Archive for April, 2007

New Parish Records: Ellenhall, Burslem, Tatenhill, Wolstanton, Barton-under-Needwood, Castle Church, Cressage, Ford, and Trentham

Monday, April 30th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently released the following parish records for Ellenhall, Burslem, Tatenhill, Wolstanton, Barton-under-Needwood, Castle Church, Cressage, Ford, and Trentham.

Some of the databases are free to access until May 6th, while others will be free to access until May 4th.

Click on the links below to view the databases
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Ellenhall Parish Registers (Free Until May 6, 2007)
Ellenhall is situated about 6.5 miles north west of Stafford, in the Hundred of Pirehill South, in the Archdeaconry of Stoke-on-Trent and Diocese of Lichfield. The Registers contain the baptism, marriage and burial records for the years 1539-1812. They also contain an index to the Registers. This database is from the Everton Library Colllection.

Burslem Parish Registers, Volume 3 (Free Until May 6, 2007)
The Burslem Parish Register contains baptism, marriage, and burial records. Part 3 contains records for the years 1809-1812. It also contains the index for all of the Burslem Registers. Burslem is in North Staffordshire. It is on the Trent and Mersey Canal. It is an ancient Chapelry and occurs in Domesday as Barcardeslim and in various records and charters as Borewardeslyme, Burewardesley-lime, Burwardeslime, Burwareslem, and Burdeslem.

Tatenhill Parish Register, Volume 2
(Free Until May 6, 2007)
Tatenhill(Taten or Tate’s Hill) is a Rectory in the Deanery of Tutbury, and once included the townships of Barton-under-Needwood, Wichnor and Dunstall, the Hamlet of Callingwood or Chalengewode (Boscum Calumpniatum), part of Needwood Forest, and the District of Highlands Park. Volume 2 contains births, marriage, and death records from 1563-1812.

Wolstanton Parish Registers 1769 – 1812, Volume 2 (Free Until May 6, 2007)
The village of Wolstanton lies in the north-west of Staffordshire, about a mile and a half of the ancient borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Part 1 of the Registers contains a record of the baptisms before death (B.b.d.), marriages, and burials for the years 1769-1812. It also contains the index for all of the Wolstantson Parish Registers.

Burslem Parish Registers 1761 – 1809, Volume 2
Free Until (May 5, 2007)
The Burslem Parish Register contains baptism, marriage, and burial records for the years 1761-1809. Burslem is in North Staffordshire. It is on the Trent and Mersey Canal. It is an ancient Chapelry and occurs in Domesday as Barcardeslim and in various records and charters as Borewardeslyme, Burewardesley-lime, Burwardeslime, Burwareslem, and Burdeslem.

Index to Barton-under-Needwood Parish Register (Free Until May 4, 2007)
Barton-under-Needwood is in the Deanery of Tutbury. It contains the index for baptism, marriage, and burial records. Some of the family names contained in the registers are: Holland, Grane, Allsopp, Duddell, Hanson, Webb, Whiteing, Cranidge or Cranage, Fox, Penifather, and Few.

Castle Church Parish Registers, Volume 2, Part 2 (Free Until May 4, 2007)
The registers of Castle Church, Stafford contain baptism, marriage and burial records. Among the more noted families mentioned in the registers are the following: Aston, Barbor, Berington, Bickerton,Dovey of Ricarscote, Drakeford of Forbridge, Eardswick, Fowler, Harcourt, Hevey, Littleton, Macclesfield, Pursley, Stafford, Thorley, Whitgreave. This database is from the Everton Library Collection.

Cressage Parish Registers 1605 – 1812
(Free Until May 4, 2007)
These registers contain almost all baptisms and only eleven marriages. The other marriages and burials for the area can be found in the Cound Registers. Some names of interest found in the registry are: Fowler, Shaw, Hayward, Blakeway, Dager, Langley, etc. This database is from the Everton Library Collection.

Ford Parish Registers 1569 – 1812
(Free Until May 4, 2007)
Ford is a village and small Parish. In 1676 it possessed 88 inhabitants above the age of 16. The Register contains the baptism, marriage, and burial records for the Parish. The register covers the years 1569-1812. This database is from the Everton Library Collection.

Trentham Parish Registers 1558 – 1744, Volume 1 (Free Until May 4, 2007)
The Parish of Trentham from its earliest times up to 1841 comprised the area covered by the modern ecclesiastical parishes of Trentham, Blurton, Hanford, Dresden, and part of Normacot and Butterton. The registers contain the baptism, marriage and burial records for all of those areas prior to 1841. Volume 1 contains the records from 1558 to 1744.

Upload Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates, Wills, and Letters Now to FamilyLink.com

Monday, April 30th, 2007

FamilyLink.com just added a new feature to its Ancestor Pages. Users can now upload birth, death, and marriage certificates, as well as wills, letters, and obituaries. Uploading photos has been an option since its launch 1.5 weeks ago.

The Ancestor Pages are created for individuals to upload information about their ancestors. FamilyLink users can view the pages and can also contribute.

View the Ancestor Pages by clicking on My Ancestors located on the top of each page at FamilyLink.com.

All of these features are available FREE at FamilyLink.com. Sign up for a FREE account now!

FamilyLink: New Genealogy Collaboration Web Site Rapidly “Links” People at a Whole New Level

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

FamilyLink: New Genealogy Collaboration Web Site Rapidly “Links” People at a Whole New Level

Geographic and language barriers minimized to improve genealogy research with launch of FamilyLink

Provo, UT, April 18, 2007 –FamilyLink, the newest social genealogy networking Web site created to rapidly link people across the world launched today.

“The recent surge in social networking sites demonstrates the need for people to connect around diverse types of interests” said Michael Tanne, Founder and CEO of Wink, a People Search Engine. FamilyLink provides a perfect venue for families, genealogists and family historians to share their common interests and heritage as they connect with one another and upload their photos, family tree, and family history.”

FamilyLink has been created to facilitate genealogists in working together in ways that have never been attempted before in the genealogy world with a tool that is easy to use and understand.

“During the early years of Ancestry and MyFamily, I could hardly sleep. I was so excited about what we were building. I feel the same way about FamilyLink,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Using FamilyLink, geographic and language barriers are minimized as individuals connect with their loved ones, research their family history, and preserve memories.

“For the first time ever, if I’m looking for an ancestor in a particular part of the world, I’ll be a click away from the expert researchers who live there, and from others who have done research there,” Allen said.

FamilyLink users can view the profiles of other individuals, communicate with individuals who have researched or are currently researching in their area of interest through the City Link feature, meet new individuals who also participate in the service, share photos, genealogical information, and post comments.

“One thing that is really interesting right now is that there really is nothing out there on the Web to help someone who lived in a certain city gather information from another city, unless they fly there. The need for this type of social networking definitely exists. FamilyLink allows people who are in different cities to connect with each other in an amazing way,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com.

Additional features include a news feed system, Ancestor Pages, announcements pages, email features, shared connections between WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com, and will soon include a family tree.

“Putting FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com together is a great way to preserve, share, and grow your family tree,” said Barbara Renick, professional genealogist, nationally known lecturer, and author.

In the past genealogists were able to make connections with other genealogists. However to do so required a lot of time, and effort, two scarce resources for genealogists. FamilyLink is a tool that connects people in such a way that it makes everyone and everything more efficient, and will become even better as people join the site.

“As with other social networks, the more people that use FamilyLink, the more useful it will become to everyone else. So we invite you to join and encourage others to join as well, so that we will soon have members in all of the cities of the world–all helping each other to find and preserve their heritage,” Allen said.

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FamilyLink Has Launched!!! – Sign up For a FREE Account Now at FamilyLink.com

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007
FamilyLink

FamilyLink: New Genealogy Collaboration Web Site Rapidly “Links” People at a Whole New Level
Geographic and language barriers minimized to improve genealogy research with launch of FamilyLink

FamilyLink, the newest social genealogy networking Web site created to rapidly link people across the world launched today!

“The recent surge in social networking sites demonstrates the need for people to connect around diverse types of interests” said Michael Tanne, Founder and CEO of Wink, a People Search Engine, FamilyLink provides a perfect venue for families, genealogists and family historians to share their common interests and heritage as they connect with one another and upload their photos, family tree, and family history.”

FamilyLink has been created to facilitate genealogists in working together in ways that have never been attempted before in the genealogy world with a tool that is easy to use and understand.

“During the early years of Ancestry and MyFamily, I could hardly sleep. I was so excited about what we were building. I feel the same way about FamilyLink,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Using FamilyLink, geographic and language barriers are minimized as individuals connect with their loved ones, research their family history, and preserve memories.

“For the first time ever, if I’m looking for an ancestor in a particular part of the world, I’ll be a click away from the expert researchers who live there, and from others who have done research there,” Allen said.

FamilyLink users can view the profiles of other individuals, communicate with individuals who have researched or are currently researching in their area of interest through the City Link feature, meet new individuals who also participate in the service, share photos, genealogical information, and post comments.

“One thing that is really interesting right now is that there really is nothing out there on the Web to help someone who lived in a certain city gather information from another city, unless they fly there. The need for this type of social networking definitely exists. FamilyLink allows people who are in different cities to connect with each other in an amazing way,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com.

Additional features include a news feed system, Ancestor Pages, announcements pages, email features, shared connections between WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com, and will soon include a family tree.

“Putting FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com together is a great way to preserve, share, and grow your family tree,” said Barbara Renick, professional genealogist, nationally known lecturer, and author.

In the past genealogists were able to make connections with other genealogists. However to do so required a lot of time, and effort, two scarce resources for genealogists. FamilyLink is a tool that connects people in such a way that it makes everyone and everything more efficient, and will become even better as people join the site.

“As with other social networks, the more people that use FamilyLink, the more useful it will become to everyone else. So we invite you to join and encourage others to join as well, so that we will soon have members in all of the cities of the world–all helping each other to find and preserve their heritage,” Allen said.

Representative Men and Families of Rhode Island, Volume 3 Now Live

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume 3 is WorldVitalRecords.com’s newest database, which will be FREE to access until April 26th.

This database contains more than 84,000 genealogical records of prominent and representative citizens of Rhode Island. It also contains records of many of the families who lived in this state.

The historical sketches contain a variety of biographical information such as military service, business and political affiliations, information about family members, vital records, and more. Photos and illustrations are also included in the database.

FamilyLink (New Genealogy Collaboration Web Site) Launch TOMORROW (April 18th)!!!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007


FamilyLink, the newest social genealogy networking Web site created to rapidly link people across the world will have its beta launch tomorrow (Wednesday, April 18)! FamilyLink will be absolutely FREE to access. Users can view the profiles of other individuals, communicate with individuals who have researched or are currently researching in their area of interest through the City Link feature, meet new individuals who also participate in the service, share photos, genealogical information, and post comments. (Read more information in the press release tomorrow.)

Additional features include a news feed system, Ancestor Pages, announcements pages, email features, shared connections between WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com, and will soon include a family tree.

Don’t forget to sign up for free account tomorrow. Just go to http://www.familylink.com.

Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com, Recognized Among vSpring Capital 2007 Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com was listed among the vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs (v|100) yesterday. Allen was also nominated among this class of top entrepreneurs in 2005 and 2006.

The v|100 was created to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have ties to the state of Utah. The voting is performed by members of the community who are asked to nominate individuals whom they feel are most likely to lead a successful startup venture in the next five to seven years in the field of IT or biotech industries.

“The v|100 community of entrepreneurs continues to be an indication of the abundance of one of the most important factors of production in our region; human capital,” said Ed Ekstrom, managing director of vSpring Capital. “This year’s results are especially interesting with the creation of an audit committee consisting of David Jolley at Ernst & Young, Mark Bonham at Wilson Sonsini and Professor Scott Schaefer at the University of Utah. Their oversight of the nomination and voting process brings a level of credibility which highly validates this v|100 class for their accomplishments.”

Read the Full Article by PRNewswire.com.

New Jersey Marriage Records (Salem, Gloucester, Hunterdon, and Bergen Counties) Online Now at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, April 16th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched its first marriage records from New Jersey, including records from Salem, Gloucester, Hunterdon, and Bergen Counties. Each of these databases will be FREE to access until April 22nd.

Click on the links below to access the databases:

Salem County, New Jersey Marriages (Free Until April 22nd)
Gloucester County, New Jersey Marriage Records (Free Until April 22nd)
Marriage Records of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 1795 – 1875, Volume 1 (Free Until April 22nd)
Bergen County, New Jersey Marriage Records (Free Until April 22nd))

The first marriage license act in New Jersey requiring license bonds to be filed in the Secretary of State’s office was passed in 1719 (although by a previous practice earlier bonds were filed there), and this practically remained the law until 1795, when bonds were no longer required, although some were filed there as late as 1800.

After 1975 all records of marriages were to be filed in the clerk’s office of the county wherein marriages were solemnized. In 1876, the Legislature provided that reports of marriages should be transmitted to boards of health, and, while changes have been made since as to the particular local official to whom the records should be sent, there has been no return to the older system of sending them to the county clerk’s office, and hence that custom more or less ended with 1876.

Genealogy in 15 Minutes a Day (or Less): Geographical Searches

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Here is a posting by Amanda Forson from the WorldVitalRecords.com newsletter.

Old vintage map of world

Day 1
Go to Mapquest.com and look up the town where an ancestor lived and look at surrounding towns in greater and lesser detail. Mapquest now provides counties as part of its search capabilities. The present-day maps will give you an idea of where to begin looking for information for previous time periods.

Day 2
Once you get the county information, go to the Handybook for Genealogists and look up the county in question to see what the county was during the time period needed. (Not every county had the same boundaries or the same name as it currently does “back then.”) If you need to purchase a copy of the Handybook, this can take a few minutes. After logging in to WorldVitalRecords.com, go to the Store. (We recommend the Handybook as an industry-standard book for finding geographical information.)

Day 3
Look up the historical societies associated with the current county and the previous county on Google as each society may offer different information that could be pertinent for searches. Browse their site and see what is offered.

Day 4
Contact the historical societies found in Day 3 using email addresses and/or contact information provided. Whenever possible (and funds allow), join the historical society.

Day 5
Look in FamilySearch.org’s Family History Library Place Search for information concerning the area in question.

Day 6
Check for newsletters and journals dealing with genealogy for the country, state or province, county or district, city, town, boroughs, etc. One place to look would be in the Library of Congress… What genealogical periodicals do they keep? See here.

Day 7
Check WorldVitalRecords.com for new geographically-focused information by using the drop-down menu under Databases. Also check the alphabetical listing shown below the All Databases section for places close to where an ancestor lived or places along the way of migration routes.

Denver City Directory 1887 Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, April 13th, 2007

The Denver City Directory 1887 is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com and will be FREE to access until April 21, 2007.

Search through this directory which contains a complete list of the inhabitants, institutions, incorporated companies, manufacturing establishments, businesses, business firms, etc. in the city of Denver for the year of 1887.

This directory was written to include the changes made in city streets and renumbering done in Denver at that time

Click on the link below to search the database:

Denver City Directory 1887 (Free until April 21st)