Archive for 2006

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!

World Vital Records Celebrates All Saints Day With New “Saint” Records

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

In celebration of All Saints Day, World Vital Records will release 10 new data sets!

Data bases Now Available:

· Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1830-1848

· Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

· Marriages in the Nauvoo Region 1839-1845

· Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835-1846

· Inscriptions Found on Tombstones and Monuments in Early Latter-day Saint Burial Grounds

· Property Transactions in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and Surrounding Communities, 1839-1859.

· Pioneers of 1847: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance

· Members of the Mormon Battalion: A Sesquicentennial Remembrance

· Members of the Ellsworth and McArthur Handcart Companies of 1856

· Members of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies of 1856

All of these records have been prepared by Susan Easton Black, with the exception of the Seventy Quorum Membership, which was prepared by her husband, Harvey. The Property Transactions in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and Surrounding Communities, 1839-1859 can only be found at World Vital Records.

What is all Saints Day?(Taken from Wikipedia.)

The festival of All Saints, also sometimes known as All Hallows or Hallowmas (“hallows” meaning “saints,” and “mas” meaning ” Mass“), is a feast celebrated in their honour. Halloween is the day proceeding it, and is so named because it is” The Eve of All Hallows”. All Saints is also a Christian formula invoking all the faithful saints and martyrs, known or unknown.

The Western Christian holiday (called Festum omnium sanctorum in Latin) falls on November 1, followed by All Souls’ Day on November 2, and is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Church, with a vigil and an octave. Among the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Rite Catholics, All Saints follows the earlier tradition kept by the whole Church of keeping the feast on the first Sunday after Pentecost and as such marks the close of the Easter season.

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.