Archive for May, 2007

Join Us For Our Press Conference at the NGS Conference Tomorrow (May 16, 2007)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Paul Allen

WorldVitalRecords.com will be making several major announcements at the NGS Conference in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday, May 16 (TOMORROW), 2007 at 11 a.m! For those who are in the area, we will be making the announcement in the VIP Suite (room B20) in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Click here to view a map to the VIP Suite. for the conference. For those who are unable to attend, look for our press releases, read our blogs, and our newsletter later this week.

2007 Reed Smoot Awards: Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com Honored

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

The Provo-Orem Chamber of Commerce hosted “An Evening of Achievement: The 19th Annual Reed Smoot Awards” on May 9, 2007. Nu Skin Enterprises’ Blake Roney, was named Provo’s Citizen of the Year, and many other outstanding business people, individuals and businesses were honored, including Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

2007 Reed Smoot Awards:
Taken from The Daily Herald, Thursday May 10, 2007

Paul Allen: Entrepreneur of the Year

Serial entrepreneur Paul Allen has been involved in more than a dozen startup companies over the past 18 years. Best known as co-founder of Provo genealogy research service MyFamily.com – recently renamed The Generations Network – Allen and business partner, Dan Taggart, helped raise $90.5 million in venture capital through their company, Ancestry.com, to launch the MyFamily.com Web site in the mid-‘90s.Even after leaving the company in 2002, Allen hasn’t stopped creating companies such as FamilyLink.com, a social network for family history enthusiasts. The company has 12 workers and Is generating revenue from a subscription site WorldVitalRecords.com.

The Weekly Kansas Chief 1881-1891 Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched a decade of the Weekly Kansas Chief, ranging from 1891-1919. These databases containing vital records, as well as a variety of news items will be free to access until May 18 (two of the databases will be available until May 19, 2007).

These databases were compiled by Enid and John Ostertag.

Click on the links below to view the records:

The Weekly Kansas Chief, Births, Deaths, Marriages and other News Items and Current Events, April 1886 – December 1887 (Free until May 19, 2007)
NOTE FROM THE COMPILERS: This database contains stories of adventure in serial form, as well as illustrations. About mid-year 1887, the editor began printing histories of Civil War battles, complete with the pictures of the generals and officers involved, and detailed maps. These were left out due to their length. Another new feature is a list of new books and their authors, some novels and others of educational value.


The Weekly Kansas Chief Births, Marriages, Deaths and other News Items and Current Events, January 1881 – March 1886
(Free until May 19, 2007)

NOTE FROM THE COMPILERS: When searching for a particular name, please be aware of the spelling of any surname. The correspondents, in supplying Mr. Miller news of their neighborhood were not very accurate in writing surnames. Please keep this in mind when searching the index for your ancestor’s name.

The Weekly Kansas Chief Births, Marriages, Deaths and Other News Items and Current Events, January 1888 – March 1889 (Free until May 18, 2007)
The database is full of names of persons living in Doniphan county over 100 years ago. Individuals who have ancestors who lived in NE Kansas during the years 1888-1889 may be listed in this database, especially if they were married, divorced, bought or traded farms, or had a baby die during this time.


The Weekly Kansas Chief Births, Marriages, Deaths and Other News Items and Current Events, 1890 – 1891
(Free until May 18, 2007)
This index contains more than 5,000 names which are made up of lists of school children, teachers and school officers, township officials, Republican lists from each township, and two long lists of marriage licenses from the probate court. Other offerings include district court trials, disposition of cases (including Tribble who murdered Kinkhead in front of the schoolhouse, fled to Missouri, joined the rebel army and in 1890 was seen in Wathena, arrested and held in jail until the trial). Also included are real estate transfers, other lists of interest, births, deaths, social events, and men selling out and moving to western parts of Oklahoma.

Parish Records Extended For Free Access Until May 12, 2007

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

This past week we had a delay in our weekly newsletter. As a result from feedback from our viewers, we have extended the following parish record databases to be free to access until May 12, 2007: Ellenhall, Burslem, Tatenhill, Wolstanton, Barton-under-Needwood, Castle Church, Cressage, Ford, and Trentham

Parish in England


Click on the links below to view the databases.

Ellenhall Parish Registers (Free Until May 12, 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 Collection.

Burslem Parish Registers, Volume 3 (Free Until May 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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 12, 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.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls: Volumes XII-XIV Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launched three new databases today, which are part of the Pioneers of the Six Bulls series. These databases contain 14,789 records.

Click on the links below to access the databases.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls, The Newton County, Missouri Saga Volume XII
This database was provided by Larry A. James and contains the 1860 Census Head of Households for Newton County.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls, The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Volume XIII
This database was provided by Larry A. James and contains the 1850 Census for Newton County.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls, The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Volume XIV
This database was provided by Larry A. James and contains cemetery and Bible records.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls Database Free to Access Until May 12, 2007

Monday, May 7th, 2007

More than 81,000 names from the Pioneers of the Six Bulls databases are now available at WorldVitalRecords.com. These records have been scanned from the Everton Library Collection. These databases were compiled by Larry H. James.

Volumes I and II of the Pioneers of the Six Bulls databases will be FREE to access until May 12, 2007. Volumes X and XV will be FREE to access until May 13, 2007.

Click on the links below to view the databases.

Pioneers of the Six Bulls: The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Pioneer Families, Volume X (Free until May 13, 2007)
Pioneers of the Six Bulls, The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Volume XV, Pioneer Families (Free Until May 13, 2007)
Pioneers of the Six Bulls: The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Volume I
(Free Until May 12, 2007)
Pioneers of the Six Bulls: The Newton County, Missouri Saga, Volume II
(Free Until May 12, 2007)

Visit Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com & FamilyLink.com at the SOG Family History Show in London

Friday, May 4th, 2007

This weekend, Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com will be attending one of the largest genealogy and family history shows of the year: The Society of Genealogists Family History Show.

The Conference will be held in London, England as part of the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE National History Show.

Mention FamilyLink.com to Paul while you are at the show, and receive a free t-shirt. Paul will also be staying in the area until Monday, May 7 and would love to visit with genealogists and content providers to talk about FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com. Contact him by sending an email to paul[at]worldvitalrecords.com.

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the conference. Individuals such as Colin Jackson, Ian Hislop, and David Baddiel will be at the show, sharing their experience of how their ancestor’s were revealed to them on the TV program.

Sponsors of the show include the U.K. television show, Who Do you Think You Are? as well as the Daily Telegraph and Ancestry.co.uk.

Click here for more information about the Society of Genealogists Family History Show.

Kory Meyerink Intervews Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com/FamilyLink.com on FamilyRootsRadio.com

Friday, May 4th, 2007

What the future of genealogy holds?

Yesterday (May 3, 2007) Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com spoke about the future of genealogy on FamilyRootsRadio.com.

Kory Meyerink, host of the show, talked with Paul and asked him various questions about the value WorldVitalRecords.com’s data brings to genealogists and family historians, the purpose of FamilyLink.com, and what the future of genealogy holds.

Here are some of Paul’s responses:

What is the added value that WorldVitalRecords.com offers to us?

WorldVitalRecords.com is acquiring hundreds of millions of records…. Our team has been scouring the world for unique data. We are going to announce a few pretty big datasets at the NGS Conference. I am traveling all over the world working with as many content providers as possible to provide exclusive data to WorldVitalRecords.com subscribers.

The value that we add, even on the public records is geocoding. We are very big into the future of Intent mapping with Google Maps, Google Earth, and Virtual Earth. We have the geo coding process in place, and we are geocoding hundreds of millions of records. As we get new databases from around the world, we try to geo code every record.

Geocoding is useful so you can visualize locations on a Web site. It is also potentially enabling us to get into mobile phone applications. For example, you, as a genealogist might be traveling through Pennsylvania, and we might have your family tree on your cell phone. It might actually direct you to locations where your ancestors lived, or cemeteries or tombstones, or archives that might have data about your ancestors. All of this becomes possible in the future with mobile applications, as long as we are doing the geocoding up front.

What is FamilyLink.com?

We started working on it a few months ago. It is a social network for family historians. It’s similar to other social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn. These social networks get millions of users who are able to connect with each other, and share information.

FamilyLink is our social network for family history. Right now it is in beta. We have several thousand users already. We have users from 34 countries. Hundreds of people are visiting the site, and about half of the people who go to the site sign up. We are very optimistic that FamilyLink will have hundreds of thousands of people who can communicate with each other, and ask questions of each other from all over the world.

We are not too far away from enabling a member to upload their family tree. A person can say, “Here are my ancestors from Connecticut.” Then this person can make contact with a genealogist who lives there, who has also said he is willing to do a local record lookup. The person can then walk a few minutes away from his home to the right repository and come back with the information that the other person needs. So that kind of free record lookup will be very easy for family historians now. You will now see the people behind genealogy research, rather than just all the data that is online.

Kory then related how he had a cousin from across the world who was able to get a birth certificate for him when he needed to go to Germany in 1974.

Paul then said, imagine having a cousin like that in 150,000 cities around the world. They are not really your cousins, but they are into family history. With one click, you can connect with them and explain what the need is.

I have never met kinder people in my life than the people in family history. There is so much willingness. This is a hobby and a passion that engages people for people who really want to do good in the world. They want to preserve their heritage. They want to connect with their families. They are so willing. There really are thousands of people who are doing this. We are organizing it so that it is easy for anyone to use. They are just one click away from help from someone and one click away to offer help to someone.

What’s Coming in Genealogy?

The Internet is really changing so many industries. I think we are already seeing the impact with the availability of records. What I see coming in the next couple of years is a huge onslaught of content–an avalanche of content coming from a lot of different sources. There are many companies that are scanning millions of books around the world. I think what we are going to end up seeing is so many billions of records that it is going to be overwhelming, and I think much of it will be free. There is a real need to create powerful advanced search tools that will make it easier and easier to navigate through this huge number of records.

The Booke of Register of the Parish of St. Peter in Canterbury 1560-1800 Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The Booke of Register of the Parish of St. Peter in Canterbury 1560-1800 is WorldVitalRecords.com’s newest database, which will be FREE to access at WorldVitalRecords.com until May 10, 2007. The database is from the Everton Library Collection.

“Whether the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, Canterbury, ever possessed a parish register before the year 1559 or 1560, we shall, I suppose never know. All we do know is that no scrap of paper or parchment of an earlier date is at this day to be found within the walls of the quaint old edifice which claims to be one of the oldest of our existing city churches. From 1500 to 1800 is a long period in the extending over 241 years, are now placed within reach of the small, but ever increasing history of a parish; and these registers of Christenings, Weddings and Burials, extending over 241 years, are now placed within reach of the small, but ever increasing number of persons who are genuinely interested in the preservation of all memorials of the dead.”

- From The Booke of Register of the Parish of St. Peter in Canterbury, Joseph Meadows Cowper, 1888.

New Records from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Michigan

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched the following databases from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

Click on the database below to access the records:

Rhode Island Records (Free until May 9, 2007)
This database contains the second volume of the colonial records of Rhode Island. Anyone who browses the database will begin with the adoption of the Charter of Charles the Second, and the organization of the government under the same, in March 1663-1664. The database contains records up to the year 1677, thereby including fourteen years of the Colonial Annals.

Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Volume 1 (Free until May 9, 2007)
Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts volumes 1 and 2 were published by the New England Historical Genealogical Society, at the charge of the Eddy Town-Record Fund in Boston, Mass., in 1905. Both of these databases come from the Everton Library Collection and contain more than 111,000 names.

Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Volume 2 (Free until May 9, 2007)
The description for this database is the same as Volume 1 for Newbury, Massachusetts.

Vital Records of Newton, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Free until May 9, 2007)
This database comes from the Everton Library Collection and contains more than 41,000 names.

American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men, Michigan Volume (Free until May 9, 2007)
This database contains nearly 50,000 names.