Archive for August, 2007

Check Out The New FamilyLink.com Today (Upload Your Tree, Connect With Genealogists, Get Help With Your Research, and More)

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Searching for your ancestors just became easier than ever before with the new features that were launched today at FamilyLink.com. Over the past few months while we have been asking our FamilyLink.com members to tell us the top ten things they would like to be able to do on FamilyLink.com. We asked. They told us. We listened.

Although FamilyLink.com is still in beta, thousands of individuals have joined to be able to connect with genealogists, family members, and friends on a local level and throughout the world. FamilyLink.com is absolutely free!

Using FamilyLink.com YOU can:

  • Use our new family tree viewer to build your own trees, add to the trees of others, as well as having people add to your tree. (Essentially this means that once you upload your tree, you can connect with other genealogists who can help you extend your tree by finding records you cannot easily access yourself.)
  • Find other genealogists who are researching the same places you are, or even individuals who live in that place.
  • Find the top surnames of your ancestors and connect with other genealogists who have interest in or are researching the same surname.
  • Receive help from genealogists locally and around the world when you hit a brick wall.
  • And much, much more!!!

Check out FamilyLink.com today!

How Do I Access the NewspaperARCHIVE Databases at WorldVitalRecords.com?

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

We have been receiving some emails from subscribers requesting information on how to access the NewspaperARCHIVE databases that were recently launched at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Here is the answer:

Click here to get access to the NewspaperARCHIVE databases.
If you are starting from the homepage at WorldVitalRecords.com. Click on View All Databases. Look for the NewspaperARCHIVE listing (similar to the graphic shown below).

The NewspaperARCHIVE databases can also be accessed by searching in the Newspaper Category at WorldVitalRecords.com.

There will be 18 new NewspaperARCHIVE databases posted today. These new databases will be free to access until September 9, 2007.

What is NewspaperARCHIVE???

NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. NewspaperARCHIVE.com adds newspaper pages faster than one can search them – with one newspaper page added every second – that’s over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month! Designed for any individual of any age or profession, NewspaperARCHIVE.com provides a comfortable and safe environment with easy-to-use tools for fast searching and browsing. NewspaperARCHIVE.com is owned by Heritage Microfilm of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began in 1999.

Creating GEDCOM Files From Personal Genealogical Database Programs For FamilyLink.com

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

by Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

Heart etched in sidewalk

In order to upload a family tree to FamilyLink.com, first there needs to be a GEDCOM file to upload. Described in this article are ways of creating GEDCOM files for different programs: Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File, Ancestral Quest, RootsMagic, and Legacy. Other personal genealogical computer database programs should have similar features, but if there is a need for personalized assistance, please contact the program’s customer service or use their Help section. All of these instructions assume that there is a file with information already in it within one of these databases. For a brand-new file, either use a genealogical database program (one of these or similar), or simply go to FamilyLink.com and start a New Tree.

Family Tree Maker

Click in the following order: File- Export File (options Entire File or Selected Individuals.)

Note: Selecting the Entire File does not mean that you will have all of your living family members showing up on the site for everyone to see. It retrieves everyone, yes, but in FamilyLink.com there are options of limiting who can see what information; including living information to only those that you want to see it. Not everyone will know what your mother’s maiden name is.

If you choose Entire File, then save the file to whatever place on your computer you will remember later, and then use the lower drop-down box (Save As Type) and choose GEDCOM. Name your GEDCOM file and then save it. You are now ready to use this in FamilyLink.com.

Personal Ancestral File

Click in the following order: File- Export. Choose Other GEDCOM, and then Select All or Partial and Click Export. You are now ready to use this in FamilyLink.com.

Ancestral Quest

Click in the following order: File- Export. For the Software drop-down box, choose Other, then click Export and choose where you want to save your file. You are now ready to use this in FamilyLink.com.

RootsMagic

Click in the following order: File- Export GEDCOM File, and then choose who you want to be exported. If all, proceed to choose which settings you want to use, and then click Export. Next, choose where you want to save this GEDCOM file. After choosing where, the GEDCOM file will be created. You are now ready to use this in FamilyLink.com.

Legacy

Click in the following order: File- Export to- GEDCOM file. For the drop-down box where it says produce file for, Choose GEDCOM 5.5 Only. Then click Select File Name and Start Export. Choose where you want to save the information, and if you have not already entered in the compiler information it will ask that this be filled out. After that, the blue bar will start moving towards the right as this program compiles. Once the bar is finished, you are now ready to use this in FamilyLink.com.

FamilyLink.com’s New Features Will Be Accessible on Friday, August 31, 2007

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

FamilyLink

On FamilyLink.com you can connect with more than 10,000 family history hobbyists, enthusiasts, and professionals from your local area to the rest of the world. In addition, by uploading GEDCOM files, and sending messages to researchers in more than twenty countries, with uploading photos of your favorite ancestors, FamilyLink.com connects the world for easier, quicker, and less expensive collaborative research efforts.

What Will Be Some of the New Features at FamilyLink.com?

On August 31, FamilyLink.com users will be able to upload their family tree, their GEDCOM, and much more. Once your GEDCOM uploads, you can view the surnames in your tree and the number of individuals who have that surname.

Using FamilyLink.com’s Free Family Tree Viewer, you can:

  • Quickly view pedigree files
  • Calculate the relationship between two individuals within their pedigree chart
  • Easily view vital information on an individual, such as birth, marriage, or death dates
  • Switch to ancestor or descendant view
  • Add or view photos, documents, videos, albums, recordings, etc.
  • See information that has been added in the past 30 days
  • View a statistics page
  • Search through a large repository of information
  • Find surnames, places, dates, and local area information quickly and easily

Want to connect with other genealogists? Type in the surname you are searching on the site and immediately receive access to all other genealogists who are researching the same surname. You can also narrow your search to the people you want to find by distance, country, county, state, city, zip code, online status, experience, age, and more.

Have you hit a brick wall with your research? Don’t worry. Simply type in the name of the individual for whom you are searching. This name will be posted at FamilyLink.com and other individuals on FamilyLink.com may be able to assist you with tearing down that wall.

Researching a particular place? After typing in the research location, search results display a city page using geo-coded technology that displays all the FamilyLink.com individuals who live within up to 100 miles from the research location. The search result also displays those who are researching the same location.

Want to know where your ancestors lived? This feature displays the places where your ancestors were most populous, and also connects to local genealogists who can do local record lookups.

All these features and more will be available on August 31, 2007.

Solving the Mystery Ancestor Questions Through NewspaperARCHIVE.com

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

By Sherry Lindsay, WorldVitalRecords.com

Newspapers as a genealogical source most often come to mind when thinking about birth and marriage announcements and obituaries. But newspapers can have a great deal of lifestyle information as well. This is particularly true for small-town newspapers which feature anecdotal stories about birthday parties, family vacations and other such simple events. It is these sorts of stories that really bring life to ancestors. While it is great to have the vital dates, it is even better to know what kind of flowers were used at the wedding, who the family visited on vacation, and who went to who’s home to play cribbage.

I’ve always had a great affection for newspapers as a resource in genealogical research. I’ve had excellent luck with one branch of my family finding articles about messy lawsuits, courtroom brawls, bitter divorces, successful court appointments, plus the average obituaries and marriage announcements. Of course, the obituaries and marriage announcements provided excellent genealogical data, but the stories were the true treasures. It is the stories that bring life to deceased ancestors making the ancestor seem more real and substantive.

It is because of my love of newspapers that I am particularly excited about World Vital Records’ Wonderbase of the Week. With 226,995 newspaper pages equating to approximately 40 million records in the first set of data released today, searching newspapers for historical data has just become abundantly easier.

I’ve already used the database to learn a great deal about one of my family’s mysterious ancestors. I think every family has at least one mysterious ancestor–one where no one can seem to figure out anything about him. For my family, the mystery ancestor is my great-grandfather, Sherman Edward Danby (or was it Edward Sherman Danby?).

We knew a handful of things about Sherman’s later years, primarily everything after his marriage to Genevra Howes, but we never had been able to pin down his origins. Some family stories suggested he was from England; others suggested Ireland. Some family stories suggested that he fought in the Boer War. Others suggested that he immigrated to America because of some trouble he caused across the Atlantic. Within just an hour of searching the NewspaperARCHIVE database at NewspaperARCHIVE.com, I found a number of articles about this mystery man (plus a few about his son and grandson who share his name).

As it turns out, he was a correspondent for a British newspaper in the Boer War; he played soccer for an English soccer team; he was the public relations manager for the Hagenbeck circus, a popular circus at the turn of the century, and because of this job he owned a lioness which slept at the foot of his bed; and later he worked as the theater manager for a theater in St. Louis.

The information I found is great, not because it tells me exactly where Sherman was born or exactly who his parents were, but because it points me in the right direction to finding more information about him. As I pursue research on Sherman, I’ll use those newspaper articles as a guide to help me find the vital records my family has been overlooking over the years.

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Increase Access To A Half-Billion Records

Monday, August 27th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launches its second largest database containing valuable records from the 18th and 19th centuries

Provo, UT, August 27, 2007 NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database available online, has partnered with World Vital Records Inc.’s Web sites (WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com) in a unique way to provide increased access to a half billion records from newspapers ranging from 1759-1923.

“Historical newspapers contain valuable information about our ancestors, which may not have been preserved in any other form. By making these records easily accessible, we hope they can become a part of someone’s family history,” said Jeff Kiley, General Manager, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

The uniqueness of this partnership stems from the way in which World Vital Records, Inc. will extract vital record information from the newspapers and place it on its site.

“We wanted to have vital record information from early American newspapers. NewspaperARCHIVE.com has allowed us to extract this information from their newspapers that cover the first 160-years of their collection,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

With this partnership, NewspaperARCHIVE.com will provide several million pages of vital record data (approximately a half-billion online records), which will be available for subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“In my mind, this collection of newspapers is as valuable as the censuses because it contains similar information, with the occasional benefit of additional family data. I’m really excited about this partnership and for the increased access it will allow our viewers to experience,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

Once the material from NewspaperARCHIVE.com has been launched, the data will be available for free at WorldVitalRecords.com for a ten-day period. The first release of the data will include 40 million records. Subsequent releases will follow totaling more than a half-billion records. Some links to the data will also be available at FamilyLink.com (World Vital Records Inc.’s new genealogy social network).

“Reading these newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries are the closest we can get to actually experiencing that time period ourselves. Whether a newspaper helps to uncover a birth record or simply someone’s life profession, it can provide valuable facts that help solve those unanswered questions,” said Leslie Fredericks-Leamon, Web Marketing Strategist, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

Note: The NewspaperARCHIVE database will be online by midnight tonight (August 27, 2007).

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Increase Access To A Half-Billion Records

Monday, August 27th, 2007

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Increase Access To A Half-Billion Records

Valuable collection includes records from the 18th and 19th centuries

Provo, UT, August 27, 2007 — NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database available online, has partnered with World Vital Records Inc.’s Web sites (WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com) in a unique way to provide increased access to a half billion records from newspapers ranging from 1759-1923.

“Historical newspapers contain valuable information about our ancestors, which may not have been preserved in any other form. By making these records easily accessible, we hope they can become a part of someone’s family history,” said Jeff Kiley, General Manager, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

The uniqueness of this partnership stems from the way in which World Vital Records, Inc. will extract vital record information from the newspapers and place it on its site.

“We wanted to have vital record information from early American newspapers. NewspaperARCHIVE.com has allowed us to extract this information from their newspapers that cover the first 160-years of their collection,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

With this partnership, NewspaperARCHIVE.com will provide several million pages of vital record data (approximately a half-billion online records), which will be available for subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“In my mind, this collection of newspapers is as valuable as the censuses because it contains similar information, with the occasional benefit of additional family data. I’m really excited about this partnership and for the increased access it will allow our viewers to experience,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

Once the material from NewspaperARCHIVE.com has been launched, the data will be available for free at WorldVitalRecords.com for a ten-day period. The first release of the data will include 40 million records. Subsequent releases will follow totaling more than a half-billion records. Some links to the data will also be available at FamilyLink.com (World Vital Records Inc.’s new genealogy social network).

“Reading these newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries are the closest we can get to actually experiencing that time period ourselves. Whether a newspaper helps to uncover a birth record or simply someone’s life profession, it can provide valuable facts that help solve those unanswered questions,” said Leslie Fredericks-Leamon, Web Marketing Strategist, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

About NewspaperARCHIVE.com

NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. NewspaperARCHIVE.com adds newspaper pages faster than one can search them – with one newspaper page added every second – that’s over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month! Designed for any individual of any age or profession, NewspaperARCHIVE.com provides a comfortable and safe environment with easy-to-use tools for fast searching and browsing. NewspaperARCHIVE.com is owned by Heritage Microfilm of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began in 1999.

About World Vital Records, Inc.

Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

Look For Big Announcement From FamilyLink.com Next Monday (August 27, 2007)

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Next Monday(August 27, 2007), FamilyLink.com will be making a big announcement to announce some new features on the site. We are sure you will not want to miss the press release and the next newsletter issue of WorldVitalRecords.com.

In case you haven’t heard, FamilyLink.com is a new, free social genealogy network that helps individuals connect with local genealogists around the world, as well as their family and friends. Sign up today.

World Vital Records, Inc. Surpasses 10,000 Subscriber Mark

Friday, August 24th, 2007

World Vital Records, Inc. Surpasses 10,000 Subscriber Mark

Provo, UT, August 24, 2007 — Last October World Vital Records, Inc. sold its first membership subscription, and now less than one year later has surpassed its 10,000 subscriber milestone.

“I sure appreciate the faith of that first subscriber,” said David Lifferth, President World Vital Records, Inc. “She believed that we would continue to add at least one genealogy database each day and that her membership would increase in value every day It was the confidence of that first subscriber and 10,000 others that have provided the resources to continually expand our online databases and features.”

Christina Smith from Malden, MA was WorldVitalRecords.com’s first subscriber. She learned about WorldVitalRecords.com at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference last fall before its launch in October.

“I talked with the friendly people at WorldVitalRecords.com, picked up and read the literature, signed up for email, and waited for further news. I reasoned that a genealogical resource database company that was being started by individuals who had been instrumental in building Ancestry.com knew what they were doing and would do it well. I watched for the launch date and when it came, I signed up,” Smith said.

WorldVitalRecords.com adds at least one new database every day and currently has more than 1,500 databases representing nearly half a billion online names and records.

“I am very pleasantly impressed by what I have seen so far, and have signed up for a subscription. What clinched it for me was doing a search for my Polish family name and being amazed to find a reference to my mid-nineteenth century great-great grandparents in an obscure digitized Polish book, which I would never, never have found any other way. Please keep up the good work, and continue to amaze me,” said Natalie Lamb, Berkshire, England.

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Media Contact

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Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About World Vital Records, Inc.

Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers(R), Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch(TM).

Delightful Surprise Found In Everton Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

This past week, employees at WorldVitalRecords.com attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme of the conference was A Meeting at the Crossroads of America.

And we indeed met with people at the crossroads, as we talked with professional genealogists, first-time conference attendees, individuals representing many societies (FGS includes more than 500 societies), individuals who have developed products for the genealogy and family history market, along with thousands of others who are were in attendance for this FGS Conference.

While we were working at the booth last week we had a lady named Nancy Dzierzawski from Brooklyn, MI, come and share a funny success story with us. She said that she recently joined WorldVitalRecords.com and she was trying to trace an obscure name. She typed the name into the search box and found a result from the Everton Pedigree and Family Group Sheets database. She clicked on the result, saw the name and said, “Oh great. There is a family group sheet that has been submitted with the name.” Next Dzierzawski clicked on the family group sheet and discovered her own family group sheet that she had submitted more than 30 years ago when she received her first computer!

“It’s proof that all of those old group sheets that we sent to Everton are still there. They really were saved, and I was very pleased,” Dzierzawski said.