Archive for 2006

The Historical, International Bed Race of Preston, Idaho

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com saw a clip of the Preston International Bed Race and asked me to post it on our site. The race is a fun, family activity that will definitely go down in history (although you probably won’t see it on a vital record).

Watch the race!

Note: Downloading time may not be as fast as actual race time.

(You must have QuickTime or Windows Media Player to view the race. Anything that will play a .mov file will work.)

What is the International Bed Race?

It’s wild, it’s crazy and it’s also complete “bedlam”! It’s The Great Night Before Christmas International Bed Race!!! (You actually can change the sheets on a bed by the time you say the title of this race!) There’s great excitement, fun and competition at the race, which is made up of eight runners, two bed riders, sheets, robes and of course, the bed. You have to keep your eyes on the action, as it’s easy to miss a few movements because of the great speed in which the bed racers are traveling.

The International Bed Race has been an annual event in Preston, Idaho for more than 10 years. It is sponsored by the Preston Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of Tracie Ransom, Franklin County Medical Center Public Relations Director.

An average of eight bed race teams per year have competed in the last few years. In the early years of the championship bed race, teams numbered as high as 20. Business, civic groups, school groups, and families are encouraged to find a bed, grab 10 adventurous team members and hang on for the ride of their lives.

This year the championship bed race took place on November 25, 2006, in the middle of main street in Preston, Idaho. (The bed race always takes place the Saturday following Thanksgiving.)

Here’s how it works:

Each team consists of 10 people (eight bed pushers, and two riders). Two teams race down the street at the same time. The first half of the team (four pushers and one rider) race against the first half of another team. When the gun sounds the first four members of the team are responsible for putting the sheet on the bed. Meanwhile, the first rider puts on the nightgown, the helmet, and jumps on the bed. The four team members push the bed to the halfway point.

Next comes the exchange. The rider jumps off the bed, hands the helmet and the nightgown to the second rider. The second rider puts on both of these items and jumps on the bed. The four new bed pushers then push the bed, with the rider to the end of the block. The two teams with the fastest racing times compete in the final heat.

Bed Race Rules and Logistics:

  • Length of Course: Approximately one city block.
  • Start line, marked by the cones: Beds must be behind the cones. Runners and rider will be five yards behind the bed until the race begins.
  • For each violation of the rules the team will be given a five-second penalty.
  • Riders must have the helmet on, with the chin strap hooked, and be on the bed BEFORE the runners start pushing the bed.
  • Early departure will result in a violation.
  • Rider should hold on for dear life.
  • All runners must keep up with the bed. (Penalty – Five seconds)
  • The first runners can’t help with the change of clothes or of making the bed. That is the responsibility of the second group.

For complete race rules, or to enter the bed race for next year, call the Preston Chamber of Commerce office at 852-2703 or Franklin County Medical Center at 852-0137 (ask for Tracie.).

A Personal Note from Whitney Ransom (FCMC bed race member)

I have raced on the Franklin County Medical Team now for about five to six years. Each year we have taken first or second place. Our primary rival is usually the Hollingsworth team. (They have speed and know the secret to the exchange at the halfway point.)

Take a look at this video from last year or click on the picture below to see the Hollingsworth team race against the FCMC team. It’s pretty exciting. (Prepare yourself for a lot of screaming!)

This year the Franklin County Medical team took first place. (The Hollingsworth team did not compete…but I’m sure they will be back next year.) I’m a cross country runner, and this race is just as exhilarating, if not more exhilarating than any of the races in which I have competed. (I’m currently training for a marathon.) Of course if I mentioned our secrets to success I would probably get kicked off the team. So, I am just going to say that team work is very important. Every single person must perform his or her part and do it well. I love the International Bed Race, and I look forward to it every year. I hope you will join us next year.

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches More Than 86,500 New Records Today

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Find Four New Data Sets NOW at WorldVitalRecords.com

The following new data bases have been launched today at WorldVitalRecords.com.

UK Marriage List - This database contains more than 29,000 geo-mapped marriage listings throughout the United Kingdom from 1655 -1992. Each record contains the name of the husband, wife and witness, town, parish, county, and country.

Spanish American War Volunteers (Colorado)
Search nearly 1,500 records containing names of volunteers from the Spanish American War. This dataset contains the name, rank, unit, and company information.

Spanish American War (Texas)This database contains more than 23,000 records of Texans who fought in the Spanish American War in 1898. Each record contains the name, organization, and call number.

British Military Officers -
Explore more than 2,500 British military records and find the name, rank and unit of each individual.

1871 Canada Census Now Available At WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, November 27th, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched the 1871 Canada Census (Canada’s first national census). This census is the second census WorldVitalRecords.com has launched. (The US 1880 Census was the first census available at WorldVitalRecords.com.)

This census database contains more than 400,000 records of personal information such as name, age, country or province of birth, occupation, ethnic origin, and religious denomination.

Information from individuals living in the original provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario are included in this census.

Before the 1871 Census was conducted, census enumerations were completed in various areas throughout Canada, and in various years. However, many of these early records were lost or destroyed and are no longer available.

New Databases for November 21 and November 22

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

WorldVitalRecords released the following data sets yesterday and today:

November 21, 2006

The Woodville Republican (Woodville, Mississippi) UPDATE 53,370
Inwood Herald (Inwood, Iowa) UPDATE 106,986
The Perkins Journal (Perkins, Oklahoma) UPDATE 195,019
Leader-News (Greenville, Kentucky) UPDATE 143,761
Beverly Hills Weekly (Beverly Hills, California) 45871
The Clinch County News (Homerville, Georgia) UPDATE 146,672

Total Records: 691,679
Total Names: 2,075,037

November 22, 2006

The Florala News (Florala, Alabama) 157,047
The Goldendale Sentinel (Goldendale, Washington) 155,568
Horry Independent (Conway, South Carolina) 48,749
Chester Progressive (Chester, California) 125,597
The Issaquah Press (Issaquah, Washington) 134,506

Total Records: 621,467
Total Names: 1,864,401

Want a Genealogy Challenge With Your Thanksgiving Pie?

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Thanksgiving is almost here. While you’re eating your pie, turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, we thought you might want to take a little genealogy challenge that Dan Lynch, one of our friends submitted to us. He said it took him several hours to solve this brain teaser, but grab a piece of pumpkin pie and see if you can do it faster.

You can read it below or view online at: http://www.genealogyworldwide.com/genealogy_fun.php

Using only the information provided above, you need to determine which husband belongs to which wife, their surname and the number of years that each couple has been married. There is only one solution to this set of facts. Don’t assume anything that is not a fact.

Here’s the challenge:

On June 1st, five couples who live in Trumbull will celebrate their wedding anniversaries. Their surnames are Johnstone, Parker, Watson, Graves, and Shearer. The husbands’ given names are Russell, Douglas, Charles, Peter, and Everett. The wives’ given names are Elaine, Joyce, Marcia, Elizabeth, and Mildred. Keep in mind that no two couples have been married the same number of years. From the clues given, try to determine the husband and wife that make up each couple and the number of years they have been married.

  • Joyce has not been married as long as Charles or the Parkers, but longer than Douglas or the Johnstones.
  • Elizabeth has been married twice as long as the Watsons, but only half as long as Russell.
  • The Shearers have been married ten years longer than Peter and ten years less than Marcia.
  • Douglas and Mildred have been married for 25 years less than the Graves who, having been married for 30 years, are the couple who have been married the longest.
  • Neither Elaine nor the Johnstones have been married the shortest amount of time.
  • Everett has been married for 25 years.

Note: If you are having trouble, you can go to the following address for some assistance: View & Print a Logic Grid for this Anniversary Brain Teaser. We will post the answer on New Years Day – January 1, 2007! Good luck!

1880 Census Now Available at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches First Census

Provo, UT, November 21, 2006 – - WorldVitalRecords.com 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, WorldVitalRecords.com

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, WorldVitalRecords.com

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 WorldVitalRecords.com.

“This is the first of many census indexes that we hope to have at WorldVitalRecords.com,” 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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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Director, Corporate Communications
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.

1880 Census Now Available at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches First Census

Provo, UT, November 21, 2006 – - WorldVitalRecords.com 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, WorldVitalRecords.com

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, WorldVitalRecords.com

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 WorldVitalRecords.com.

“This is the first of many census indexes that we hope to have at WorldVitalRecords.com,” 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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Media Contact:

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications
World Vital Records
www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About WorldVitalRecords

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 Databases at WorldVitalRecords.com

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 WorldVitalRecords.com.

• 1880 United States Census (First roll out)

Newspapers

• 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)
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Marysville Globe (Marysville, Washington)
• News-Democrat (Waverly, Tennessee)
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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 WorldVitalRecords.com

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 WorldVitalRecords.com. (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 WorldVitalRecords.com: 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 WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

WorldVitalRecords.com has added a new feature to better meet the needs of its subscribers.

Here’s how it works:

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