Archive for January, 2007

Canterbury Catholic Register Index, Another International Database, Now Accessible at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

The Canterbury Catholic Register database was recently launched at WorldVitalRecords.com.

View this database.

This index contains nearly 28,000 records from the register books of the Canterbury Cathedral.

Vital information, such as christenings and burials after 1812 and of marriages after 1756, can be accessed at WorldVitalRecords.com.

This database is the second international database to be scanned and launched at WorldVitalRecords.com from the Everton Genealogical Library. This database will be available for FREE until February 7. Sign up to view this database after this date and many others at WorldVitalRecords.com.

According to Wikipedia, the Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England and also forms part of a World Heritage site. The formal title is the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury.

More than 200 Issues of Everton’s Genealogical Helper Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Everton’s Genealogical Helper, considered to be the industry “bible” for nearly 60 years, is now available at WorldVitalRecords.com

Click here to access the online Everton Genealogical Helper database.

The online Genealogical Helper is set up in a friendly format allowing users to view the Helper page by page, highlight portions of text, share sections of the Helper with others through email, zoom in and out on the pages, and also print.

In the past, only 10 years of the magazine were indexed online. Now individuals can access Genealogical Helper magazines (more than 10,000 pages) at WorldVitalRecords.com from 1946-2006. Each issue contains up to 200 pages.

The Genealogical Helper concentrates on content, continuing education, and research resources, for both professional genealogists and amateur family history researchers.

Each issue of the Genealogical Helper contains:

  • Consistent Focus on Continuing Education
  • Expanded Sections on Missing Ancestors and Family Members
  • Articles by Previously Unpublished Writers (our readers)
  • In-Depth Articles by Professionals
  • Expanded Book Reviews
  • Renewed Emphasis on Personal Connections/Introductions
  • Comprehensive Coverage of Technological Advances/Digital/Online Research
  • Over 10,000 Pages Representing Over 200 Issues From 1947 to the Present.

Leland Meitzler was recently selected as the managing editor of the magazine. Leland is well known in the genealogical industry and brings a wealth of skills and experience to the Helper.

The online Genealogical Helper will be FREE for nine more days! After this time, the databases will be available only to subscribers. Sign up now for only $49.95 and get two years for the price of one!

Member Databases At WorldVitalRecords.com Now Available FREE For Ten Days

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Member databases at WorldVitalRecords.com will now be available FREE for the first ten days!

“We are pleased to offer this new service at WorldVitalRecords.com. As we continue to post new databases every day, we would like to give visitors to our site a chance to browse the new content,” said Yvette Arts, Director Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

The Canterbury Catholic Register index is the first database to be included in this offer. This index contains nearly 28,000 records from the register books of the Canterbury Cathedral. Vital Records in the index contain christenings and burials after 1812 and marriages after 1756.

Additional upcoming databases that will be offered FREE for ten days include: Skals, Viborg, Denmark: A compilation of records, abstracts from the Renfrew Mercury 1871-1900 index which include birth, marriage and death records from Ontario, Canada, vital records from the DeJarnette and Allied Families in America 1699 -1954, town records of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and vital records of Gardiner, Maine.

11 International Genealogy Search Engines Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, January 26th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Takes Steps Toward Building International Communities

International genealogy search engines for 11 different countries have been built at WorldVitalRecords.com to allow users to have a better experience searching for their ancestors throughout the world.

“We are really excited about these search engines. We have carefully scoured the Internet looking for the best genealogical resources for each of these countries,” said Brad Pace, VP Marketing, WorldVitalRecords.com.

International search engines have been set up at WorldVitalRecords.com for Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, the Philippines, Tonga, Turkey, and Ukraine.

http://australia.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://austria.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://china.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://france.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://germany.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://india.worldvitalrecords.com

http://kenya.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://philippines.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://tonga.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://turkey.worldvitalrecords.com/
http://ukraine.worldvitalrecords.com/

“The purpose of these search engines is to help any genealogist at any level, from any country, find more information to further their research. Try it out. Search names, cemeteries, historical maps, traditions, cultures, histories, archives. Learn about traveling to the native land, native genealogy societies and look at other family trees,” said Amy Rhoads, Director Research and Development/Community Building.

In addition, WorldVitalRecords.com is rapidly building international search engines for Brazil, England, Ireland Japan, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. International search engine sites for these countries, along with others, will be launched soon at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Each search engine has been created to allow users to search the best genealogical sites for that country in English, as well as the native language.

“Our primary goal at WorldVitalRecords.com is to help people find the information about their ancestors that they need. If they can’t find it on our site, we will direct them to wherever that information may be located,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Each search engine is specific to the particular country. If you are on the Ontario Canada search engine, you are only going to search Ontario Canada sites. This makes the results more accurate and country specific,” Rhoads said.

Search pages for each country contain related key words, historical background, languages, provinces, a map of the country, and a flag.

“These pages are a springboard for the development of our international community pages which will include information for experts in genealogy, family history, and specialists in historical documents for each country,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com. “Our content acquisition focus this year is on international vital records, and we are thrilled to be taking big steps outside of the United States.”

Individuals who would like to provide input as to countries for which they would like WorldVitalRecords.com to build a search engine site should send an email to international@worldvitalrecords.com.

11 International Genealogy Search Engines Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

11 International Genealogy Search Engines Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

WorldVitalRecords.com Takes Steps Toward Building International Communities

Provo, UT, January 25, 2007 – - International genealogy search engines for 11 different countries have been built at WorldVitalRecords.com to allow users to have a better experience searching for their ancestors throughout the world.

“We are really excited about these search engines. We have carefully scoured the Internet looking for the best genealogical resources for each of these countries,” said Brad Pace, VP Marketing, WorldVitalRecords.com.

International search engines have been set up at WorldVitalRecords.com for Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, Philippines, Tonga, Turkey, and Ukraine.

http://australia.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://austria.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://china.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://france.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://germany.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://india.worldvitalrecords.com

http://kenya.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://philippines.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://tonga.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://turkey.worldvitalrecords.com/

http://ukraine.worldvitalrecords.com/

“The purpose of these search engines is to help any genealogist at any level, from any country, find more information to further their research. Try it out. Search names, cemeteries, historical maps, traditions, cultures, histories, archives. Learn about traveling to the native land, native genealogy societies and look at other family trees,” said Amy Rhoads, Director Research and Development/Community Building.

In addition, WorldVitalRecords.com is rapidly building international search engines for Brazil, England, Ireland Japan, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. International search engine sites for these countries, along with others, will be launched soon at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Each search engine has been created to allow users to search the best genealogical sites for that country in English, as well as the native language.

“Our primary goal at WorldVitalRecords.com is to help people find the information about their ancestors that they need. If they can’t find it on our site, we will direct them to wherever that information may be located,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Each search engine is specific to the particular country. If you are on the Ontario Canada search engine, you are only going to search Ontario Canada sites. This makes the results more accurate and country specific,” Rhoads said.

Search pages for each country contain related key words, historical background, languages, provinces, a map of the country, and a flag.

“These pages are a springboard for the development of our international community pages which will include information for experts in genealogy, family history, and specialists in historical documents for each country,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com. “Our content acquisition focus this year is on international vital records, and we are thrilled to be taking big steps outside of the United States.”

Individuals who would like to provide input as to countries for which they would like WorldVitalRecords.com to build a search engine site should send an email to international@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.

WorldVitalRecords.com Reaches 5,000 Subscriber Milestone

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Reaches 5,000 Subscriber Milestone

Individuals From Than 120 Countries Have Visited WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, January 25, 2007 - – In just a few months since its launch, WorldVitalRecords.com has surpassed its first milestone of having 5,000 subscribers.

“Growing our subscriber base from the first subscriber on October 4, 2006 to over 5,000 in a matter of a few months is a great testimonial of the team of dedicated genealogists and technologists that we have at World Vital Records,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Since last month, WorldVitalRecords.com has also implemented its training program, with Georgeann Malowney as its director. WorldVitalRecords.com also continues to add at least one new database to its site each day.

“Through a combination of our great price, content, online resources, positive press reports, and word-of-mouth referrals we have become a very popular web site and have attracted users from all over the world,” Lifferth said.

WorldVitalRecords.com currently has more than 300 indexes online, and 200 more are scheduled to launch within the next month.

“The bulk of the upcoming content comes from the scanning project at the Everton Library, and the remaining content has been acquired from individual researchers and content providers,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, 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.

More Than 200 Issues of Everton’s Genealogical Helper Will Be Online For the First Time Exclusively at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

More Than 200 Issues of Everton’s Genealogical Helper Will Be Online For the First Time Exclusively at WorldVitalRecords.com

Approximately 10,000 pages of information of the Genealogical Helper to be available January 31st at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Provo, UT, January 25, 2007 – - For the first time ever, all of Everton’s Genealogical Helper issues, more than 10,000 pages, will be online January 31st at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Since 1947, long before the Web, Web 2.0, and community websites, Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine has been connecting family history researchers and printing their research results, offering an invaluable aid to millions of other researchers,” said Walter Fuller, President and Publisher, Everton Publishers.

The Genealogical Helper emphasizes content, continuing education, and research resources, for both professional genealogists and amateur family history researchers. Leland Meitzler, one of the founders of the genealogy industry, was recently named the managing editor of this magazine.

“This information, along with a wealth of highly informative articles, lists, book reviews, etc., has made the Helper the ‘bible’ of the industry for 60 years. We at Everton are extremely pleased that this data, in its entirety, will now be available through WorldVitalRecords.com,” Fuller said.

WorldVitalRecords.com is currently using optical character recognition (OCR) to index the Genealogical Helper issues from the past 60 years (1947-2007).

“The Genealogical Helper represents the modern era of genealogy research. We are pleased to include this valuable reference tool at WorldVitalRecords.com. So much of what we know today as genealogy research techniques have been introduced and defined in the Genealogical Helper, and there is a lot of great information on each page,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

In the past, Everton has only indexed the last ten years of the Genealogical Helper. Subscribers will soon have the opportunity to access more than 200 issues. Each issue contains up to 200 pages.

“This is a huge data set. The images are clear and readable and the OCR will be very accurate and usable to our readers. Instead of searching through thousands of pages to find a question your relative asked, you can perform a simple search and find the information you need in a matter of seconds,” said John Ivie, Senior Programmer, WorldVitalRecords.com.

The Everton Genealogical Helper collection will be housed in the Reference section at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Over a half a century of data, inquiries, book reviews, articles on family history and genealogy, as well as personal insight to research in the field, make this data set an invaluable collection for our subscribers,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, 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.

Six New Newspaper Databases Have Been Added to WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Newspaper databases from Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, Washington, and West Virginia have recently been updated to WorldVitalRecords.com. In addition, the Superior Express from Nebraska has been added to the site. These databases consist of nearly 2 million records.

Here are the specific titles and locations of the newspapers from SmallTownPapers®.

CO North Weld Herald (Eaton, Colorado) UPDATE
ID Power County Press (American Falls, Idaho) UPDATE
NC Spring Hope Enterprise (Spring Hope, North Carolina) UPDATE
NE Superior Express (Superior, Nebraska)
WA Othello Outlook (Othello, Washington) UPDATE
WV Spirit of Jefferson Farmer’s Advocate (Charles Town, West Virginia) UPDATE

Total Records: 665,984
Total Names: 1,997,952

More Than 200 Issues of Everton’s Genealogical Helper Will Be Online For the First Time Exclusively at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Approximately 10,000 pages of information of the Genealogical Helper to be available January 31st at WorldVitalRecords.com.

For the first time ever, all of Everton’s Genealogical Helper issues, more than 10,000 pages, will be online January 31st at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Since 1947, long before the Web, Web 2.0, and community websites, Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine has been connecting family history researchers and printing their research results, offering an invaluable aid to millions of other researchers,” said Walter Fuller, President and Publisher, Everton Publishers.

The Genealogical Helper emphasizes content, continuing education, and research resources, for both professional genealogists and amateur family history researchers. Leland Meitzler, one of the founders of the genealogy industry, was recently named the managing editor of this magazine.

“This information, along with a wealth of highly informative articles, lists, book reviews, etc., has made the Helper the ‘bible’ of the industry for 60 years. We at Everton are extremely pleased that this data, in its entirety, will now be available through WorldVitalRecords.com,” Fuller said.

WorldVitalRecords.com is currently using optical character recognition (OCR) to index the Genealogical Helper issues from the past 60 years (1947-2007).

“The Genealogical Helper represents the modern era of genealogy research. We are pleased to include this valuable reference tool at WorldVitalRecords.com. So much of what we know today as genealogy research techniques have been introduced and defined in the Genealogical Helper, and there is a lot of great information on each page,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

In the past, Everton has only indexed the last ten years of the Genealogical Helper. Subscribers will soon have the opportunity to access more than 200 issues. Each issue contains up to 200 pages.

“This is a huge data set. The images are clear and readable and the OCR will be very accurate and usable to our readers. Instead of searching through thousands of pages to find a question your relative asked, you can perform a simple search and find the information you need in a matter of seconds,” said John Ivie, Senior Programmer, WorldVitalRecords.com.

The Everton Genealogical Helper collection will be housed in the Reference section at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Over a half a century of data, inquiries, book reviews, articles on family history and genealogy, as well as personal insight to research in the field, make this data set an invaluable collection for our subscribers,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Making Your Experience Better At WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

At WorldVitalRecords.com, we are continually striving to make your experience the best it can possibly be. Recently we made a few changes to the site in an effort to make your searching experience easier and more enjoyable. Here are a few of the changes:

1. The login link has been moved to a more accessible place on the Web page, and is now located in the header on the center of the WorldVitalRecords.com home page (right above the Quick Search button). It is labeled “Member Login“.

2. After a member is logged in, the link text changes to say Welcome [First] [Last] name of the individual. Once the member has logged in, there is another blue button located on the top right, labeled, My Account page. At this page, individuals can update their account information (such as updating an address, changing a password, a phone number, etc.)

3. The layout of the Search box on the individual database page has been improved to enhance searching experience. It is cleaner and looks similar to the Global Search box.