Archive for September, 2007

Upload Your Family Tree On Familylink.com And Get Connected With The Perfect Genealogists For Free!

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

PROVO, UT, September 13, 2007 FamilyLink.com, a free, social networking site for genealogists, announced its launch today of Family Tree Viewer, allowing individuals to upload their family tree and expand it with the help of local genealogists from all over the world.

“I am so excited about the new features of FamilyLink.com. This is groundbreaking in so many ways. This site will change the genealogy world,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

When individuals upload their family trees, they can quickly connect with other genealogists who live in the same places they are researching who can help them extend their trees by finding records they could not easily access for themselves.

For example, suppose an individual has hit a brick wall who is doing genealogical research in Sweden. With a few clicks of the mouse, this person could easily find all the individuals who are currently researching Swedish records, as well as the individuals who are living in Sweden. Plus, once a family tree has been uploaded at FamilyLink.com, individuals can easily access on a single page the top surnames of their ancestors and find other genealogists who have interest in or who are researching the same surname with just one click. FamilyLink.com does all the work.

“FamilyLink.com is becoming the best way to connect with genealogists, and soon will become the best in the world,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com. “Using FamilyLink.com, people will be able to find the perfect genealogists who can help them the most with their research.

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

  • Quickly view up to 12 generations of their family tree
  • View their pedigree in five different formats: standard, compact, box, text, and ahnentafel
  • 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, albums, etc.
  • See information that has been added in the past 30 days
  • View a statistics page containing information about their GEDCOMs
  • Search through a large repository of information
  • Find surnames, bookmarks, places, dates, and cemeteries

Although FamilyLink.com is free and accessible to anyone, FamilyLink.com users decide exactly who has permission to view their family trees, their profiles, as well as any information they post on the site. FamilyLink has a philosophy: “Your family tree is YOUR data. You can remove it at any time, limit who can see it, collaborate with others and grow it together, and share it with whom you choose. We will never charge others to search and access YOUR data.”

“At FamilyLink, we strongly believe people have a right to their data, and we respect that,” McGowan said. “People have spent decades working on their family trees. They should be the ones who decide what happens to their family history data. We just need to make sure that we continue to build products and services where people want to keep their data on our site.”

In addition to the Family Tree Viewer, individuals at FamilyLink.com can upload their GEDCOM files, send messages to genealogists in more than 20 countries, upload photos of their favorite ancestors, and connect with more than 13,000 genealogists and family historians in more than 1,600 places. “FamilyLink.com will change the world of genealogy and family history. After you have seen the amazing power of this free social network for families, family historians, and genealogists you will think that this is why the Internet was created,” Lifferth said.

Come, upload your family tree and see what all the fuss is about!

Upload Your Family Tree On Familylink.com And Get Connected With The Perfect Genealogists For Free!

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Upload Your Family Tree On Familylink.com And Get Connected With The Perfect Genealogists For Free!

PROVO, UT, September 13, 2007 — FamilyLink.com, a free, social networking site for genealogists, announced its launch today of Family Tree Viewer, allowing individuals to upload their family tree and expand it with the help of local genealogists from all over the world.

“I am so excited about the new features of FamilyLink.com. This is groundbreaking in so many ways. This site will change the genealogy world,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

When individuals upload their family trees, they can quickly connect with other genealogists who live in the same places they are researching who can help them extend their trees by finding records they could not easily access for themselves.

For example, suppose an individual has hit a brick wall who is doing genealogical research in Sweden. With a few clicks of the mouse, this person could easily find all the individuals who are currently researching Swedish records, as well as the individuals who are living in Sweden.

Plus, once a family tree has been uploaded at FamilyLink.com, individuals can easily access on a single page the top surnames of their ancestors and find other genealogists who have interest in or who are researching the same surname with just one click. FamilyLink.com does all the work.

“FamilyLink.com is becoming the best way to connect with genealogists, and soon will become the best in the world,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com. “Using FamilyLink.com, people will be able to find the perfect genealogists who can help them the most with their research.

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

  • Quickly view up to 12 generations of their family tree
  • View their pedigree in five different formats: standard, compact, box, text, and ahnentafel
  • 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, albums, etc.
  • See information that has been added in the past 30 days
  • View a statistics page containing information about their GEDCOMs
  • Search through a large repository of information
  • Find surnames, bookmarks, places, dates, and cemeteries

Although FamilyLink.com is free and accessible to anyone, FamilyLink.com users decide exactly who has permission to view their family trees, their profiles, as well as any information they post on the site.FamilyLink has a philosophy: “Your family tree is YOUR data. You can remove it at any time, limit who can see it, collaborate with others and grow it together, and share it with whom you choose. We will never charge others to search and access YOUR data.”

“At FamilyLink, we strongly believe people have a right to their data, and we respect that,” McGowan said. “People have spent decades working on their family trees. They should be the ones who decide what happens to their family history data. We just need to make sure that we continue to build products and services where people want to keep their data on our site.”

In addition to the Family Tree Viewer, individuals at FamilyLink.com can upload their GEDCOM files, send messages to genealogists in more than 20 countries, upload photos of their favorite ancestors, and connect with more than 13,000 genealogists and family historians in more than 1,600 places.

“FamilyLink.com will change the world of genealogy and family history. After you have seen the amazing power of this free social network for families, family historians, and genealogists you will think that this is why the Internet was created,” Lifferth said.

Come, upload your family tree and see what all the fuss is about!

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Media Relations
FamilyLink.com

http://www.familylink.com

whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com

FamilyLink.com is a social networking site that provides an innovative platform for individuals to connect, research family history, and preserve memories. FamilyLink.com has been created in a response to help genealogists from all over the world gather the information they need in a vibrantly efficient, fun, and easy way. Founded by Paul Allen in 2007, FamilyLink.com is a worldwide effort to help individuals collaborate on a global scale.

30 New Family Histories Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Today, WorldVitalRecords.com launched 30 new family histories with surnames beginning with the letter “D,” ranging from Deavor to Dwight. These histories are from the Quintin Publications Collection and will be free to access until September 22, 2007.

“Whatever value is attached to history in general applies also to the history of a race or family. ‘Posthumous influences like shadows project themselves in the present’ to cheer our fainting hearts. Friends long departed seem to meet us again on the field of conflict. What monument more worthy than history shall perpetuate their memory?

We need history to supplement our treacherous human memories – it is our only guide when memory fails. Family history is of financial importance. Fortunes have been lost or misappropriated for the want of sufficient records. I trust this book will bring to light a long-hidden legacy. Finally, definite knowledge of our ancestry is a mark of intelligence for which there is no apology. We need to remember that ‘blood is thicker than water,’ and often more precious.” Introduction in A Brief History of the Deavor Family in America.

Here is a list of the new databases. Click here to access these records.

  • A Brief History of the Deavor Family in America (Free for 10 more days)
  • An Account of the Family Reunion of the Descendants of Samuel Diehl, of Friend’s Cove, Bedford County, Pennsylvania (Free for 10 more days)
  • Ancestors and Descendants of Richard Dunham and His Wife, Laura Allen, of Warren, Pennsylvania (Free for 10 more days)
  • Daniel Families of the Southern States: A Compilation Covering One Hundred Thirteen Daniel Families (Free for 10 more days)
  • Dann and Montgomery Chronicles: Our Farm and Our Family (Free for 10 more days)
  • Davidson Genealogy (Free for 10 more days)
  • Davis, Jesse Buford, 1845 Kentucky – 1928 Missouri (Free for 10 more days)
  • DeJarnette & Allied Families in America (Free for 10 more days)
  • Dickerson and Walden Families (Free for 10 more days)
  • Driggs Family History: Book One, Beginnings in America (Free for 10 more days)
  • Early History of the Draper Family of Sussex County, Delaware (Free for 10 more days)
  • Genealogical and Historical Directory Paternal Descendants of the Diehl Families (Free for 10 more days)
  • History of the Clan Donald: The Families of MacDonald, McDonald and McDonnell (Free for 10 more days)
  • Life of George Dewey and Dewey Family History (Free for 10 more days)
  • Southern Kith and Kin: Davis Family and Connections, Volume 2 (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dailey Family: A Biographical History and Genealogy of the Descendants of Ebenezer Dailey (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dallam Family: An Effort to assemble and preserve the History of an Anglo-American Family, 1690 – 1929 (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dana Family in America (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dare Family History (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Darling Family in America, Early Settlers Prior to 1800 (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Davidson Genealogy (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Davidson’s Genealogy and History (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Davis Family (Davies and David) in Wales and America: Genealogy of Morgan David of Pennsylvania (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dawkins and Stewart Families of Virginia and Kentucky (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Drake Family of New Hampshire (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Draytons of South Carolina and Philadelphia (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Dunaways of Virginia (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Durst and Darst Families of America with Discussions of Some Forty Related Famlies (Free for 10 more days)
  • The Genealogy History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621 – 1899 (Free for 10 more days)
  • The History of the Descendants of John Dwight of Dedham, Massachusetts (Free for 10 more days)

Catch The Craze: Upload Your Family Tree Now At FamilyLink.com

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Click on the graphic below to upload your tree!!!

50th Celebration

If you haven’t uploaded your family tree yet at FamilyLink.com, catch the craze and do it now!
Currently 460,000 individuals have been added to FamilyLink.com, including more than 238,00 males and 219,000 females. FamilyLink.com also has more than 7,600 sources.

Currently there are more than 166,000 families that have been added to FamilyLink.com and 37,000 unique surnames.

Important: Your family tree is YOUR data. You can remove it at any time, limit who can see it, collaborate with others and grow it together, and share it with whomever you choose. We will never charge others to search and access YOUR data.

Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launches first Latin American database, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar

Argentinian Family

Provo, UT, September 11, 2007 — The largest online genealogy tree database of Argentinian people is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com through a recent partnership with Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

When I was contacted by WorldVitalRecords.com I recognized immediately the benefits of this partnership. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has a lot of family data that branches into North American family records. WorldVitalRecords.com will be the key to reach them and to develop those links,” said Francisco Fernández Bell Fano, President, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

Fernández Bell Fano started the project in an effort to learn more about his family. The project has now expanded to include more than 130,000 entries which are all connected to one another and not a loose list of individuals from different sources. This database is considered to be the largest genealogical database in South America.

“This is our first collection from Latin America. The archive is full of rich-relationship data that will expand as individuals continue to contribute data to Familias-Argentinas.com.ar,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

One of the purposes of the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is to collect names of individuals who are blood or legally related, but the main purpose is to help preserve the culture and history of the Argentinian people. After the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has been launched, it will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com for 10 days.

WorldVitalRecords.com currently has more than 300 databases in its international collection, including records from a variety of countries, such as Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, and Scotland. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is WorldVitalRecords.com’s first database from Latin America.

“We are actively gathering data from all over the world, and this wonderful acquisition from Argentina represents the beginnings of our worldwide collection that we will launch later this year,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

WorldVitalRecords.com launches first Latin American database, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar

Provo, UT, September 11, 2007 — The largest online genealogy tree database of Argentinian people is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com through a recent partnership with Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

“When I was contacted by WorldVitalRecords.com I recognized immediately the benefits of this partnership. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has a lot of family data that branches into North American family records. WorldVitalRecords.com will be the key to reach them and to develop those links,” said Francisco Fernández Bell Fano, President, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

Fernández Bell Fano started the project in an effort to learn more about his family. The project has now expanded to include more than 130,000 entries which are all connected to one another and not a loose list of individuals from different sources. This database is considered to be the largest genealogical database in South America.

“This is our first collection from Latin America. The archive is full of rich-relationship data that will continue to expand as Familias-Argentinas.com.ar builds its database,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

One of the purposes of the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is to collect names of individuals who are blood or legal related but the main purpose is to help preserve the culture and history of the Argentinian people. After the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has been launched, it will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com for 10 days.

WorldVitalRecords.com currently has more than 300 databases in its international collection, including records from a variety of countries, such as Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is WorldVitalRecords.com’s first database from Latin America.

“We are actively gathering data from all over the world, and this wonderful acquisition from Argentina represents the beginnings of our worldwide collection that we will launch later this year,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Familias-Argentinas.com.ar

Familias-Argentinas.com.ar is a project that started in 1994 as a family tree. In 2000, the benefits of posting the data on the Internet were undeniable. A Web page was created with a database of almost 14,000 related persons. Since then many genealogists and family history fans have helped with the project through corrections, new branches, and even genealogical books. In the Familias Argentinas database individuals can find not only information on most of Argentinian personalities, but also many proven connections to European royal families from Spain, France, England, and other countries (for example Windsor and Romanov families are connected to Argentinian families). The oldest branches date back as far as 350 years after Christ. All of the data has been uploaded one by one to maintain the coherence of the database and to avoid duplicity. But more importantly, every single name is added only if it links to any of the existing family branches that Familias Argentinas tracks. This feature, in turn, assures Familias-Argentinas.com.ar that the database is the biggest South American database in which all 130,000 people are connected to each other.

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, NewspaperARCHIVE, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches 50 Family Histories Today

Monday, September 10th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com launched 50 family histories today (September 10, 2007) from the Quintin Publications Collection. The family names that were launched today start with the letter “D.”

WorldVitalRecords.com will continue to launch more than 200 family histories throughout the rest of this week that also begin with the letter “D.” All of these family histories will be free to access for 10 days.

Click here
to access these family histories, and additional content from Quintin Publications.

The Value of State and Local Histories

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Earlier this week (September 4, 2007), WorldVitalRecords.com launched 100 state and local histories from the Quintin Publications Collection. Some of the states in this launch include Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. These state and local histories will be free to access until September 14, 2007.

As part of the launch, Sherry Lindsay, World Vital Records, Inc., wrote the following article regarding the value of state and local histories:

State and local histories can be a great resource for genealogical research. Although they are secondary sources, they often can point you in the right direction to find the resources you need.

Most state and local histories you will find were published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Often these histories enumerate the general history of the area, including the development and growth of the region and industrial information.

Histories sometimes also include the role of certain regions during large conflicts, like the Civil War. Writers frequently included information about how a town was affected by conflicts (local conflicts as well as national or world-wide conflicts). State and local histories often include a variety of maps including topographical as well as plat maps. Many histories also include lists of political leaders, military personnel, and appointed officials.

This type of information is very valuable for family history. Knowing what an ancestor’s hometown was like can add some character to that ancestor. It helps to know what problems the ancestor faced in his community and what life was typically like in that community. Also, knowing the general migration patterns and trends that are associated with the area can help in finding an ancestor with unknown origins.

Many genealogists believe the true value of these histories is found in the biographical sketches that are almost always included. Usually biographical sketches include the vital information about the subject as well as professional and lifestyle information including political party, community or church involvement. These sketches may list valuable information about the subject’s parents, siblings, spouse and children. Most of these sketches were written by a family member or friend who paid to have the sketch included. For that reason, the sketches almost always paint the subject in a positive light.

Because a biographical sketch can rarely be viewed as a primary source, it is important to verify the information. Usually the sketches do not list the source of the information. Even a family member can sometimes become confused about dates, places, and names. Fortunately, though, biographical sketches are fantastic sources for finding clues about where to search next. Finding a sketch about an ancestor for whom you have very little information can lead to the valuable original sources that have been overlooked in the past.

The Value of Families Within Pedigrees

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

By Amanda Forson, World Vital Records, Inc.

Individual ancestors aren’t alone. Although researchers feel primarily responsible for their individual lineages, an ancestor without his brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles along with child-parent relationships is feeble, and almost useless. While many genealogical researchers emphasize historical information for filling in details, there is no bigger detail that can be left out than the closest relatives that any person has.

The personal motto of this author is that there are no such things as brick walls; only sources that have not yet come to light or that the researcher is ignorant about. One easily-accessible source that contains such details is the United States census. While this source mainly helps with more-recent relatives (example: 1790-present for American censuses), it is a great source for keeping track of family members over time.

Although my grandfather does not come up on the 1930 census, his brother and half brother do along with his parents. In other census cases, there were searches for a sibling’s husband or wife that came up with information that otherwise would have been impossible to find had I been searching only for the direct line. One case would be the 1870 census where an ancestor, Salemma Mosher, became Solomon Mosher, even though Solomon is listed as a 16-year old female!

Checking through other relatives confirmed her identity, and helped another researcher and me piece together a family connection otherwise unknown. Try searching for siblings, aunts, and uncles. My Ethel Seely would be lost except for her staying with her cousins during the 1900 census enumeration. You may be amazed by who is found when searching for the whole family, and not solely for direct-line lineages.

Explore New York Times’ Archive at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

This week WorldVitalRecords.com launched a database from the New York Times. The years that are currently available from this prestigious newspaper are 1863, 1864, 1865, and 1918. The New York Times database contains 2,390,930 records.

This database will be free to access until September 14, 2007. The database comes from NewspaperARCHIVE, one of World Vital Records, Inc.’s partners.

Click on the link below to access the New York Times archive:

New York Times (New York, New York) (Free until September 14, 2007)