Archive for August, 2007

The Importance of Dates In Genealogical Work

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

By Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

In order to find a person, there are a few essential information bits that are necessary: Name, Date, and Location. When trying to help a user find Texan family members near Houston, there were many possible matches for the supplied surname and first name.

Without a date, there was no way to discover more information or to put the family into the context of the available records.

A fellow staff member at WorldVitalRecords.com also has had challenges when working with family members from three generations of males who died within a year of each other, who were named similarly. Keeping them straight is only due to birth dates and contextual marriage/descendant relationships.

One of the basics of genealogical research, dates often plague beginners. The further back in time a researcher moves, the more complicated and less-sure dates tend to be. For example, events happening in the early seventeenth century (pre-1753) usually are recorded in modern genealogical record books as 1733/34, or similar markings indicating the transition from Julian to Gregorian calendars.

Different nationalities write dates differently. Americans normally use a month-day-year format whereas Europeans generally use day-month-year. Genealogists typically follow the European conventions for dating their work.

Dates on documents also make a difference in the authenticity of a document or in family stories and legends. If a person was born before the date of the invention of the camera, then a prized family photo of a family member who died before the invention of the camera probably is not matched to the proper relative.

Often a check-up on proper relative fitting, no one’s mother had them when they were five. It is physically impossible, although many family histories tend to purport it without relatives realizing it! Other date situations make for interesting times as in the case of the family member who were enumerated the day before their birthday or within a few months of being born. Hence, an age may look incorrect, but is actually properly placed.

Work hard to prove the proper relationships, and always remember that dates that events occur are contextual clues by themselves.

Allen County Public Library Huge Attraction For FGS Conference Attendees

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Genealogists spend hours of serious research at the Genealogy Center, a remarkable family history destination

Front of Allen County Library

This past weekend, many FGS participants took the opportunity to visit the Genealogy Center housed at the Allen County Public Library.

The Genealogy Center has a collection of 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Plus, the Genealogy Center houses the largest English-language genealogy and local history periodical collections in the world, with more than 10,000 titles.

Employees from WorldVitalRecords.com spoke with librarians Linda Skow White from Thornton, Indiana and Sandy Isenhour from Lebanon, Indiana.

Allen County Public Library visitors

Shown above from left to right: Sandy Isenhour from Lebanon, Indiana and Linda Skow White from Thornton, Indiana

They expressed their excitement for the resources at the library and said that “The Allen County Public Library just does it all. Anything Kurt Witcher (head of the genealogy library) is involved with is going to be great”

Click here to listen to Sandy share her experiences at the Genealogy Center.

Click here to listen to Linda share her experience at the Genealogy Center.

50 New French-Canadian Marriage Databases Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, August 20th, 2007

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WorldVitalRecords.com launched 50 Canadian marriage databases today (August 20, 2007). These databases are from the Quintin Publications Collection and will be free to access until August 30, 2007. The databases go back as far as 1668 up until 1985.

Each database is a typescript transcription of the original records and is completely searchable. Most records include the date, the names of both the bride, groom and the parents of the couple. Some records also include witnesses and the name of the priest. These records are of great importance for anyone researching their French-Canadian ancestry.

Here is a list of the collection. Click here to access each database.

Access to WorldVitalRecords.com Now Available In 100 Family History Centers…and Counting

Friday, August 17th, 2007

For the past few months, a common question the support team at World Vital Records, Inc. has received is, “When will WorldVitalRecords.com be available to access at my family history center?”

And the answer to some is, “Right now.”

A representative from FamilySearchâ„¢ announced yesterday at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana that WorldVitalRecords.com can now be searched in 100 family history centers throughout the world.

Next week, WorldVitalRecords.com will be available to patrons in 500 additional family history centers. Within the next two weeks, WorldVitalRecords.com anticipates that patrons will be able to access WorldVitalRecords.com in more than 4,500 family history centers.

We hope you enjoy searching WorldVitalRecords.com the next time you visit your local family history center.

In case you missed the announcement about WorldVitalRecords.com being accessible in more than 4,500 family history centers worldwide, click here to read the press release.

Using Google Books Searches Effectively: Advanced Searching Tips

Friday, August 17th, 2007

By Amanda Forson, World Vital Records, Inc.

Over the weekend, I was looking up information on my ggg grandfather, Dennis Sweeney. Finding his parents is my current research objective, but I would be glad to find information on him, his children, his wife, or her family. By the end of my searching efforts, I found his wife’s parents, for whom we had only un-named census information (they came from Germany) before. Here is the Step-By-Step method used for finding pertinent information on this family line:

How I found it: Google Search for “dennis sweeney” navesink new jersey. Since Dennis died in Navesink in 1914 according to personal family information, I wanted to try to find if there was any information on him on the Internet. I got one result: Google Books, where he is listed as the father of William A. Sweeney, not my direct line, but there is information within this listing for mentioning him, his parents, and his mother’s parents.

To find this same information on WorldVitalRecords.com, first log in. Next, go to Advanced Search. Type in the given name of dennis and then sweeney. In the place area, type in navesink new jersey. Do not capitalize anything, and do not put in any commas. You will see that the only search that comes up is the same that I found via Google.

Searching Google Books on WorldVitalRecords.com may bring unexpected possibilities with the advantage of being able to be clear and distinct with the information you need. Trying to find your own Dennis Sweeney’s just got that much easier!

World Vital Records, Inc. At Indiana For Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

With the completion of the Allen County Library and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference, Indiana is full of enthusiastic, cheerful, and happy genealogists and historians, including employees from World Vital Records, Inc.

This week employees at WorldVitalRecords.com are attending the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The theme of the conference is A Meeting at the Crossroads of America.

And we are indeed meeting with people at the crossroads, as we have met 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 in attendance for this FGS Conference.

While we were working at the booth this morning 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 that 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.

Updates on the conference will be provided throughout the week.

Find A Grave Provides More Than 16 Million Grave Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

Search one of the largest collections of online burial information now at WorldVitalRecords.com.

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Provo, UT, August 13, 2007 Find A Grave announced its partnership recently with WorldVitalRecords.com, bringing more than 16 million grave records free to access online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Find A Grave is excited to bring our database of 16 million burial records to the growing World Vital Records’ community. We believe that the more accessible this information can be made, the more it will help people make meaningful family connections,” said Jim Tipton, CEO, Find A Grave.

Find A Grave has grown over the past 12 years with more than 200,000 individuals contributing valuable information such as lists of cemeteries, names, photographs, and additional burial information.

“Find A Grave started out as a hobby for Jim Tipton, which has become one of the most popular places on the Web to upload tombstone inscriptions. I’m thrilled with this partnership and with the success he has had in helping millions of people find the burial places of their loved ones,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Genealogy expert, Leland Meitzler, also applauded the new partnership.

“Find A Grave is growing rapidly. The growth on that site is absolutely unbelievable because there are volunteers everywhere contributing to it. People have figured out this is the easiest place online to put their burial information,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Director, Everton Publishers.

WorldVitalRecords.com is excited to be working with Find A Grave because of the great value the cemetery records will bring to its members.

“Cemetery records are critical for genealogy. The bottom line is that in many cases, the cemetery is the only place you will find a record of some folks. For some babies a cemetery is the only place where something was recorded that they actually lived,” Meitzler said. “Infant mortality was rampant, even in the U.S., just a few decades ago. In my own case, I have a number of children’s death records, and the only place I found them was in the cemetery.”

Individuals who wish to search for burial information should go to WorldVitalRecords.com, click on View All Databases, and then click on Find A Grave database under birth, marriage, and death records.

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches 100 Family Histories Today (August 13, 2007)

Monday, August 13th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com’s Wonderbase of the Week includes 100 family histories from the Quintin Publications Collection. These histories all start with the surname A, such as Adams, Allen, Armistead, Atkinson, Atwood, Auger, etc. The rest of the collection is forthcoming and will be launched in alphabetical order over the next few months.

The histories launched today will be free to access until August 23, 2007. The histories come from a variety of countries, including Chile, England, Ireland, and the United States.

Here is a list of the new histories that are available to access at WorldVitalRecords.com.
Genealogy of the Family of Adams of Brooklyn, New York
Anderson Family Records
The Ames Family of Bruton, Somerset, England
A Brief History of the Allen Family in America
Atkins: A New England Family
Family History. Containing a brief account of the families of Anderson, Davies, and Wersler
William Ames and Richard Ames : genealogy, 1799 – 1959
Ye Atte Wode Annals
Family Memorial
The Ash MSS. Written in the Year 1735 by Lieut.-Col. Thomas Ash and Other Family Records
The Atwood Family
History of the Adams Family with Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Descendants
The Ames family of Easton, Massachusetts
Records of a Family of the House of Alexander from 1640 – 1909
The Amidon Family: A Record of the Descendants of Roger Amadowne of Rehoboth Massachusetts
Memoria Historica sobre la Familia Alvarez de Toledo en Chile
One Hundred Thirty-Eight Generations from Adam
History of the Atwood Family in England and the United States
The Book of the Agnews: James Agnew of Pennsylvania
A History of the Allerton Family in the United States 1585 to 1885 and a Genealogy of the Descendants of Isaac Allerton
The Atkinsons of New Jersey from the Records of Friends Meetings and from offices of record in the state
Genealogy of the Andrews of Taunton and Stoughton Massachusetts
The Samuel Ames Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Samuel Ames of Canterbury New Hampshire. Six Generations, 1723 – 1891
Life of a Woman Pioneer: Elsie Strawn Armstrong, 1789 – 1871
The History of Some Aikin – Eakin Families in America
History of the Addington Family in the United States and England
The Groton Avery Clan, Volume 1
The Groton Avery Clan, Volume 2
Antrobus Pedigrees: The Story of a Cheshire Family
Descendants of John Adsit of Lyme Connecticut
An Arnold family record 323 years in America
The Abell Family in America
The Family and Descendants of Captain John Autry
Aldermans in America
The Averell – Averill – Avery Family: A Record of the Descendants of William and Abigail Averill of Ipswich Massachusetts
A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, Massachusetts
Genealogy and History of a Part of the Newbury Adams Family Formerly of Devonshire, England
Family of Asa Allcott
The Aspinwall Genealogy
(Austin) One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families
Henry Adams of Somerset England and Braintree Massachusetts
A Brief History of the Acker – Halbert Family
Descendants of William Ames of Bruton, England and Braintree, Massachusetts
Descendants of John Arew of Accomac County, Virginia who now Spell their Family Name Rew, Rue, and Rhue
Descendants of Joseph and Lucy Clark Allen
The Descendants of Job Atterbury
Genealogy of William and Mary Conley Agan, 1806 – 1968
A Genealogy of the Appleton Family
Genealogy of the Adams Family of Kingston, Massachusetts
James Andrews of Dighton and Conway, Massachusetts
Genealogical Record of the Dedham Branch of the Avery Family in America
John and Elizabeth (Buck) Auchincloss: Their Descendants and Their Ancestry
Long Island’s First Italian, 1639
Memorial of Captain Thomas Abbey, His Ancestors and Descendants
Memorials of Families of the Surname of Archer
Memorials of the Earl of Stirling and of the House of Alexander
Memories of the Arbuthnots of Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire
Notes of family history: The Anderson, Schofield, Pennypacker, Yocum, Crawford, Sutton, Lane, Richardson, Bevan, Aubrey, Bartholomew, De Haven, Jermain, and Walker Families
Rachel Williams-Adamson and her Hoosier Clan
A Record of the Descendants of John Alexander, of Lanarkshire, Scotland, and His Wife, Margaret Glasson, Who Emigrated from County Armagh, Ireland to Chester County Pennsylvania, 1736
The Rev. Amos Adams, A.M. (1728 – 1775)
A Rough Sketch of the Appleton Genealogy
Seth Adams: A Pioneer Ohio Shepherd
Some of the Archibald Tribe: Especially the Family of John Christie Archibald and Jane O’Brien Archibald
The Warren, Little, Lothrop, Park, Dix, Whitman, Fairchild, Platt, Wheeler, Lane, and Avery Pedigrees of Samuel Putnam Avery, 1847 – 1920
The Allen Memorial, Second Series: Descendants of Samuel Allen of Windsor Connecticut, 1604 – 1907
Adams Family Records: A Genealogical and Biographical History of all branches of the Adams Family, Volume 1
The History of the Alison or Allison Family in Europe and America, 1135 – 1893
George Allen – Ralph Allen: One Line of Their Descendants in New Jersey
Family History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Augur of New Haven Colony
Memorial of the Descendants of the Honorable John Alden
Genealogical and Historical Sketches of the Allen Family of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts, 1637 – 1890
A Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the Male Line of David Atwater
Albee Family Records
Genealogy of the Ainsworth Families in America
A Genealogical Register of the Descendants in the Male Line of David Atwater One of the Original Planters of New Haven Connecticut to the Sixth Generation
Ancestry and some descendants of Harman Atwood of Boston
The Auchmuty Family of Scotland and America
Ancestors and Descendants of Elias Adams, 1600 – 1930
A Genealogy of the Descendants of Robert Austin of Kingstown, Rhode Island
Abbe-Abbey Genealogy: In Memory of John Abbe and His Descendants
History of the Andrews Family. A Genealogy of Robert Andrews and His Descendants, 1635 – 1890
A Genealogy of Samuel Allen of Windsor Connectiuct and Some of His Descendants
The Fairfield County, Ohio, Families: Ashbaugh, Cherry, Davis, Leib
Family Biographies of the Families of Alexander, Wilkinson, Sparr and Guthrie
Genealogy of the Athey Family in Americam, 1642 – 1932
Family History, Anderson, etc. Addenda and Errata, Memorandum from Notes of the Anerson Family History
Genealogy of the Athey Family in Americam, 1642 – 1932
Memorial of Samuel Appleton of Ipswich Massachusetts
Valentin Alt: His Children and Hist Grandchildren
Armour Genealogy: James Armour of South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, 1800 – 1886, Volume 1, Part 1
The Armistead Family, 1635 – 1910
A History of the Acheson Family on the Paternal Side
The Ackerman Family Association Comprising the Descendants of George Ackerman, Mennonite, of Lower Milford Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
The Andersons from the Great Fork of the Patuxent
A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1635 – 1900
The Story of a Pilgrim Family From the Mayflower to the Present Time
The Anderson-Krogh Genealogy: Ancestral Lines and Descendants
The Adamson Saga, 1536 – 1936
A Genealogical History of that Branch of the Alger Family which Springs from Thomas Alger of Taunton and Bridgewater in Massachusetts, 1665 – 1875
Genealogical history of the Archer family from the time of the settlement of James Archer 1st, to the fifth generation, 1803 – 1919
Sketch of Alexander Alexander, Who Emigrated from County Down Ireland in the Year 1770 and Settled in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Chronicles of the Armstrongs
Ausmus Family History, 1711 – 1962
The Abbott – Adlum – Green Families
Hope Atherton and his Times
Genealogy of David Annis of Hopkinton and Bath New Hampshire. His Ancestors and Descendants
The Aspinwall and Aspinall Families of Lancashire, 1189 – 1923
The Ancestors and Descendants of Isaac Alden and Irene Smith his Wife, 1599 – 1903

Find A Grave Provides More Than 17 Million Grave Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Find A Grave Provides More Than 17 Million Grave Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Search one of the largest collections of online burial information now at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Provo, UT, August 10, 2007 — Find A Grave announced its partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com today, bringing more than 16 million grave records free to access online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Find A Grave is excited to bring our database of 16 million burial records to the growing World Vital Records’ community. We believe that the more accessible this information can be made, the more it will help people make meaningful family connections,” said Jim Tipton, CEO, Find A Grave.

Find A Grave has grown over the past 12 years with more than 200,000 individuals contributing valuable information such as lists of cemeteries, names, photographs, and additional burial information.

“Find A Grave started out as a hobby for Jim Tipton, which has become one of the most popular places on the Web to upload tombstone inscriptions. I’m thrilled with this partnership and with the success he has had in helping millions of people find the burial places of their loved ones,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Genealogy expert, Leland Meitzler, also applauded the new partnership.

“Find A Grave is growing rapidly. The growth on that site is absolutely unbelievable because there are volunteers everywhere contributing to it. People have figured out this is the easiest place online to put their burial information,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Director, Everton Publishers.

WorldVitalRecords.com is excited to be working with Find A Grave because of the great value the cemetery records will bring to its members.

“Cemetery records are critical for genealogy. The bottom line is that in many cases, the cemetery is the only place you will find a record of some folks. For some babies a cemetery is the only place where something was recorded that they actually lived,” Meitzler said. “Infant mortality was rampant, even in the U.S., just a few decades ago. In my own case, I have a number of children’s death records, and the only place I found them was in the cemetery.”

Individuals who wish to search for burial information should go to WorldVitalRecords.com, click on View All Databases, and then click on Find A Grave database under birth, marriage, and death records.

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Find A Grave

Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends, and family members. With millions of names, it’s an invaluable tool for genealogist and family history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos, bios. You can even leave ‘virtual flowers’ on the memorials you visit. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier online destination for tombstone tourists.

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„¢.

Genealogy Web Site Traffic Surges 400%

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Genealogy Web Site Traffic Surges 400%

Quantcast now ranks WorldVitalRecords.com among top 10,000 most popular Internet sites

Provo, UT, August 9, 2007 — According to Quantcast.com, a popular traffic reporting service, WorldVitalRecords.com is now ranked in the top 10,000 of the most popular sites on the Internet (9,100th to be exact). The number of unique visitors to the site has increased more than 400% since January 2007.

“We are gaining incredible momentum as we form partnerships with genealogy content providers from all over the world. We intend to become one of the top 1,000 Web sites within the next year,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

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

The company has signed agreements that will bring an additional 9,000 databases online in the next few months.

Much of the content at WorldVitalRecords.com comes from partners such as Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Ellis Island Foundation, SmallTownPapers®, and Accessible Archives.

“We continue to form partnerships every month with content providers from around the globe. We collaborate with partners by indexing and hosting their databases and then promoting that content through search engines and our affiliate network,” said Yvette Arts, Director of Content Acquisition. “Our goal is to offer wider public access to historical and vital records.”

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
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®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, and FamilySearchâ„¢.