Archive for October, 2007

E-Yearbook.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Greater Accessibility To Old College Yearbooks

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Provo, UT (PRWEB) October 31, 2007 – E-Yearbook.com announced its partnership with World Vital Records, Inc. today, bringing greater online accessibility to thousands of names from hundreds of old college yearbooks.

The partnership with E-Yearbook.com will allow World Vital Records subscribers access to yearbooks from the late 1800’s to 1960, containing rich data and images of the student body members, school traditions, faculty and staff members, clubs, Greek life, ROTC, intramurals, and more. E-Yearbook collection will be offered to World Vital Records on an exclusive basis for genealogy searches.

I am so excited to have these yearbooks as part of the World Vital Records’ collection. They definitely give a rich flavor to history

“We are extremely excited about working with World Vital Records, and obviously with Paul Allen who is a luminary in the genealogy world,” said Bryan Michael, President, E-Yearbook.com. “We are excited about this partnership because we believe in World Vital Records, in Paul, and in his vision. The success and growth of World Vital Records has made it clear that World Vital Records is going to be one of the largest and most important companies in this industry.”

“I am so excited to have these yearbooks as part of the World Vital Records’ collection. They definitely give a rich flavor to history,” said Paul Allen, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “I have been so impressed with E-Yearbook.com and their approach to digitizing yearbook archives.”

E-Yearbook.com has exclusive content license agreements with dozens of major universities such as the University of California Berkeley, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas (Austin). Some of the larger yearbooks that will be part of the collection offered at World Vital Records contain tens of thousands of names with associated images, as well as rich, historical data. For example, the University of Texas at Austin Cactus yearbook collection is the oldest publication on campus, containing more than 114 volumes of rich historical data. The University of California Berkeley published the first Blue and Gold yearbook in 1875.

Many genealogists find great value in using old yearbooks for research. In fact, using yearbooks for genealogical purposes is one of the most common reasons E-Yearbook.com members utilize this resource.

These yearbooks are the most popular collection in our Center. Young people want to see Grandma, middle aged folks want to reminisce about former girl or boyfriends, and the football games in which they scored the winning touchdown! We regularly have television crews come in to take pictures of people in the news, and we have had the FBI, too!,” said Carol Willsey Bell, Genealogist, Local History & Genealogy Center, Warren, OH.

Additional college yearbooks will be included at World Vital Records as they become available through E-Yearbook.com.

About E-Yearbook.com:
E-Yearbook.com was founded in 2004 and today is the leading provider of subscription services to search and browse old college yearbooks on the Internet. Consumers use E-Yearbook.com to search for old classmates, research genealogy, browse a remarkable college sports history archive, Greek life records as well as clubs and other content.

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 tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

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E-Yearbook.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Greater Accessibility To Old College Yearbooks

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

E-Yearbook.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Greater Accessibility To Old College Yearbooks

e-Yearbook.com

Provo, UT (PRWEB) October 31, 2007 – E-Yearbook.com announced its partnership with World Vital Records, Inc. today, bringing greater online accessibility to thousands of names from hundreds of old college yearbooks.

The partnership with E-Yearbook.com will allow World Vital Records subscribers access to yearbooks from the late 1800’s to 1960, containing rich data and images of the student body members, school traditions, faculty and staff members, clubs, Greek life, ROTC, intramurals, and more. E-Yearbook collection will be offered to World Vital Records on an exclusive basis for genealogy searches.

“We are extremely excited about working with World Vital Records, and obviously with Paul Allen who is a luminary in the genealogy world,” said Bryan Michael, President, E-Yearbook.com. “We are excited about this partnership because we believe in World Vital Records, in Paul, and in his vision. The success and growth of World Vital Records has made it clear that World Vital Records is going to be one of the largest and most important companies in this industry.”

“I am so excited to have these yearbooks as part of the World Vital Records’ collection. They definitely give a rich flavor to history,” said Paul Allen, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “I have been so impressed with E-Yearbook.com and their approach to digitizing yearbook archives.”

E-Yearbook.com has exclusive content license agreements with dozens of major universities such as the University of California Berkeley, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas (Austin). Some of the larger yearbooks that will be part of the collection offered at World Vital Records contain tens of thousands of names with associated images, as well as rich, historical data. For example, the University of Texas at Austin Cactus yearbook collection is the oldest publication on campus, containing more than 114 volumes of rich historical data. The University of California Berkeley published the first Blue and Gold yearbook in 1875.

Many genealogists find great value in using old yearbooks for research. In fact, using yearbooks for genealogical purposes is one of the most common reasons E-Yearbook.com members utilize this resource.

These yearbooks are the most popular collection in our Center. Young people want to see Grandma, middle aged folks want to reminisce about former girl or boyfriends, and the football games in which they scored the winning touchdown! We regularly have television crews come in to take pictures of people in the news, and we have had the FBI, too!,” said Carol Willsey Bell, Genealogist, Local History & Genealogy Center, Warren, OH.

Additional college yearbooks will be included at World Vital Records as they become available through E-Yearbook.com.

Check Out Some Halloween Databases At WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Salem Witch Trial

Happy Halloween From World Vital Records, Inc. We hope you have a spooky time searching these databases.
(You will need to be logged in to view the databases.)

If you are not too scared, take a look at these Halloween-themed databases from WorldVitalRecords.com.

World Vital Records Adds 63 Million Names from SmallTownPapers Collection

Friday, October 26th, 2007

PROVO, UT, October 26, 2007—World Vital Records, Inc. has increased its newspaper offerings from SmallTownPapers by adding more than 63 million names from the SmallTownPapers Collection to WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are committed to providing this unique and exclusive material to the genealogy community through WorldVitalRecords which continues to amaze all of us with its incredible growth,” said Paul Jeffko, President, SmallTownPapers, Inc. “We are pleased to be part of such a valuable offering which now includes in total, more than 200 million names from our historic archive of small-town newspapers.”

With this newly expanded offering, 312 newspapers have been updated and 17 new titles have been added to the SmallTownPapers Collection accessible on the WorldVitalRecords website. These newspapers provide anecdotal information, as well as vital record data from local newspapers across the United States which were printed from the 1800s through last week.

“Our partnership with SmallTownPapers continues to provide a rich resource for individuals who come to our site looking for unique data about their ancestors,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Our users appreciate the value of the personal family history data that is found in small-town papers from all over the U.S.”

Among the new newspapers are three from Washington state including the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, the Coulee City News, the Tri-County Tribune. There are also new titles from Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas.

“I am very pleased with the SmallTownPapers Collection at WorldVitalRecords.com, as it includes my home town paper, the Ortonville Independent. There are many articles of my family in them, even pictures of my dad,” said LaRae Schaffer, World Vital Records, Inc. subscriber, Lakeville, MN.

The newspapers that received updates cover small towns throughout the United States with several coming from Texas including the Malakoff News from Malakoff, Texas. There are also updates of many newspapers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington, and West Virginia. The SmallTownPapers Collection can be accessed at http://worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=stp. Many individuals have found success finding their ancestors as they have searched this valuable collection.

“Last week we had a prospective business partner from Seattle come to Provo to visit with us. I asked her where her family was from and navigated to the data for the state of Washington. About halfway down the list of nearly 50 databases, she saw the Deer Park Tribune and the Deer Park Union newspapers from the SmallTownPapers Collection on our site. She exclaimed, ‘That is where I am from!’ She then began to browse through the newspaper and found where both her husband and she were listed as being on the honor roll in their high school,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “Both of us were amazed by her quick find. She quickly gained an understanding of the power of the ever-growing database collection on WorldVitalRecords.com.”

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com


About SmallTownPapers®

SmallTownPapers is a leading solution provider for publishers of America’s 5000 small market newspapers. Working with publishers nationwide, the Seattle-based company digitally preserves current and archive editions and provides searchable online access to the newspapers. Additionally, SmallTownPapers provides millions of news consumers across the country with access to real-time news and information from small town America. Today, more than 350 newspapers from 46 states can be accessed and searched through SmallTownPapers. The archive, containing editions dating as far back as the 1800s, continues to grow as publishers discover SmallTownPapers in their search for comprehensive digital archive solutions.

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 tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

World Vital Records Adds 63 Million Names from SmallTownPapers Collection

Friday, October 26th, 2007

PROVO, UT, October 26, 2007—World Vital Records, Inc. has increased its newspaper offerings from SmallTownPapers by adding more than 63 million names from the SmallTownPapers Collection to WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are committed to providing this unique and exclusive material to the genealogy community through WorldVitalRecords which continues to amaze all of us with its incredible growth,” said Paul Jeffko, President, SmallTownPapers, Inc. “We are pleased to be part of such a valuable offering which now includes in total, more than 200 million names from our historic archive of small-town newspapers.”

With this newly expanded offering, 312 newspapers have been updated and 17 new titles have been added to the SmallTownPapers Collection accessible on the WorldVitalRecords website. These newspapers provide anecdotal information, as well as vital record data from local newspapers across the United States which were printed from the 1800s through last week.

“Our partnership with SmallTownPapers continues to provide a rich resource for individuals who come to our site looking for unique data about their ancestors,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Our users appreciate the value of the personal family history data that is found in small-town papers from all over the U.S.”

Among the new newspapers are three from Washington state including the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, the Coulee City News, the Tri-County Tribune. There are also new titles from Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas.

“I am very pleased with the SmallTownPapers Collection at WorldVitalRecords.com, as it includes my home town paper, the Ortonville Independent. There are many articles of my family in them, even pictures of my dad,” said LaRae Schaffer, World Vital Records, Inc. subscriber, Lakeville, MN.

The newspapers that received updates cover small towns throughout the United States with several coming from Texas including the Malakoff News from Malakoff, Texas. There are also updates of many newspapers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington, and West Virginia. The SmallTownPapers Collection can be accessed at http://worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=stp. Many individuals have found success finding their ancestors as they have searched this valuable collection.

“Last week we had a prospective business partner from Seattle come to Provo to visit with us. I asked her where her family was from and navigated to the data for the state of Washington. About halfway down the list of nearly 50 databases, she saw the Deer Park Tribune and the Deer Park Union newspapers from the SmallTownPapers Collection on our site. She exclaimed, ‘That is where I am from!’ She then began to browse through the newspaper and found where both her husband and she were listed as being on the honor roll in their high school,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “Both of us were amazed by her quick find. She quickly gained an understanding of the power of the ever-growing database collection on WorldVitalRecords.com.”

xxx

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com


About SmallTownPapers®

SmallTownPapers is a leading solution provider for publishers of America’s 5000 small market newspapers. Working with publishers nationwide, the Seattle-based company digitally preserves current and archive editions and provides searchable online access to the newspapers. Additionally, SmallTownPapers provides millions of news consumers across the country with access to real-time news and information from small town America. Today, more than 350 newspapers from 46 states can be accessed and searched through SmallTownPapers. The archive, containing editions dating as far back as the 1800s, continues to grow as publishers discover SmallTownPapers in their search for comprehensive digital archive solutions.

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 tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Approaches to Organization of Computerized Genealogical Files

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

By Amanda Forson, World Vital Records, Inc.

1. The first approach is a prelude to the second. For the first approach, researchers have only their own GEDCOM files to worry about, and their own documents, information, etc. This is the approach for someone who is new to genealogy.

2. The second approach is for someone who is picking up where someone else left off, be it a family member, a professional researcher, or a genealogical correspondent. This approach may contain more leads, but also contains possible mistakes. Mixed-bag results, this approach eventually blends with approach A after a few steps.

Both of these approaches arrive with the assumption that home materials are in a known location, accompanied by a fresh resolve to get started on genealogical research.

From assumption “A,” type in all the known information into a personal genealogical database program. Save this information under the file heading, Genealogy. From here, enter approach “B” tactics: Karl Swenson*, loyal newsletter reader from Orem, Utah, suggests two subdivisions of files: Correspondence and GEDCOM’s. From here, he suggests subdividing the files by surname.

For my personal files, I have the GEDCOMS listed underneath particular larger-surnamed family lines according to how I look for their information in my overall pedigree chart. If, for example, I am looking for information on my father’s side, then I am not going to look for my mother’s great- grandmother’s information under that particular file name. I have found no proof or hints that my mother’s side and father’s side relate outside of their marriage, so it is unlikely that the two lines would overlap.

My personal email provider is accessible from any computer, and so I keep personal genealogical correspondence also listed by surname within the email provider. If I sent out more snail mail correspondence, or saved it to my hard drive, then the division for correspondence within my computer folders would make good sense. As it is, I try to keep pictures and documents separated in their own folders. Currently, I do not have enough pictures and documents scanned to necessitate a large amount of extra folders for the contents that currently fit under “Personal Family Documents.”

If there were more than 200 pictures or documents, then further organization would be necessary. More information is more useful, but also requires further organization. Whenever I receive new information for my files and the information seems large enough to merit a new folder, it becomes created. This habit keeps me from future frustrations when trying to find particular information as everything fits into its slot as soon as I receive it.

Others use other formats in organizing their family files. This is not an exhaustive study, but a tip for helping those stuck not knowing where to go or how to compartmentalize an ever-expanding array of possible data that comes with good research methods.
*Name used by permission.

World Vital Records Provides Special Discounted Prices on Popular Genealogy Software

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

As a way of saying thanks to its subscribers, World Vital Records, Inc. has arranged special discounted prices on some of the most popular genealogy software.

World Vital Records’ members can now receive a sizeable discount (up to 33% off!) on the following products:

* Ancestral Quest
* Family Reunion Organizer
* Genlines
* Handybook for Genealogists
* Legacy Charting Companion
* Legacy Family Tree
* Map My Family Tree
* PAF Insight
* PAFWiz Enhancements for PAF 5
* Personal Historian
* RootsMagic

Discounted subscriptions to Everton’s Genealogical Helper are also available with any World Vital Records’ purchase.

Click here to see these discounted offers.

Note: You must be logged into World Vital Records to view these special offers for WorldVitalRecords.com members only.

More Than 63 Million New Names Added To World Vital Records’ Site From SmallTownPapers®

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007


World Vital Records, Inc. has increased its holdings of newspapers from SmallTownPapers®. In this recent update, more than 63 million names have been added to the World Vital Records’ index. Click here to access this database.

Within this update, 312 newspapers that were already in World Vital Records’ have been updated to include more images. Additionally, 17 new newspapers from SmallTownPapers are now available at World Vital Records.

Among the new newspapers are three from Washington state including the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, the Coulee City News, the Tri-County Tribune. There are also new papers from Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas.

The newspapers that received updates cover small towns throughout the United States. Several of the updated newspapers come from Texas including the Malakoff News from Malakoff, Texas. There were also many newspapers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington, and West Virginia.

If previous searches in the SmallTownPapers’ collection on the World Vital Records’ site did not yield positive results, now is an excellent time to try searching again.

Wonderbase of the Week: 287 Million New NewspaperARCHIVE Records Now Online at World Vital Records, Inc.

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

World Vital Records, Inc. has added 287 million new records this week from the NewspaperARCHIVE collection. These records will be free to access until October 28, 2007. These databases include 28 newspapers from Iowa, 10 newspapers from Pennsylvania, and 3 from Wisconsin.

View the NewspaperARCHIVE collection.

Previous Research-Filling in the Blanks

Friday, October 19th, 2007

By Amanda Forson, World Vital Records, Inc.

This article is for those who already have some genealogical records, but want to increase their proof of these generations.

Day One: Bring out your dead! Gather the genealogical materials that are immediately available pertaining the living and deceased family (family group sheets, pedigree charts, pictures, etc.).

Day Two:
If the information is not already in a personal genealogical database program, use the rest of the fifteen minutes a day this week to complete this task (depending upon the size of the files). We recommend using Ancestral Quest, PAF, or RootsMagic to accomplish this. (World Vital Records’ members can get a discount on these items. Note: PAF is a free program. PAF Insight and PAFWiz Enhancements for PAF 5 can be purchased at a discount to World Vital Records’ members.) Then move on to the rest of this week’s tasks.

Day Three:
Look over your people and see where the “holes” are. A hole is either a blank space that needs information (birth date, birth place, etc.) or a fact without a source. Facts without sources are as common as being without a fact in the first place, especially when previous researchers only recorded information, but not from whence the information came.

Day Four:
Choose ONE hole to fill in. Enthusiasm for family history may propel a researcher to try to cover all holes at the same time. This leads to chaos and confusion. The purpose of the article is not to curb or crush the enthusiasm, but to channel and hone it into useful energy, not static electricity.

Day Five: Decide what repository has the records needed to search, to fill in the hole.

Ideas/ How to:

* Analysis of census records
* Looking up whether an original document exists via The Handybook for Genealogists
* Using Google to search the Internet for immediate possibilities
* Research handbooks, i.e. as Val Greenwood’s The American Researcher’s Guide to Genealogy
* Family History Library Catalog, available from familysearch.org for possible microfilmed records
* New York Public Library catalog
* The Library of Congress catalog
* The DAR Library catalog
* ProQuest/Allen County Public Library search
* Searching for the historical and/or genealogical society closest to where your family came from and contacting them about possible records

Day Six: After discovering the right material via catalogs and index possibilities from day five, find the closest (and cheapest) location for the record. Ask the library to make a copy for you of needed materials, or for the object to be sent via interlibrary loan. ALWAYS offer to pay for copies, shipping and handling, etc. Services are not usually free, unless you have researched through a local researcher via FamilyLink, who has offered his or her services for free, or through one of FamilyLink.com’s partners, such as Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

Day Seven: Once the materials are in town, search them for evidence. Find the putty for filling in the holes. Also, check www.worldvitalrecords.com for more information.