Archive for October, 2006

Newspapers from SmallTownPapers are Now Searchable at World Vital Records

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

In September, we announced a partnership that we formed with SmallTownPapers, Inc., a newspaper archive company featuring small town newspapers and articles.

Today World Vital Records made 5,555,023 records available for viewing. (One record equals one paragraph in a newspaper.) The following newspapers are available for viewing at World Vital Records:

Ajo Copper News Ajo, Arizona

Askov American Askov, Minnesota

Atwood Herald Atwood, Illinois

Big Timber Pioneer Big Timber, Montana

Boise City News Boise City, Oklahoma

Cuba Free Press Cuba, Missouri

Deer Park Tribune Deer Park, Washington

Deer Park Union Deer Park, Washington

Freeman Courier Freeman, South Dakota

Franklin County Citizen Preston, Idaho

Freeman Courier Freeman, South Dakota

Glenville Democrat Glenville, West Virginia

The Gridley Herald Gridley, California

Heppner Gazette-Times Heppner, Oregon

Indian Valley Record Greenville, California

Inwood Herald Inwood, Iowa

Each newspaper search result includes the newspaper page, day, month, year, city, county, state, and content. Users will be able to see high quality, completely searchable digital images of the newspaper articles, which appear on the pages just as the newspapers were printed. World Vital Records has also added a feature allowing the user to zoom in and zoom out to view the newspaper page, as well as the option to see the full image.

These newspapers can be accessed in one of two ways:

Option 1: Go to Click on What Are We Offering (located on the left, toward the bottom of the home page). Look under the Subscription Content for the SmallTownPapers category. (Note: Although this content is located in our subscription section, right now it is free to browse.) You will see a listing of the newspapers. Click on any of the newspaper to browse the archive.

Option 2: Go to Type in the word that you are looking for into the Surname box and hit Search. Scroll down until you see the Newspapers category. Click on the newspaper that you would like to view. Look to the left on the Page column. Click on the page number that you wish to view.

A Fun Way to Involve Children in Genealogy and History

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
U.S. President Grover Cleveland unveiled the new Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886. Millions of immigrants have seen this important landmark on their way to a new life in America and have written histories about their arrival and about their families.

A celebration will be held on October 28, 2006 to commemorate the 120th birthday of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is sponsoring a Statue of Liberty Picture Contest for elementary school-aged children. It’s a fun and creative way to involve kids in genealogy and history. The contest starts on Thursday, 12 October 2006 and ends on Wed, 31 Jan 2007.

Full details are at:

Drawing shown above by Sydney C. (Age 7 – New York, NY)

World Vital Records Will Launch its Subscription and New Site Design Today

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Yes, the big day is finally here. World Vital Records will launch its subscription and new Web site later today! Individuals who subscribe before October 31, 2006 will receive a two-year subscription for the price of one!

Here are a few of Paul Allen’s (CEO, World Vital Records) thoughts:

“Today marks a milestone for us in becoming the number two player in the genealogy industry. We are pleased with the content we have obtained to offer to our users to help them find their ancestors and are anxious to gather much more,” said Paul Allen, CEO, World Vital Records.

Subscription prices will be $49.95 per year. Individuals can also sign up for the special subscription upgrade, which includes the 2 for 1 subscription offer, as well as Everton’s Genealogical Helper for only $69.95 (25 percent savings).

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Genealogical Helper, it is a 50-page magazine that has been the “genealogy Bible” for over 50 years. Leland Meitzler recently became the editor of this magazine. The Genealogical Helper emphasizes content, continuing education, and research resources, for both professional genealogists and amateur family history researchers. Each issue contains sections on missing ancestors and family members, in-depth articles by professionals, expanded book reviews, coverage of technological advances and more.

World Vital Records is adding a new data base or functionality every business day. Some of the content that will be included in the subscription model will include the following: 1871 Canadian Census, 1880 United States Census, Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records, 1830-1848 (50 volumes), Scottish death records, and much more.

Sign up today at our same URL:

I think you’ll also love the new site design.