Archive for November, 2006

1880 Census Now Available at

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006 Launches First Census

Provo, UT, November 21, 2006 – - launched an installment (502,894 records) of its first census today, the 1880 Census. This census is the tenth US Census and represents a 30 percent growth in population from the 1870 Census.

“Censuses are a great way to establish family connections. Every ten years you receive a chronological snapshot of a family, which shows how each person is related,” said Paul Allen, CEO,

The 1880 Census is unique in that it is the first in its class to record the relationship between members living in the house, and the head member of the household.

“The thing that I love about census data is that it helps connect the dots between many diverse genealogy data bases. If you know any data element about a specific person and want to know more, you find that person in the census before or after that point in time. This helps confirm what you may already know and give additional details that you didn’t know,” said David Lifferth, President,

The 1880 Census contains records from 38 states, plus the territories of: Arizona, Dakota, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Alaska, which was not organized at the time, was also included. The US population at the time of completion in 1880 was more than 50 million.

The name, gender, birth place, occupation, marital status, race, relationships to head of household, county, state, father, mother, and locations of nearby cemeteries are included in the 1880 Census at

“This is the first of many census indexes that we hope to have at,” Allen said. “We want these indexes to be accessible and affordable to everyone.”

“The various census data sets, while not perfect, are the closest to consistent data collecting at any point in history. The ’snap shot’ of a country provides fascinating demographics that you cannot get any place else,” Lifferth said. “With each successive census, more data elements are known and tracked. In most of the census you can get family group sheet info that is not documented anywhere else except for the family bible.”


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New Databases at

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Thanksgiving is almost here. At this time, we would like to express our gratitude to our friends and subscribers who have been working with us as we build a community resource to help meet the needs of genealogists and family history enthusiasts. Happy Thanksgiving!

Here is a list of our latest content at

• 1880 United States Census (First roll out)


• Arthur Graphic-Clarion (Arthur, Illinois)
• Chatfield County News (Chatfield, Minnesota)
• Clinch County News (Homerville, Georgia)
• Cloverdale Reveille (Cloverdale, California)
• Crook County Monitor (Sundance, Wyoming)
• Crook County News (Sundance, Wyoming)
• Dayton Review
(Dayton, Iowa)
• Democrat Reporter
(Linden, Alabama)
• Farmer’s Advocate
(Charles Town, West Virginia)
• Hart County News (Horse Cave, Kentucky)
• Isabel Dakotan (Isabel, South Dakota)
• Jones County News (Gray,Georgia)
• Kowa News (Kiowa, Kansas)
• Lewis County Journal
(Canton, Missouri)
Marysville Globe (Marysville, Washington)
• News-Democrat (Waverly, Tennessee)
Ogden Reporter (Ogden, Iowa)
• Ortonville Independent (Ortonville, Minnesota)
• Press-News Journal (Canton, Missouri)
• Quincy Valley Post-Register (Quincy, Washington)
• Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate (Charles Town, West Virginia)
• Sundance Times (Sundance, Wyoming)
• Twin Cities News (Rochester, Texas)
• Western Kansas World (Wakeeny, Kansas)
• West Seattle Herald (Seattle, Washington)

Susan Easton Black, prolific LDS author and historian, discusses unique genealogy sets at

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Susan Easton Black, prolific LDS author and historian, recently discussed some of the unique genealogy data sets that she has compiled and are now available at (Listen to Susan E. Black introduce her genealogy records)

Dr. Black’s most recent six-volume set, Property Transactions in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and Surrounding Communities, 1839-1859 was released at World Vital Records, Inc. This set is not available anywhere else!

Dr. Black is currently a professor at Brigham Young University. She is a past Eliza R. Snow Fellow, Associate Dean of General Education and Honors, and Director of Church History in the Religious Studies Center. She was the recipient of the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award in 2000, the highest award given a professor on the BYU campus. She has authored, edited, and compiled over 100 books and as many articles.

In addition to the Property Transactions set, the following records, compiled by Susan E. Black, are available NOW at Some of these sets are exclusive to our site. Click on the links below to hear Dr. Black describe each data set.

New feature: Pay for a Subscription by check at

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 has added a new feature to better meet the needs of its subscribers.

Here’s how it works:

Go to and sign up for a subscription. Once you get to the Account Information, you will be able to make a payment by credit card, check or money order. If you send a check, your account will be activated once receives your payment. (Make sure you click on the Check option)

Please send a check or money order to World Vital Records, Inc.

World Vital Records, Inc.
1234 North 900 East, Suite 201
Provo, Utah 84606

FYI: We have received a lot of checks from recent subscribers and are currently processing those checks as quickly as possible.

2,651,638 New Records at

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006 has recently launched 2 million 651,638 new records from the following data bases: Colorado Cemetery records, Kentucky Death Records, and Michigan Naturalization records.

Here is a description of each of these new data sets:

Colorado Cemetery Records - Launched Today

The Colorado Cemetery Index contains 16,073 records from individuals who were buried in various locations throughout Colorado. Each record contains the name and the cemetery where the individual was buried, as well as birth and death information. The country where the cemetery is located is also geo mapped.

Improvements to the Colorado Cemetery Records:
1. Geomapping
2. Split death/birth into separate fields.
3. Split date/place information into separate fields
4. Expansion of place names
5. Normal casing instead of ALL CAPS.

Michigan Naturalization Records from Huron and IoscoLaunched November 14, 2006 (Huron), Launched November 13, 2006 (Iosco)

A group of volunteers at the Archives of Michigan put together the indexes for the naturalization records of 29 counties in Michigan. Each index was transcribed from a hand-written index, in its original form. Misspellings and variations in names may be present, although the volunteers attempted to include variations of names that appear in the indexes. Naturalization records may provide important information in helping an individual locate the country of origin of an ancestor.

Kentucky Death RecordsLaunched November 10, 2006

This index covers more than 2.6 million death records in Kentucky recorded from 1900 to 1999. The index provides the name of the deceased, birth date, age, death date, place of death, residence, race, and certificate number. All records are geomapped where possible.

World Vital Records Seeks Individuals to be on International Advisory Boards

Thursday, November 9th, 2006 is in the process of forming international advisory boards with experts for every country who are closely tied to the genealogy field who have connections to others genealogists, have memberships in a variety of genealogical associations, and/or have expertise in genealogy. is dedicated to working with all genealogy and family history companies in providing access to national and international data sets. We are eager to listen to experts and our users to learn more about the genealogy needs they have that are not being met and to assist with those needs.

Individuals who are interested in becoming a member of one of our international advisory board should send an email to

New New Content for November 9, 2006: More than 3 Million New Records

Thursday, November 9th, 2006 released 3, 151, 987 new records today!

Here are the new data sets:


Westbrook Sentinel (Westbrook, Minnesota)
Walnut Grove Tribune (Rock Rapids, Iowa)
West Seattle Herald (Seattle, Washington)

Naturalization Records

Iron, Michigan
Lapeer, Michigan

Why are Naturalization Records Important?

Naturalization is the process in which an individual who is a citizen of another country becomes an American citizen. Naturalization records contain a variety of information such as the individual’s birth date, birth location, year of immigration, marital status, occupation, names of witnesses and addresses, etc.

New Data Sets at World Vital Records:

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006 is committed to adding at least one new data set every business day. This past week launched over 27 million records!

Furthermore, launched 3,950,175 new records today!

Here is a list of the new data sets:

  • Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate (Charles Town, West Virginia)
  • St Mary’s Oracle (St Marys, West Virginia)
  • Sedona Red Rock News (Seonda, Arizona)
  • Valley Falls Vindicator (Valley Falls, Kansas)

All of these records and more can be located in the Newspaper section at The digital images of the newspapers are high quality and are completely searchable.

Take a look!

New Newspaper Features at World Vital Records: Share and Highlight

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

World Vital Records is launching several new features on all of its newspapers. Now users can highlight areas of text and share pages of interest with a friend from more than 45 newspapers!

Here’s how it works:

Go to Click on List of Databases (located on the left, toward the middle of the home page). Look under the Subscription Content for the SmallTownPapers newspapers archive. (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 newspapers to browse the archive. Once you are at the newspaper you want to view, you will see the new highlight and share features near the top of the page.

To Highlight:

Press the Highlight button. Move the cursor to the beginning of the region you wish to highlight. Click the mouse button to begin highlighting. When you have highlighted the desired region, click the mouse button again to end highlighting. You can highlight multiple regions. To save your highlighting, you must share it.

To Share:

Email the page you are viewing to a friend. When you click on the Share button, it will create an email with a link to the page you are viewing. You can then email this to your friends or save it for your personal records.

World Vital Records Extends 2 for 1 Offer to November 7!

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Due to overwhelming demand for the 2 for 1 offer which was scheduled to end on October 31, World Vital Records has extending the same subscription offer until November 7!

In essence, we want everyone who wants to participate in this offer to have the opportunity. We were flooded with emails last week from individuals who had questions and sought answers before they subscribed, and also from individuals who could not subscribe because of technical difficulties. We apologize for this inconvenience.

We have added 12 new data bases (approximately 2 million new names) since the email went out on October 27 describing our 2 for 1 subscription offer!

For those of you who are visiting our site for the first time, you can purchase two years for the price of 1 for only $49.95. The Genealogical Helper can be added for just $69.95.

We invite you to look at our new content and take part in our special offer!