Archive for March, 2007

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Provides More Than 10.2 Million Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Provides More Than 10.2 Million Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Passenger lists, ship arrivals, and military documents, including World War II army enlistment records, to be available at WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, March 21, 2007 – - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), one of the largest archives in the United States, has provided WorldVitalRecords.com with the first shipment of online genealogical records, including the Irish Famine passenger and ship records, World War II Army Enlistment Records, Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties records, and other military records, totaling more than 10.2 million records.

“For the family historian, this new and improved access to these lists makes research much easier. Previously available in a series of books, or lost at the National Archives database, this new edition provides greater search capacity, allowing researchers to find all possible immigrants with just a few keystrokes. In addition, the associated list of ship voyages will help confirm or refute family traditions, permitting a more accurate history of a family,” said Kory Meyerink, AG, FUGA, ProGenealogists, Inc.

The first shipment of the NARA records was launched March 16th and will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com until April 6. The World War II Army Enlistment records cover 1938 – 1946. This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. The Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties database includes 109,975 records from February 1950 to December 1953. The Records of Deceased, Wounded, Ill, or Injured Army Personnel, Including Dependents and Civilian Employees database covers January 1961 to December 1981 and contains 293, 858 records.

“WorldVitalRecords.com has been working with NARA to acquire these records for the past two months. The military records represent a great cross section of US military personnel from all 50 states who served in wars and conflicts around the world. Almost every family has been affected by war and have some ties to these records,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

The Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) database contains a list of 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York from 1846-1851, as well as the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of the passenger records list Ireland as the native country.

“About a million Irish immigrants left Ireland as a result of the Great Famine. Many Americans today are their descendants. Many have an interest in identifying their ancestor’s passenger arrival list and ship of arrival. This can be very difficult because Irish immigrants tend to have common names, and in the Famine period they tended to immigrate as single individuals rather than as family units. So it can be a challenge to know which ‘John Murphy’ or ‘Bridget Kelly’ was the ancestor. Being able to search the Famine era passenger lists with a relatively easy-to-use and flexible search engine would help mitigate this difficulty,” said Kyle Betit, professional genealogist, ProGenealogists, Inc.

These records contain information about immigrants, primarily from Ireland, but also include information on passenger arrivals from 32 additional countries including Canada, Brazil, Saint Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout Europe.

“The abstracting and indexing of the so-called ‘Famine’ immigrant passenger lists is a significant and useful tool for genealogical research. Considered the first of the great migration waves that arrived in the United States in the nineteenth century, these poor Irish immigrants changed not only their lives through their migration, but also changed the course of American history. The size of this new workforce helped propel America to the forefront of the industrial revolution. Many would later serve in the Union Army during the Civil War, adding great strength to the forces that eventually won that war,” Meyerink said.

At WorldVitalRecords.com, these NARA databases are part of a global search, allowing users to search all of the databases at one time. These records will also be enhanced with geomapping and the Google Book search features.

“We are very appreciative to NARA and the many individuals who helped to put these datasets together. We will continue to work with national and international archival organizations to provide greater access to vital records for genealogy enthusiasts worldwide,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

xxx

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. WorldVitalRecords.com was founded by Paul Allen, who also founded Ancestry.com, one of the leading genealogy companies. WorldVitalRecords.com aims to be a top player in the genealogy industry and will offer users international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, including Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files, a blog planet, podcasts, videocasts, Webinars, expert advice, training, and user-generated content

Dick Eastman Addresses DNA Use For Genealogical Research at BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference

Monday, March 19th, 2007

The Brigham Young University Computerized Genealogy Conference on March 16 and 17th was a great success. Employees at WorldVitalRecords.com attended the conference and also had a booth in the vendor area.

Dick Eastman was the keynote speaker. He began his address by discussing all the reasons why individuals perform genealogy. There are many answers which he provided, ranging from curiosity to religious duties, to individuals who have a desire to solve intriguing puzzles.

Eastman said that one of the main reasons people do genealogy is because humans have a curiosity to know about themselves, their origins and their beginnings. He said that as humans we want to find answers to questions such as, “Where did I come from? How did I end up being born where I was? What trials did my parents go through so that I could be born?”

According to Eastman, there are two types of genealogists:

  1. Name gatherers
  2. Family historians

Name gatherers are only interested in the names of the individuals. Family historians desire to have the whole story. They have a desire to understand how we are all related to each other and to see the big picture.

Genealogy and DNA

During the second half of Eastman’s presentation, he discussed advances in using DNA for genealogical research. DNA research provides markers that can be used to prove relationships. It does not provide names. For example, it will not show that John and Jack are brothers. However, it can show that the two are closely related. Eastman said it is definitely more accurate than reading an enumerator’s handwriting on a census record! DNA provides clues about medical conditions.

Eastman encouraged conference attendees to collect DNA information from living and/or recently deceased people. He closed by saying that because geneticists and genealogists work together — hundreds of people will have their lives prolonged and improved.

Ancestral Quest 12 Genealogy Software FREE (a $30 value) With Purchase of a 1 or 2 Year Subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, March 16th, 2007
For a limited time only, individuals who sign up for a one or two year subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com will receive a FREE download to Ancestral Quest 12 genealogy software ($30 value).
Ancestral Quest

Here is a description from Ancestral Quest of the product:

Ancestral Questâ„¢ is an exciting Windows program that makes it possible for anyone to do genealogy! It is easy-to-learn, fun to use and packed with powerful features.

Some Advantages of Ancestral Quest:

  • Ancestral Quest searches the three top genealogical database sites for you when a GEDCOM is uploaded.
  • Ability to easily view vital information for individual family members while on the Family page.
  • On the Individual Screen, a person is listed both as a child with parents and as a parent with his or her children (as applicable.)

Step-By-Step Instructions To Download Ancestral Quest:

  1. Purchase Ancestral Quest at WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Log in to WorldVitalRecords.com using your email address and password on Member Login from the home page.
  3. Click on the link for Ancestral Quest in your receipt email from WorldVitalRecords.com.
  4. You should see the registration key come up on the download page for the program subscription.
  5. Either write down the registration key and save it for typing in later, or copy it (CTRL+C) for pasting later.
  6. Go through the installation of Ancestral Quest. Fastest way to install it is simply to say Yes and/or to agree to the default settings.
  7. Before Ancestral Quest will let you use the program, it requires the registration key from step 5. Enter it now.


WorldVitalRecords.com Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day With 2 New Irish Databases from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, WorldVitalRecords.com will launch the following Irish databases on Friday, March 16th from NARA. These databases will be available FREE to access until March 25th.

(Note: The following database descriptions have been provided by NARA)


1. Passengers Who Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, created, 1977 – 1989, documenting the period 1/12/1846 – 12/31/1851

The Center for Immigration Research (CIR) at the Balch Institute created this series to promote access to information about immigrants from Ireland to the United States during the era of the Irish Potato Famine, 1846-1851. It was extracted from ship passenger lists in the records of the U.S. Customs Service (NARA Record Group 36).

Scope & Content Note:
These materials identify 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York, 1846-1851, and the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of the passenger records list Ireland as the native country. The other 32 countries include Canada, Brazil, Saint Croix, Russia, Morocco, the United States and countries throughout Europe. These records include passengers aboard ships with both Irish and non-Irish ports of embarkation for emigration to America.

The series consists of four electronic files. The primary file is the Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) that includes passenger lists with the personal names involved in this wave of immigration. Three additional files supplement it and serve as electronic code files. They are the Famine Irish Manifest Header File, the Famine Irish Port Code List and the Famine Irish Country Code List.

Each of the FIPAS records contains data on a passenger and may include name, age, town of last residence, destination, passenger arrival date, and codes for passenger’s sex, occupation, literacy, native country, transit status, travel compartment, passenger port of embarkation, and the identification number for the ship manifest.

2. List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine, 1/12/1846 – 12/31/1851

The List of Ships that Arrived at the Port of New York During the Irish Famine contains Manifest Identifier Number, Ship Name, Code for Ship Port of Embarkation and Ship Arrival Date and the number of passengers.

We Hope to See Everyone at the 2007 Computerized Genealogy Conference March 16-17th

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Employees at WorldVitalRecords.com are excited to attend the 2007 Computerized Genealogy Conference March 16-17th. The conference will be located at the Brigham Young University Conference Center in Provo, Utah. Some of the speakers at the conference will include notable genealogists such as Dick Eastman, Kory L. Meyerink, and Alan Mann.

Strengthening Ties That Binds Families Together Forever is the theme of the conference. Presenters will address various topics such as genealogy sources, electronic resources, genealogy software, working with various databases, etc.

WorldVitalRecords.com will have a booth in the vendor area. We will have a great offer for conference participants.

The conference center has currently reached its capacity limit. Individuals who still wish to attend may attend presentations on Friday and Saturday evening. More details are available here:

Sponsors for the conference include the BYU Religious Education, BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, BYU Computer Science Department, LDS Family History Library, BYU History Department, and BYU Division of Continuing Education.

Families Find Personal Connections Through Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Families Find Personal Connections Through Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Lesser known, yet important genealogical accounts link families to previously inaccessible resources

Provo, UT, March 15, 2007 - – Imagine searching for years for information about a great uncle, exhausting resources and not knowing where to turn for help. Then one day, you attend a genealogy conference and learn that all 60 years of the Everton’s Genealogical Helper and the Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets are now online, and this uncle just happens to be located amongst these records. Not only is his name there, but also a collection of names that include his children you never knew existed, as well as each of their vital records.

This is just one example of how many individuals throughout the world are finding connections to their families through the Everton’s Genealogical Helper and more than 150,000 Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets, totaling more than 1.8 million records from 1700 to 1930. These pedigree files and family group sheets are exclusive to WorldVitalRecords.com and are no longer available at Everton.

“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.

Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and the Family Group Sheets and Pedigree File collection have been compiled by thousands of people and are benefiting the lives of many.

“Since we launched the Everton Genealogical Helper archive and the Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheet collection, they have quickly become our most popular subscription databases, based on our page view analytics. They are only slightly behind our most popular dataset, the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), which is free to all users,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Another genealogy enthusiast from Annandale, Virginia recently shared a success story with WorldVitalRecords.com relating to how she found information pertaining to her family members by accessing Everton’s Genealogical Helper .

“I never suspected that my family would actually be in Everton’s Genealogical Helper online at WorldVitalRecords.com. My family’s last name is really uncommon and basically everyone in the US who has my last name is related to me. Finding even three hits in the Genealogical Helper was just a miracle for me because I have been looking for years for information and I thought I had covered all my bases, and more than that, I thought I would have to do research onsite to keep going.”

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.

“We are pleased to house these records at WorldVitalRecords.com and are thrilled that so many people are finding long lost connections to their loved ones. 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 50 years and from each state. This is original, interactive, community generated, genealogical research, and will be an extremely valuable addition to the WorldVitalRecords.com databases,” said Walter Fuller, President and Publisher, Everton Publishers.

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.

“If you go back to 1947, and someone is talking about their great, great grandfather, then most likely, you have an original account that goes back 100-200 years. That is the glory of genealogical periodicals, you can go back that far and see original accounts of your loved ones. Having records from someone who is already deceased, someone is related to you, whether you realize it or not, is beyond its worth in money, it’s priceless,” said Amanda Forson, Genealogical Consultant, WorldVitalRecords.com.

xxx

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. WorldVitalRecords.com was founded by Paul Allen, who also founded Ancestry.com, one of the leading genealogy companies. WorldVitalRecords.com aims to be a top player in the genealogy industry and will offer users international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, including Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files, a blog planet, podcasts, videocasts, Webinars, expert advice, training, and user-generated content.

55 New Newspapers and Updates to WorldVitalRecords.com – Hartford News and Hancock News: First newspapers launched at WorldVitalRecords.com from Connecticut and Maryland

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched six new newspapers and updated 49 newspapers. All of these newspapers come from SmallTownPapers® and are free to access.

The Hartford News from Hartford, Connecticut is the first newspaper WorldVitalRecords.com has launched on its site from Connecticut.

WorldVitalRecords.com also just launched its first newspaper on its site from Maryland. This newspaper is the Hancock News from Hancock, Maryland.

Below are the links to access each of these newspaper datasets.

CA Gridley Herald (Gridley, California) UPDATE
CA Julian News (Julian, California) UPDATE
CA Feather River Bulletin (Quincy, California) UPDATE
CA Independent Coast Observer (Gualala, California) UPDATE
CA Indian Valley Record (Greenville, California) UPDATE
CO Haxtun-Flemming Herald (Haxtun, Colorado) UPDATE
CT Hartford News (Hartford, Connecticut)
FL Heritage Florida Jewish News (Fern Park, Florida) UPDATE
GA Harris County Journal (Hamilton, Georgia) UPDATE
GA Hogansville Home News (Hogansville, Georgia) UPDATE
GA Jones County News (Gray, Georgia) UPDATE
IA Harlan News-Advertiser (Harlan, Iowa) UPDATE
IA Harlan Tribune (Harlan, Iowa) UPDATE
IA Kalona News (Kalona, Iowa) UPDATE
IA N. Warren Town & County News (Norwalk, Iowa)
ID Genesee News (Genesee, Idaho) UPDATE
ID Island Park News (Island Park, Idaho) UPDATE
KS Alma Signal (Alma, Kansas)
KS Johnson Pioneer (Johnson, Kansas) UPDATE
KS Kiowa News (Kiowa, Kansas) UPDATE
KS Alma Enterprise (Alma, Kansas)
KS Jewell County Record (Mankato, Kansas) UPDATE
KY Harrodsburg Herald (Harrodsburg, Kentucky) UPDATE
KY Hart County’s News-Herald (Horse Cave, Kentucky) UPDATE
LA Gonzales Weekly (Gonzales, Louisiana) UPDATE
LA Jena Times (Jena, Louisiana) UPDATE
MA Hometown News (Norton, Massachusetts) UPDATE
MD Hancock News (Hancock, Maryland) UPDATE
MN Hendricks Pioneer (Hendricks, Minnesota) UPDATE
MN Ivanhoe Times (Ivanhoe, Minnesota) UPDATE
MS Holmes County Herald (Lexington, Mississippi) UPDATE
ND Golden Valley News (Beach, North Dakota) UPDATE
NH Hollis Brookline Journal (Hollis, New Hampshire) UPDATE
NM Independent (Edgewood, New Mexico) UPDATE
OK Heavener Ledger (Heavener, Oklahoma) UPDATE
OR Hells Canyon Journal (Halfway, Oregon) UPDATE
OR Heppner Gazette-Times (Heppner, Oregon) UPDATE
SC Star Reporter (Columbia, South Carolina)
SC Horry Independent (Conway, South Carolina) UPDATE
SD Hartford “Area” News (Hartford, South Dakota) UPDATE
SD Homboldt Journal (Humboldt, South Dakota) UPDATE
SD Hutchinson Herald (Menno, South Dakota) UPDATE
SD Isabel Dakotan (Isabel, South Dakota) UPDATE
TX Free Press (Buda, Texas) UPDATE
TX Grand Saline Sun (Grand Saline Sun, Texas) UPDATE
UT Bear River Valley Leader (Tremonton City, Utah)
VA King George Journal (King George, Virginia) UPDATE
VA Westmoreland Journal (Westmoreland, Virginia) UPDATE
VT Journal Opinion (Bradford, Vermont) UPDATE
WA Goldendale Sentinel (Goldendale, Washington) UPDATE
WV Brooke News (Wellsburg, West Virginia)
WV Glenville Democrat (Glenville, West Virginia) UPDATE
WV Grant County Press (Petersburg, West Virginia) UPDATE
WY Greybull Standard (Greybull, Wyoming) UPDATE
WY High Plains Sentinel (Wright, Wyoming) UPDATE

Google Books Search Results Now Integrated with WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Search through millions of books on WorldVitalRecords to find information about your ancestors

Provo, UT, March 12, 2007 -Google Books search results are now integrated with WorldVitalRecords.com search results. With this addition,researchers can search millions of out of print books from libraries around the world to find valuable information about family members.

“We feel fortunate to be able to use Google’s technology and their investment in book scanning to bring genealogy and historical content to our customers. With plans to scan millions of volumes, this is one of the greatest online genealogy research tools ever created,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Google Books Adds Millions of Books to WorldVitalRecord.com Search Results

Each Google book is free to access if it is public domain content, out of copyright, or if the publisher or shareholder has given permission for the book to be accessible for free. These online books are downloadable and can be saved, and printed as a PDF file. All of the books came from publishers and libraries.

“There are millions of public domain books that are extremely valuable and rare. Many of these books are extremely valuable to genealogists because of their historical personal data. They are not just English books. They are books from all over the world. We are including them in our global search results at WorldvitalRecords.com. We consider this a huge edition to our online collection,” Lifferth said.

Each online book contains a section that lists bibliographic information, such as the title, author, subject and publication. Full text of some of the books is available at WorldVitalRecords.com. Other searches contain links that the user can click on to buy or borrow the book. Many individuals have tried out the search and have discovered links to their past through these Google books.

Connect to Ancestors with Information from Google Books

“I have a famous ancestor named Richard Pace who came from England in the 1500’s. He was an English diplomat of the Tudor period. I was curious to see if I could find information for him at WorldVitalRecords.com. I did one search for him and found a lot of actual letters that he had written to various cardinals. I was fascinated by the information I found on him and felt a connection to him that I had never felt before. It was really exciting,” said Brad Pace, VP Marketing, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Searching for ancestors in these books at WorldVitalRecords.com is easy and is accessible. Simply type in the name of a person into the search box. Any books that contain matches for the individual will appear in the online reference collection, along with the results from our other online databases.

WorldVitalRecords.com is constantly looking for solutions to help its members connect with their families using the best research tools.

Small Resources Providing Clues to Elusive Ancestors

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

There is a small business that several years ago began publishing information derived from very unique, printed resources. The company is Genealogy Today and it now has over two million names online, mostly from very small documents and books.

Believing that no ancestor should be left behind, this company has been collecting rare and out of print documents for the past five years. The items are carefully scanned, transcribed and sourced for researchers. Finding an ancestor in this collection is easy since the information is fully indexed. It’s also been hand-transcribed and verified for accuracy.

Take for example the 1887 graduation of the First District School in Willimantic, Connecticut. There were only THREE graduates: Jennie Walker, Deloraine Conant or Amos Hammond. You won’t find this kind of information on the larger database sites.

This is just one of thousands of the resources available online at Genealogy Today, with hundreds more added every month. Included in their collection are many vital records, deaths and marriages, from around the country. While a majority of the information is from the 1820’s to 1920’s, some of the resources go back into the 1700’s.

In addition to school records, you’ll find church records, Masonic lodge rosters, funeral cards (with images), railroad employment records, WWII ration book images, orphanage residents, and member lists from numerous clubs, societies and business associations, many of which are quite obscure like the Improved Order of Heptasophs.

While most genealogy companies promote the “hugeness” of their databases, Genealogy Today is quite content to be focused on capturing ancestors from lost and often forgotten resources. They’re flagship database, Family Tree Connection, is subscription based, but they offer a free preview of the name indexes.

Bring all of your brick-wall ancestors to Genealogy Today and see if they’re hiding in the small resources they’ve transcribed. Even if you think you’re family tree is “complete,” you may find additional information about your ancestors that will give you better insight into their lives.

How Do I Find Ancestors Who Immigrated to the United States From Canada?

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Canadian Censuses Aid User Searches

A user called in with a question about where to find ancestors who immigrated to the United States from Canada. The ancestors were from Ontario from the early twentieth century. The first thing I recommended to her since she did not know where in Ontario her relatives were from, was to check the Canadian 1911 Census online at http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/Test4.jsp, available in both English and French.

The 1911 Census includes surname-searchable results for all the provinces of Canada for the time period. Also on this site from Automated Genealogy is the 1906 census for three prairie provinces, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Last though not least is the 1901 census, with information from: British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec The Territories.

This particular user had no idea where in Ontario she should turn for aid in progressing with her family history research. Had I not been introduced to this site by a friend and a professor from ages past, she would still not know where to look to find a quick hit faster. Thank goodness for her that these censuses are available.

Information like this could really help other users. If there are possible sources that you would like to contribute to WorldVitalRecords.com, feel free to send an email to vvette@worldvitalrecords.com, and she will contact you for further information.