Archive for May, 2007

Godfrey Memorial Library Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Partnership to bring increased access to genealogical records and services

Richard Black

Shown above: Godfrey Memorial Library

Provo, UT, May 29, 2007 — Godfrey Memorial Library recently formed a partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com to provide individuals throughout the world with greater access to millions of records and genealogical collections.

“This is a great opportunity for Godfrey to collaborate with WorldVitalRecords.com, one of the fast-growing genealogy and family history Internet-based companies. Godfrey has a long-standing tradition of research services and we are happy to add WorldVitalRecords.com to our list of resources,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library.

Richard Black

Shown above: Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library

As part of the agreement, individuals who purchase a subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library (or who are current members) can upgrade their membership to include a WorldVitalRecords.com subscription for an additional $45.

A subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library includes a variety of genealogical material, reference books and indexes, including the 19th Century Newspaper Collection, London Times Archives 1795-1995, American National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, Reference USA, OCLC Worldcat, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Columbia World Gazetteer.The other part of the agreement allows WorldVitalRecords.com to scan and index books, articles, and church records from the Godfrey Memorial Library. The indexes will be housed on both sites.

“We have been in contact with Richard, the Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library from the beginning of WorldVitalRecords.com and we have been interested in the Godfrey collection. Since our visit to the library last September, we knew we would eventually work together with Godfrey to scan their content and make it accessible online,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition.

WorldvitalRecords.com subscribers benefit from this partnership by having the option to upgrade to the Godfrey Library Scholar Online Portal for only $30 (a $35 value).“The Godfrey Memorial Library is an icon in the field of genealogy and family history. Both of us benefit by this partnership because Godfrey provides us with immediate access to top reference materials, and in turn, Godfrey benefits from WorldVitalRecords.com’s daily additions to its ever growing collection,” said Paul Allen, CEO of WorldVitalRecords.com.

Godfrey Memorial Library Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Godfrey Memorial Library Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com

Partnership to bring increased access to genealogical records and services

Provo, UT, May 29, 2007 — Godfrey Memorial Library recently formed a partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com to provide individuals throughout the world with greater access to millions of records and genealogical collections.

“This is a great opportunity for Godfrey to collaborate with WorldVitalRecords.com, one of the fast-growing genealogy and family history Internet-based companies. Godfrey has a long-standing tradition of research services and we are happy to add WorldVitalRecords.com to our list of resources,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library.

As part of the agreement, individuals who purchase a subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library (or who are current members) can upgrade their membership to include a WorldVitalRecords.com subscription for an additional $45.

A subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library includes a variety of genealogical material, reference books and indexes, including the 19th Century Newspaper Collection, London Times Archives 1795-1995, American National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, Reference USA, OCLC Worldcat, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Columbia World Gazetteer.

The other part of the agreement allows WorldVitalRecords.com to scan and index books, articles, and church records from the Godfrey Memorial Library. The indexes will be housed on both sites.

“We have been in contact with Richard, the Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library from the beginning of WorldVitalRecords.com and we have been interested in the Godfrey collection. Since our visit to the library last September, we knew we would eventually work together with Godfrey to scan their content and make it accessible online,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition.

WorldvitalRecords.com subscribers benefit from this partnership by having the option to upgrade to the Godfrey Library Scholar Online Portal for only $30 (a $35 value).

“The Godfrey Memorial Library is an icon in the field of genealogy and family history. Both of us benefit by this partnership because Godfrey provides us with immediate access to top reference materials, and in turn, Godfrey benefits from WorldVitalRecords.com’s daily additions to its ever growing collection,” said Paul Allen, CEO of WorldVitalRecords.com.

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Media Contact:

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Godfrey Memorial Library

The Godfrey Memorial Library was founded by Fremont Rider and was incorporated on 26 Nov 1947 as a “…free public library of books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials in the fields of American biography and genealogy and in related fields; to carry on and promote investigation and research in these fields and to publish the results thereof…”

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.

First Set of Quintin Publications’ Material Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, May 25th, 2007

The first set of databases from Quintin Publications’ Library is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com. The databases are available since Quintin Publications announced its partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com last week at the NGS Conference in Richmond, Virginia. The databases are all free to access for ten days. Click on the links to access the databases.The description below is for the Cassell’s databases:

Shown above: Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications

Nearly 200,000 geographical locations are listed in the Cassell’s Gazetteer series. Features included are: barony, borough, burgh, chapelry, civil-parish, ecclesiastical parish, hamlet, liberty, market town, parish, quoad sacra parish, riding, tithing, townland and townships. Each entry may contain: location, population, distance from nearest rail station, distance from either London or Dublin, soil conditions, natural resources, good manufactured, names of churches, monuments, and historical tidbits. More than 60 full color maps illustrate these volumes.

Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 6 (Free Until June 3, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 3 (Free Until June 2, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 4 (Free Until June 2, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 5 (Free Until June 2, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Scotland Maps (Free Until June 2, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, England Maps (Free Until May 31, 2007)
Cassell’s Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, Ireland Maps (Free Until May 30, 2007)

Handbook of Indians of Canada
(Free Until May 30, 2007)
Published as an appendix to the Tenth Report of the Geographic Board of Canada, Sessional Paper No. 21a. 632 pages, 1912.

WorldVitalRecords Announces Partnerships: FamilySearchâ„¢, Ellis Island, & Quintin

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

Yesterday WorldVitalRecords.com hosted its first press conference at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference in the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, FamilySearchâ„¢ (formerly the Genealogical Society of Utah sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), and Quintin Publications participated in the conference.


Shown above from left to right: David Rencher, Director, Records and Information Division, Family and Church History Department, Walt Fuller, President, Everton Publishers, David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com, Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications, Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers
Link to press address: QuickTime Movie

The first announcement was read by David Lifferth, President, WorldvitalRecords.com, and came from Steve Briganti, President/CEO of The Statue of Liberty Foundation-Ellis Island who was unable to attend.

Shown above: David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com
Link to press address (Steve Briganti): QuickTime Movie

This announcement included a three-way agreement between WorldVitalRecords.com, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

As part of this agreement, more than 25 million records of individuals who immigrated from the Port of New York to Ellis Island between 1892-1924 will be available online, free of charge, at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is pleased to announce this partnership today whereby the historic passenger arrival records for the Port of New York and Ellis Island will be freely available through WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink. This expanded availability continues our long-standing commitment to helping families better understand their personal connection to the history of American immigration,” Briganti said.

Since first being made available online in April 2001, this collection of nearly 25 million records has proven to be one of the single most-important and popular record collections anywhere in the world. Arrivals through Ellis Island represent more than 150 different ethnicities, reinforcing the worldwide importance of these records.

“As a nonprofit Foundation, we continue to be thankful for the support of individuals and corporate sponsors whose generosity makes it possible for us to continue our important work of preservation, restoration, and education. We also appreciate and recognize our long-standing partnership with FamilySearch and the work of their wonderful volunteers who made possible the original launch of these historic records in 2001. As we now welcome World Vital Records to our successful alliance, we are excited that an even larger worldwide audience will be reminded of the importance of the Ellis Island records,” Briganti said.

The second announcement between FamilySearchâ„¢ and WorldVitalRecords.com was that WorldVitalRecords.com will soon be available for free at more than 4,500 family history centers throughout the world.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with WorldvitalRecords.com. We are trying to make information more widely available. We are also very interested in others who can facilitate and grow this industry. They are doing a great job of putting up records that we would prefer that we don’t have to put up. WorldVitalRecords is a key component, along with several other companies that will help up post records and make them available,” said David Rencher, FamilySearch â„¢ .

Shown above from left to right: David Rencher, Director, Records and Information Division, Family and Church History Department, Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers, David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com
Link to press address: QuickTime Movie

The final partnership was announced in which Quintin Publications will provide WorldVitalRecords.com with more than 10,000 books and articles, which will go through an OCR (optical character reading ) and indexing process, and made available to members at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Quintin Publications is very excited about this venture with Paul Allen, Yvette Arts, David Lifferth and the rest of the crew at WorldVitalRecords.com. I think this will greatly improve accessibility of research in family histories for generations to come. My Father, Robert J. Quintin would definitely be left speechless for the attention his hobby has received,” said Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications.

Shown above: Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications
Link to press address: QuickTime Movie

WorldVitalRecords.com previously partnered with Everton Publishers, one of the oldest genealogical publishing companies in the US, last year. Walt Fuller, President, Everton Publishers and Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers also participated in the conference.

“I am excited about this for a number of reasons. First off, this is wonderful for genealogists. WorldVitalRecords.com has put up the Genealogical Helper. It is the first time that it has been indexed in the history of the magazine. It is going to be available at the family histories. We never could get 4,500 family history centers to buy the Genealogical Helper, but now we have got it in there anyway. Now the Helper and all of the pedigree and family group sheets that are totally unique to Evertons will be available to thousands of genealogists free of charge. I’m pretty fired up about everything that is going on. Congratulations to everyone involved,” Meitzler said.

Shown above: Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers
Link to press address: QuickTime Movie

The Genealogical Helper is the oldest continuing publication in the industry. It was started in 1947. The Everton Genealogical library is one of the largest private genealogical collections in the country.

“As a WorldVitalRecords.com partner, Everton Publishers is both pleased and very proud to be a part of these announcements,” said Walt Fuller, President, Everton Publishers.

More Than 4,500 Family History Centers Worldwide to have Free Access to WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Genealogists and family historians to benefit from global collaboration

Provo, UT, May 16, 2007 — More than 4,500 FamilySearch Family History Centers throughout the world will now have free access to WorldVitalRecords.com’s genealogical records and resources, as a result of an agreement signed between FamilySearch (TM) and WorldVitalRecords.com.

We are looking for a new breed of genealogy websites that are willing to work with FamilySearch to meet the needs and interests of record custodians and our patrons. WorldVitalRecords.com was uniquely positioned because of its rapid growth in the industry and potential for success, along with additional genealogical providers to fill this void. We are certain this agreement with WorldVitalRecords.com will greatly benefit a worldwide audience of genealogists with this free service,” said Paul Nauta, Manager of Public Affairs, FamilySearch (TM).

WorldVitalRecords.com will provide a vast collection of genealogical materials including vital, land, immigration, and military records; newspapers, international databases, and a collection of reference material.

WorldVitalRecords.com also partnered with Everton Publishers last year to provide the Everton Genealogical Library containing numerous databases, as well as 60 years of the Everton Genealogical Helper and 150,000 Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets.

“At Everton’s we are excited about the fact that for the first time, genealogists have easy access to tens of thousands of queries, family group sheets, pedigree charts, and more from the past 60 years of the Genealogical Helper,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers.

In addition to making all WorldVitalRecords.com content free, each family history centers will have access to FamilyLink.com, a new social genealogical Web site that enables individuals to connect with genealogists from more than 1,600 cities.

“FamilyLink.com is a fantastic idea. My sister has hinted of a genealogical resource of this nature, and I have been chomping at the bit, waiting for this site to go live. FamilyLink.com will be great as I am looking for resources to help me find my family members throughout the world. This site is going to work wonders in the field of genealogy,” said Beth Gawthrop, Washington, DC.

Currently FamilyLink.com, a free service, has several thousands users from more than 34 countries who are connecting with individuals to further their genealogical research.

“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,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldvitalRecords.com. “We are very optimistic that FamilyLink.com will continue to grow and will have hundreds of thousands of people who can communicate with each other, and work together in finding data and information about their loved ones.”

WorldVitalRecords.com’s agreement with FamilySearch will benefit a broader audience and help thousands of people find connections to their loved ones.

“Our mission at WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com is to make high value resources and tools available to genealogists and family historians throughout the world. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to fill the void left by Ancestry in the FamilySearch operated Family History Centers,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Quintin Publications Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Make Thousands of Genealogical Databases Accessible

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Quintin Publications to receive increased exposure and reach new audience from partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com.

Provo, UT, May 16, 2007 — Quintin Publications announced a partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com today to provide access to thousands of genealogical and historical databases.

“We chose to partner with WorldVitalRecords.com because we have watched their solid pattern of growth and felt it would be an excellent venue for the material we have collected and enhanced during the past 30 years,” said Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications.

As part of the partnership, Quintin Publications will provide WorldVitalRecords with more than 10,000 books and articles. WorldVitalRecords.com will OCR (optical character reading), and index the material, and then make it available on its site.

“We have been looking at Quintin Publications’ material for quite a while and have been anxious to collaborate with them,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Quintin Publications’ extensive collection of records includes state vital records, town and county histories, family histories, historical maps and gazetteers, modern publications by genealogists (after 1923), and international works.

“These unique collections will significantly increase the amount of databases and geographical information we have to offer at WorldVitalRecords.com, and FamilyLink.com (a new genealogy social networking site sponsored by WorldVitalRecords.com), and will add greater value to every subscription,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition.

Quintin Publications’ partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com, an international genealogical company, will provide increased exposure to thousands of out of print volumes that Quintin has converted into PDF files. Some of these works include an extensive French-Canadian started by founder, Robert J. Quintin, who recently passed away.

“My father would definitely be left speechless at this point by the attention his hobby has received. This partnership opens a new avenue for the next generation to realize that we are out here and still available,” Phil Quintin said.

Carol Quintin, Robert’s wife, also sees great potential in the partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com and hopes to reach several generations with their products and services.

“When Bob and I first started Quintin Publications, our audience was older. We are now to the point where we have children of the older folks, calling us and wanting to buy the books that their parents had purchased. The children know we are out there. Now we need to get to their children’s children. This partnership will definitely help us reach the next generation,” said Carol Quintin, Vice President, Quintin Publications.

Quintin Publications and WorldVitalRecords.com plan to work together in prioritizing the release of the individual databases in the collection.

“The sheer volume of the content requires collaboration in order to meet the scheduled posting of the data online,” said Sarah Quintin, Creative Director, Quintin Publications.

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Historic Ellis Island Passenger Records Receive Expanded Online Access at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

May 16, 2007 (Ellis Island, NY and Provo, UT) – - The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., World Vital Records, Inc. and FamilySearch announced today at the National Genealogical Society Conference a partnership whereby the historic collection of Ellis Island passenger arrival records will now also be freely available to visitors of the www.worldvitalrecords.com and www.familylink.com websites.

“This is an exciting time in the long history of American immigration,” noted Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “Last month we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the busiest day at Ellis Island by hosting our annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. Today, we’re pleased to announce the expanded availability of passenger arrival records which the Foundation has continued to provide at Ellis Island and as a free service online since first introducing the database in April 2001.” The records document the arrival of 25 million immigrants, U.S. citizens, and crew members arriving through the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924.

According to Briganti, the initial project was made possible through corporate and private donations, most notably by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than 12,000 FamilySearch volunteers donated 5.6 million hours over a 7-year period to transcribe nearly 25 million passenger records.

Wayne Metcalfe, Vice President of Records Services for FamilySearch commented, “We were pleased to provide assistance to the Foundation for the opening of their family history center in 2001 and are equally excited to see the expanded availability of these important records via the Internet. We were equally pleased to work in conjunction with World Vital Records in our new Records Access program. World Vital Records is part of a growing group of new breed online genealogical service providers who are seeking to promote the needs of records custodians and foundations like Ellis Island around the world.”

Since the records first became available online at www.ellisisland.org in 2001, the website has received 10 billion hits and has united countless families with their ancestral heritage. Current and upcoming FamilySearch indexing projects can be found at www.FamilySearchIndexing.org.

“This is certainly one of the single most important record collections available anywhere in the world,” stated Paul Allen, CEO of World Vital Records, Inc. “Nearly half of all American families have a direct personal connection to at least one individual who entered the U.S. through the Port of New York and Ellis Island, whose arrivals are documented on these passenger manifests.”

Through this alliance, the index to these historic records will be integrated into the overall search capabilities of the worldvitalrecords.com website. Individuals seeking additional details on the digitized manifests will be linked directly to www.ellisisland.org where copies of manifests, ship images, and commemorative passenger records can be obtained.

More Than 4,500 Family History Centers Worldwide to have Free Access to WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

More Than 4,500 Family History Centers Worldwide to have Free Access to WorldVitalRecords.com

Genealogists and family historians to benefit from global collaboration

Provo, UT, May 16, 2007 — More than 4,500 FamilySearch Family History Centers throughout the world will now have free access to WorldVitalRecords.com’s genealogical records and resources, as a result of an agreement signed between FamilySearch (TM) and WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are looking for a new breed of genealogy websites that are willing to work with FamilySearch to meet the needs and interests of record custodians and our patrons. WorldVitalRecords.com was uniquely positioned because of its rapid growth in the industry and potential for success, along with additional genealogical providers to fill this void. We are certain this agreement with WorldVitalRecords.com will greatly benefit a worldwide audience of genealogists with this free service,” said Paul Nauta, Manager of Public Affairs, FamilySearch (TM).

WorldVitalRecords.com will provide a vast collection of genealogical materials including vital, land, immigration, and military records; newspapers, international databases, and a collection of reference material.

WorldVitalRecords.com also partnered with Everton Publishers last year to provide the Everton Genealogical Library containing numerous databases, as well as 60 years of the Everton Genealogical Helper and 150,000 Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets.

“At Everton’s we are excited about the fact that for the first time, genealogists have easy access to tens of thousands of queries, family group sheets, pedigree charts, and more from the past 60 years of the Genealogical Helper,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Editor, Everton Publishers.

In addition to making all WorldVitalRecords.com content free, each family history centers will have access to FamilyLink.com, a new social genealogical Web site that enables individuals to connect with genealogists from more than 1,600 cities.

“FamilyLink.com is a fantastic idea. My sister has hinted of a genealogical resource of this nature, and I have been chomping at the bit, waiting for this site to go live. FamilyLink.com will be great as I am looking for resources to help me find my family members throughout the world. This site is going to work wonders in the field of genealogy,” said Beth Gawthrop, Washington, DC.

Currently FamilyLink.com, a free service, has several thousands users from more than 34 countries who are connecting with individuals to further their genealogical research.

“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,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldvitalRecords.com. “We are very optimistic that FamilyLink.com will continue to grow and will have hundreds of thousands of people who can communicate with each other, and work together in finding data and information about their loved ones.”

WorldVitalRecords.com’s agreement with FamilySearch will benefit a broader audience and help thousands of people find connections to their loved ones.

“Our mission at WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com is to make high value resources and tools available to genealogists and family historians throughout the world. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to fill the void left by Ancestry in the FamilySearch operated Family History Centers,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

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Media Contact:

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch (historically the Genealogical Society of Utah) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch.org, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

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.

Historic Ellis Island Passenger Records Receive Expanded Online Access

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Historic Ellis Island Passenger Records Receive Expanded Online Access

May 16, 2007 (Ellis Island, NY and Provo, UT) — The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., World Vital Records, Inc. and FamilySearch announced today at the National Genealogical Society Conference a partnership whereby the historic collection of Ellis Island passenger arrival records will now also be freely available to visitors of the www.worldvitalrecords.com and www.familylink.com websites.

“This is an exciting time in the long history of American immigration,” noted Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “Last month we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the busiest day at Ellis Island by hosting our annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. Today, we’re pleased to announce the expanded availability of passenger arrival records which the Foundation has continued to provide at Ellis Island and as a free service online since first introducing the database in April 2001.”

The records document the arrival of 25 million immigrants, U.S. citizens, and crew members arriving through the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924.

According to Briganti, the initial project was made possible through corporate and private donations, most notably by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than 12,000 FamilySearch volunteers donated 5.6 million hours over a 7-year period to transcribe nearly 25 million passenger records.

Wayne Metcalfe, Vice President of Records Services for FamilySearch commented, “We were pleased to provide assistance to the Foundation for the opening of their family history center in 2001 and are equally excited to see the expanded availability of these important records via the Internet. We were equally pleased to work in conjunction with World Vital Records in our new Records Access program. World Vital Records is part of a growing group of new breed online genealogical service providers who are seeking to promote the needs of records custodians and foundations like Ellis Island around the world.”

Since the records first became available online at www.ellisisland.org in 2001, the website has received 10 billion hits and has united countless families with their ancestral heritage. Current and upcoming FamilySearch indexing projects can be found at www.FamilySearchIndexing.org.

“This is certainly one of the single most important record collections available anywhere in the world,” stated Paul Allen, CEO of World Vital Records, Inc. “Nearly half of all American families have a direct personal connection to at least one individual who entered the U.S. through the Port of New York and Ellis Island, whose arrivals are documented on these passenger manifests.”

Through this alliance, the index to these historic records will be integrated into the overall search capabilities of the worldvitalrecords.com website. Individuals seeking additional details on the digitized manifests will be linked directly to www.ellisisland.org where copies of manifests, ship images, and commemorative passenger records can be obtained.

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Media Contact:

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Peg Zitko (212-561-4517)

pzitko@ellisisland.org

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch (historically the Genealogical Society of Utah) is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch maintains the world’s largest repository of genealogical resources accessed through FamilySearch.org, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center® (www.ellisisland.org). Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

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.

Quintin Publications Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Make Thousands of Genealogical Databases Accessible

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Quintin Publications Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Make Thousands of Genealogical Databases Accessible

Quintin Publications to receive increased exposure and reach new audience from partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com.

Provo, UT, May 16, 2007 — Quintin Publications announced a partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com today to provide access to thousands of genealogical and historical databases.

“We chose to partner with WorldVitalRecords.com because we have watched their solid pattern of growth and felt it would be an excellent venue for the material we have collected and enhanced during the past 30 years,” said Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications.

As part of the partnership, Quintin Publications will provide WorldVitalRecords with more than 10,000 books and articles. WorldVitalRecords.com will OCR (optical character reading), and index the material, and then make it available on its site.

“We have been looking at Quintin Publications’ material for quite a while and have been anxious to collaborate with them,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Quintin Publications’ extensive collection of records includes state vital records, town and county histories, family histories, historical maps and gazetteers, modern publications by genealogists (after 1923), and international works.

“These unique collections will significantly increase the amount of databases and geographical information we have to offer at WorldVitalRecords.com, and FamilyLink.com (a new genealogy social networking site sponsored by WorldVitalRecords.com), and will add greater value to every subscription,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition.

Quintin Publications’ partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com, an international genealogical company, will provide increased exposure to thousands of out of print volumes that Quintin has converted into PDF files. Some of these works include an extensive French-Canadian started by founder, Robert J. Quintin, who recently passed away.

“My father would definitely be left speechless at this point by the attention his hobby has received. This partnership opens a new avenue for the next generation to realize that we are out here and still available,” Phil Quintin said.

Carol Quintin, Robert’s wife, also sees great potential in the partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com and hopes to reach several generations with their products and services.

“When Bob and I first started Quintin Publications, our audience was older. We are now to the point where we have children of the older folks, calling us and wanting to buy the books that their parents had purchased. The children know we are out there. Now we need to get to their children’s children. This partnership will definitely help us reach the next generation,” said Carol Quintin, Vice President, Quintin Publications.

Quintin Publications and WorldVitalRecords.com plan to work together in prioritizing the release of the individual databases in the collection.

“The sheer volume of the content requires collaboration in order to meet the scheduled posting of the data online,” said Sarah Quintin, Creative Director, Quintin Publications.

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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. 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

About QuintinPublications.com

QuintinPublications.com has been in business for nearly 30 years and is a distributor of historical and genealogical information on CD’s, such as family histories, maps, atlases, gazetteers, and vital records. They are constantly searching for new authors of genealogical and historical books with a Canadian flavor. They are located in Orange Park, Florida.