internet. We spent many hours to improve our site so it will be easier for our users. I think our users will really like the changes we have made at WorldVitalRecords.com,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

WorldVitalRecords.com recently conducted usability testing, in which they invited a variety of people with varying technological skills, interests and levels of genealogy to try out its site and provide feedback.

“We learned very quickly that we had some issues to resolve. After reviewing our results, this new interface is our first improvement to our site,” Lifferth said. “We will continue to make improvements as we add new features and data.”

As a result of the usability testing, WorldVitalRecords.com now has search fields on each header, making it possible for users to perform a search for their ancestors on every page located at WorldVitalRecords.com. Links that are used most often have been placed on the site in areas that are more prominent. The advanced search page now includes search tips. It is also easier to sign up for a newsletter subscription, to make a purchase to the Web site, and to contact WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We received feedback from many users, which has been very helpful to us. The new header and footer design give the site a cleaner, overall look,” said Brad Pace, Affiliate Manager, WorldVitalRecords.com

How to Use Advanced Search at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

If you can’t find the ancestors you are looking for in our general search, try the Advanced Search option! The Advanced Search button is located on the top left hand corner, right below the WorldVitalRecords.com banner.

Here are some tips to help you with your searches:

1. All of the fields in the Advanced Search box are NOT required. If you enter only a “Family Name” you will get matches for people with that name. If you enter only a “Place” you will get results from that place, which may be a city, county, state, or country.

2. The more fields in which you add data, the more refined your search will be. (You will receive fewer results from this search request.)

3. If you perform a search and do not receive any results (0 results), try removing text from the Place, Year, and Keyword fields, as the databases may not have that information.

If you have feedback on how we can make our search process better for you, please send an email to feedback@worldvitalrecords.com.

Newspapers Are Jam-Packed With Vital Records

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Newspapers are excellent ways of finding names and vital information. WorldVitalRecords.com has made it possible for viewers to search by newspaper, year, month, date, and also by given name, family name, place, keyword, and year.

Check out the latest newspapers from WorldVitalRecords.com.


WA Marysville Globe (Marysville, Washington)
ID News-Examiner (Montpelier, Idaho)
MN Northern Star (Ortonville, Minnesota)
WV Roane County Reporter (Spencer, West Virginia) UPDATE
WA Ritzville Adams County Journal (Ritzville, Washington)
WA Ritzville Journal-Times (Ritzville, Washington)

Total Records: 582, 291
Total Names: 1,746,873

When Should I Use Search, and When Should I Use Browse to Find My Ancestors?

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com provides several ways of searching for records on its database. Two options we will focus on today are Search and Browse.

There is a Difference Between Search and Browse at WorldVitalRecords.

Imagine you have a book in your hands and are interested in the content. Think about searching in terms of reading through a book.

  1. Use Browse if you want to go through the data base (or book) page by page. This will give you an in-depth search of every record that is available for the data set you have chosen.
  2. Use Search if you know the specific page (or name) you want to find. In this instance, you can turn immediately to the page or name you want to see.

About Browse

We are thrilled to have the Browse button on our site. This powerful feature will revolutionize online genealogy research and will lead to many more powerful features in the days to come!

How does the Browse button work?

  1. First click on the data set you wish to view. (If you are unsure about which data set to use, try the Search button instead.)
  2. Click on Browse This Database
  3. Look for the record you wish to view and click on the link. If you do not see the name you wish to find, click on Next (located at the top right and left sides of the page.

Here are a few tips to assist you with your searching.

  1. Some data sets are listed alphabetically, while some are listed chronologically.
  2. When you are on the results page, you must click on the name of the individual to view all of the information.
  3. Newspapers can be browsed by year, month, and day.

About Search

How does the Search button work?

1. Type in as much information as you know into the Search box and hit search.

Here are a few tips to assist you with your searching.

  1. You do not need to fill in all of the blanks in the Search box. (Just fill in the information that you know.)
  2. If you are finding names in the newspapers with some instances of the first name, and some instances of the last name, try using the Keyword button. Type in the name you want to find and use “parentheses.” For example, say that I want to find John Smith. I type in the name as follows: “john smith”. This type of search will give you results that contain both the first and last name.
  3. The Year in the Search box can be for locations for birth or death dates.
  4. The Place in the Search box can be locations for birth or death dates.