Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.comso

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Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Collection containing more than 1,200 funeral sermons and memorials free to access until November 22, 2007.

PROVO, UT, November 12, 2007—As a result of the partnership between World Vital Records, Inc. and Godfrey Memorial Library, more than 1,200 pre-1923 funeral sermons and memorials are now available at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We’re so excited that through our partnership with World Vital Records, we can bring greater access to this valuable data that we have been accumulating for years,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library. “The funeral collection is just one data launch of many more to come.”

The Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection is World Vital Records’ first collection from Godfrey Memorial Library. In addition to funeral sermons and memorials, the collection also contains funeral programs and funeral cards. Many of the memorials were written by family members or friends and published privately only for interested parties.

“Last year we visited the Godfrey Memorial Library to discuss a possible partnership. One of the first collections we were shown was these funeral sermons,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We immediately realized the great value of this unique collection and are happy to offer access to these sermons as the first records we have digitized through our partnership with Godfrey.”

The memorials in this collection usually contain brief biographical information on the deceased, and often list witnesses, pall bearers, and ministers who participated in the funeral. There are also memorial books about senators and representatives of the house that were printed by the Government Printing Office.

Godfrey Memorial Library has been acquiring this large collection from donations, gifts, ebay, and other purchases for many years. For this digital collection, only books published before 1923 were selected, due to copyright laws. This collection will be free to access for 10 days (until November 22, 2007).

“What wonderful efforts have been made to preserve these sermons and to put them online,” said Dr. Susan E. Black, LDS historian, writer, and professor. “This funeral collection makes it much easier to learn about our ancestors beyond statistics. From these sermons we can learn what our ancestors were like and what brought happiness to their lives.”


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About Godfrey Memorial Library

The Godfrey Memorial Library was founded by Fremont Rider and was incorporated on 26 Nov 1947 as a “free public library of books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials in the fields of American biography and genealogy and in related fields; to carry on and promote investigation and research in these fields and to publish the results thereof…”

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 FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

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