Archive for December, 2007

Congratulations to Kristin Thomson of Delta, CO,’s 20,000th Subscriber

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007 wishes to extend congratulations to Kristin Thomson who became’s 20,00th subscriber last Friday!!!

“I am excited about finding out about WorldVitalRecords and anticipate it will be a great help in getting me up and going again and in my continued research, particularly in Indiana, Kansas, Germany and England,” Kristin said.

Kristin has been doing family history work for more than 25 years. She has an associate’s degree in Genealogy, a bachelor’s of science in Family and Community History and a master’s in Library and Information Sciences.

“I have always liked history. My family was from Europe, so I thought European history was a nice focus to study. I am also the main person who does genealogy, so it put a lot of responsibility on my shoulders to do the work. However, my family has been very cooperative when I have asked them questions. My siblings are always interested when I learn new things or find information about our family and our ancestors,” Kristin said.

After graduation at age 50, Kristin served an internship in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and has worked in other public libraries as a reference librarian, always taking the chance to interest patrons in any genealogical materials housed in the library or online.

“Family History is exciting, and I look forward to working and researching as the field opens wider with new and improved and ever changing products and helps,” Kristin said.

Kristin has also served in her local Family History Center (where she heard about off and on for about 10 years.

“I think my favorite thing about family history is that you can just immerse yourself in it, and kind of forget the world. It’s fun to see what you can come up with in just a few minutes of searching,” Kristin said. “For me, family history is a way that I can relax and not feel guilty about not getting the floor vacuumed, or other things that I think are important. I can’t sit down in the middle of the day and read a book, but I can sit down and do genealogy because I feel its worthwhile.”

Michael Brown’s New Jersey Newspaper Indexes

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 is pleased to have Michael Brown’s New Jersey Newspaper Indexes online. These indexes will be free to access for ten days (until December 13, 2007). Click here to access the databases.

Michael Brown’s New Jersey Newspaper Indexes
includes the following newspapers: Political Intelligencer and New Jersey Advertiser 1783-1786, Times and New Jersey Union 1859-1868, and the New Brunswick Daily Times 1872-1881, 1887-1891.

These indexes are a compilation of obituaries, marriage and death announcements, injuries, accidents, arrests, social happenings, and other significant local and regional items of interest.

From An Interview With Michael Brown

Brown began indexing the material many years ago while working as a reference librarian in The New Brunswick public library in New Jersey. While there, he expanded and developed the local history collection. As part of this collection, he purchased microfilm of the old New Brunswick newspapers and also created the indexes for better accessibility. These indexes contain extensive information about people who moved, were injured or arrested, won an award, ran for office, etc.

“I wanted to add flavor for the people who were doing genealogy, not just the typical information on vital records. For instance, I was indexing recently about a tornado in 1830. The microfilm had the property damage of everyone involved. It contained little snippets of the people’s lives. That is hard to get otherwise. It fleshes out the black and white picture that people may have of their ancestors and gives them more of a personal face,” said Michael Brown, Owner, New Jersey Newspaper Indexes.

Brown claims he has spent many hours on the indexes, averaging about 100 names per hour.

“With 15,000 records, that’s a lot of hours. You have to read the microfilm, transcribe it, and input the information into the computer,” Brown said.

Brown’s index is valuable because much of it contains information that is not available anywhere else.

“I frequently index information on weddings, for example, one day you see the notice of the marriage, and the next day you can read about the wedding, such as the guests who were there, where they had the wedding, and the circumstances of the wedding,” Brown said.

Wonderbase of the Week: Simmons Historical Publications Brings More than 765 Books To World Vital Records, Inc. Through Its Recent Partnership

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

PROVO, UT, December 3, 2007Simmons Historical Publications has recently partnered with World Vital Records, Inc. to make more than 765 of its valuable genealogical books accessible online for the first time.

“I have personally transcribed nearly 600 of these books from this collection. These are books that normally one would have to travel to a courthouse to read a microfilm to view. Through this transcription work and our partnership with World Vital Records, we have made these records much easier to access and are excited to have them available online for the first time at World Vital Records,” said Laura Willis, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.

The Simmons Historical Publications collection contains valuable genealogical information such as vital records, census records, deeds, wills, newspaper abstracts, court records, tax lists, maps, and much more.

“The fun part of my job is finding data such as the Simmons Historical Publication collection where one can see how consistent extraction work performed over a number of years has resulted in a large, valuable database,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Simmons Historical Publications’ many years of discipline and hard work brings greater access to these records.”

The first launch of the Simmons Historical Publications data will include a collection of more than 30 books containing records from Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

“I think this partnership is going to wonderful. It will be a great way to share some of our information in an online format,” said Sherry Adams, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.


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