Archive for February, 2007

Report on the St. George Genealogy and Family History Jamboree

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007


Shown above: David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com

The St. George Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree was wonderful. Many of our current subscribers and friends were in attendance. It was great to get to know them and to spend some time with many genealogy enthusiasts, such as Barbara Renick (Key note speaker), Kip Sperry (Associate Director of the Brigham Young University Center for Family History and Genealogy, and professor) Dick Eastman (writer – Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter), Richard Black (Director at the Godfrey Memorial Library), and Tom Kemp (Director, Genealogy Products at NewsBank). While at the conference, several individuals shared some of their genealogical experiences with us. David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com recalls some of these experiences:

“I had a lady stop by the WorldVitalRecords.com booth. She said that there was a great uncle that they had lost track of and had no genealogy information on him. She had tried to find any record of his existence without success. She was overwhelmed when I did a search for him in our global search and found a completely filled out family group sheet in the Everton Family Group Sheet collection on her great uncle including his children that she never new existed. I emailed the links to those Family Group sheets to her.”

“Another individual was a volunteer in the Washington County PAF Users Group. I told him about our relationship with Everton and how we have 60 years of the Everton Genealogical Helper on our site. He said that he is a professional genealogist, and that he had advertised in the Helper in the 1980’s. I typed in his name and found his advertisements. He was amazed and bought a subscription.”

We also wanted to thank Mary Lifferth for her help at the conference. She is wonderful and we really appreciate her time and effort.

Update on WorldVitalRecords.com’s Newspaper Selection

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com’s newspaper selection is growing at a rapid pace. Currently, SmallTownPapers® has partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to bring more than 160 newspapers to its site, with many more on the way. WorldVitalRecords.com has newspapers indexes for 32 states!

Some of the common features of these online newspaper databases include sharing newspapers with others, highlighting text, zooming in and out, searching page by page or looking for a specific name or topic, etc.

Here are some of the latest newspaper databases from SmallTownPapers®

CA Gridley Herald (Gridley, California)
MN Hendricks Pioneer (Hendricks, Minnesota)
MO Excelsior Springs Standard (Excelsior Springs, Missouri)
MS Holmes County Herald (Lexington, Mississippi)
OR Heppner Gazette-Times (Heppner, Oregon)
TX Edgewood Enterprise (Edgewood, Texas)

SmallTownPapers® is currently producing 20-million pages of small-town newspaper content from across the United States.

History of the Presbyterian Church in Canada DataBase Available Tomorrow

Monday, February 12th, 2007

History of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be available tomorrow (February 13, 2007) at WorldVitalRecords.com. The volume focuses primarily on the history of the Presbyterian Church in its early beginnings in Canada (up to 1834).

The database contains brief biographical sketches of nearly all of the Presbyterian ministers who labored in the Dominion previous to 1835. This database will be FREE to access until February 23st.

In addition, WorldVitalRecords.com launched its first database from Hawaii. This newspaper database, The Molokai Dispatch (Kaunakakai, Hawaii), contains nearly 16,000 records.

30 International Genealogy Community Pages Available FREE to Access at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, February 9th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Broadens its International Focus and Assists Users in Finding the Best Links To Access Information About Their Ancestors

International genealogy community pages have been built for 30 countries and are FREE to access at WorldVitalRecords.com.

On January 26, 2007, WorldVitalRecords.com made an announcement about the 11 international pages it had launched. Now two weeks later, WorldVitalRecords.com has launched 19 more international pages with additional pages to follow.

“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.

The international pages are FREE and SIMPLE to access. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com. Click on International in the top header in the middle of the page. Click on the country page you wish to access.

Currently each country page contains a custom search engine which can be used to access the top genealogical and family history Web sites related to that country. Keywords related to the country historical background, languages, provinces, map of country, and a flag are also available.

Individuals who wish to submit a link for a particular country or 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.

Everton Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com to Make Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets Available Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Everton Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com to Make Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets Available Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

More than 150,000 pedigree files and family group sheets with more than 1.8 million records now accessible at WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, February 9, 2007 – - Progenitors of the original contributors to the Everton pedigree files and family group collection, and the general public, will now have access at WorldVitalRecords.com to more than 150,000 pedigree files and family group sheets.

“We are pleased to house these records at WorldVitalRecords.com. Everton’s family group sheets and pedigree files contain over 1,500,000 names, and a wealth of valuable family history research conducted over the past fifty years. This is original, interactive, community generated, genealogical research, and will be an extremely valuable addition to the WorldVitalRecords.com databases. Working with WorldVitalRecords.com has been very beneficial and rewarding for us,” said Walter Fuller, President and Publisher, Everton Publishers.

In the very early 1980’s, Everton Publishers was one of the few companies in the field that compiled genealogy data and made it available to the public. Between 1977 and 2000, they invited individuals from all over the world to submit family group sheets and pedigree files.

“These original forms have been preserved, digitized, indexed and are now available at World Vital Records. Granted, these are a secondary source, but the submitter’s name, address, and date of submission is found on nearly every document. Loaded with clues to family relationships, you may find your ancestors among the 150,000+ documents now online,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers.

The Everton pedigree files and family group sheets contain more than 1.8 million records ranging from 1700 to 1930. These pedigree files and family group sheets are exclusive to WorldVitalRecords.com and are no longer available at Everton.

“This collection will serve as a foundation for our upcoming global pedigree chart product that will be released later this year,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “These records and family group sheets add tremendous value to our site. There are informational tidbits that are intrinsically valuable on each page. The names are indexed, which allows for incredibly fast and easy searches.”

The family group sheets contain records from all 50 states. Each record contains vital information such as birth, marriage, death, location, place, etc.

“The family group sheets are a significant contribution to our growing user generated content set. WorldVitalRecords.com will soon offer a service to allow subscribers to upload their own family history content, including pedigree files and family group sheets, to our site and merge them with existing pedigrees and collections,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

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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.

Everton Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com to Make Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets Available Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

More than 150,000 pedigree files and family group sheets with more than 1.8 million records now accessible at WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, February 8, 2007 – - Progenitors of the original contributors to the Everton pedigree files and family group collection, and the general public, will now have access at WorldVitalRecords.com to more than 150,000 pedigree files and family group sheets.

“We are pleased to house these records at WorldVitalRecords.com. Everton’s family group sheets and pedigree files contain over 1,500,000 names, and a wealth of valuable family history research conducted over the past fifty years. This is original, interactive, community generated, genealogical research, and will be an extremely valuable addition to the WorldVitalRecords.com databases. Working with WorldVitalRecords.com has been very beneficial and rewarding for us,” said Walter Fuller, President and Publisher, Everton Publishers.

In the very early 1980’s, Everton Publishers was one of the few companies in the field that compiled genealogy data and made it available to the public. Between 1977 and 2000, they invited individuals from all over the world to submit family group sheets and pedigree files.

“These original forms have been preserved, digitized, indexed and are now available at World Vital Records. Granted, these are a secondary source, but the submitter’s name, address, and date of submission is found on nearly every document. Loaded with clues to family relationships, you may find your ancestors among the 150,000+ documents now online,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers.

The Everton pedigree files and family group sheets contain more than 1.8 million records1700 to 1930. These pedigree files and family group sheets are exclusive to WorldVitalRecords.com and are no longer available at Everton. ranging from

“This collection will serve as a foundation for our upcoming global pedigree chart product that will be released later this year,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “These records and family group sheets add tremendous value to our site. There are informational tidbits that are intrinsically valuable on each page. The names are indexed, which allows for incredibly fast and easy searches.”

The family group sheets contain records from all 50 states. Each record contains vital information such as birth, marriage, death, location, place, etc.

“The family group sheets are a significant contribution to our growing user generated content set. WorldVitalRecords.com will soon offer a service to allow subscribers to upload their own family history content, including pedigree files and family group sheets, to our site and merge them with existing pedigrees and collections,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

WorldVitalRecords.com Posts New Databases From Seven States

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched 8 new databases from seven states including Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Washington, and West Virginia. Each of these newspaper databases is FREE to access.

Here is a list containing the titles, city, and state of each newspaper from SmallTownPapers®

AL Clay News (Clay, Alabama)
AZ Copper Basin News (Kearny, Arizona
ID Aberdeen Times (Aberdeen, Idaho)
NH Bedford Journal (Bedford, New Hampshire)
NH Cabinet (Milford, New Hampshire)
OK Boise City News (Boise City, Oklahoma)

WA Coulee City News & Hartline Standard (Coulee City, Washington)
WV Brooke County Review (Wellsburg, West Virginia)

Everton Pedigree and Family Group Sheets Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, February 5th, 2007

More than 150,000 pedigree and family group sheets from Everton’s Online Library are now accessible at WorldVitalRecords.com. These pedigree and family group sheets are exclusive to WorldVitalRecords.com and are no longer available at Everton.

View the Pedigree and Family Group sheets.

The Pedigree and Family Group sheets contain more than 1.8 million records ranging from 1700 to 1930. The family group sheets contain more than 1 million names from all 50 states. Each record contains vital information such as birth, marriage, death, location, place, etc.

Searching Russian Records

Monday, February 5th, 2007

By Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

Question. Please explain to me what the statement listed below means. I am interested in being able to search Russian records, how do I do that?

“When searching for Russians, there are records available via ordering from the GSU, such as the 1897 Russian Census and a Jewish-specific census. As already mentioned, utilizing ethnic genealogical societies can be helpful when searching for people from particular countries such as Poland. Many different ethnic genealogical societies are digitizing records, and/or regularly aid researchers in personal studies.”

Answer. The GSU is the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. GSU stands for Genealogical Society of Utah. The microfilming efforts of the GSU have taken them all over the world, including to Russia. Their online catalog at www.familysearch.org displays records for Russia including 602 rolls of microfilm pertaining to a major census done that included all of Russia in 1897.

To find the Russian census of interest to you, you will need to go to the Library Tab of familysearch.org, and then to the Family History Library Catalog. Do a Place Search for Russia, and then click on Census, and the 1897 census rolls will come up. This census took over a decade in planning so that everyone would be included, and is probably one of the best cultural, statistical, and demographic snapshots for Russia for that period.

To order these or other films from the GSU, first look up the location of your local Family History Center. The Family History Library is the main genealogical library for the LDS Church, but instead of having to go to Utah, a person can look at films by ordering them into their local branch location of this library. From familysearch.org, go to their Library Tab, and then click on Family History Centers. Choose any country where you are wondering whether or not there is a family history center, or (an example for our American readers) United States of America, Michigan, Ann Arbor and the following location comes up:

Ann Arbor Michigan
525 E Woodland Dr
Saline, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
Phone: 734-944-4789
Hours: M, Th, Sat, 10am-2pm; T, Th 6pm-9pm
If trying to check for an international location such as Tokyo, Japan, the following would come up:

Tokyo Japan South (English)
5-10-30 Minami Azabu
Minato-ku
Tokyo, Japan
Phone: 81-3-3440-2764
Hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Closed: Sat-Sun,holiday

Russian genealogical records are also available online at http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/russia/index.html, as are Russian and Eastern European family history societies: http://www.genealogia.ru/en/main/, http://feefhs.org/.

These are some places to help you get started. Granted, knowledge of Cyrillic and basic Russian would also help tremendously, but looking over these sources and familiarizing yourself with how the records are set up, especially basic genealogical words and phrases in Russian such as for house, mother, father, etc. will help you get started.

First Gazetteer and Business Directory Published at WorldVitalRecords.com From Vermont

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com’s two most recent databases include VT Gazetteer and Business Directory of Chittenden, Vermont 1882 – 1883 and DeJarnette and Allied Families in America 1699 – 1954 .

The Vermont Gazetteer and Business Directory is the first database WorldVitalRecords.com has posted from Vermont and is also the first business directory from the United States that WorldVitalRecords.com has published. Both of these databases were scanned and indexed from the Everton Genealogical Library in Logan, Utah.

VT Gazetteer and Business Directory of Chittenden, Vermont 1882 – 1883 contains more than 17,700 records.The database includes names, professions, and addresses. The database was compiled and published by Hamilton Child in August 1882 and will be available FREE until February 9!

DeJarnette and Allied Families in America 1699 – 1954 index contains more than 16,500 records pertaining to birth, death, marriage and other rich historical data on the DeJarnette family. This database will be available FREE until February 10!