Archive for 2007

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

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com wishes to extend congratulations to Kristin Thomson who became WorldVitalRecords.com’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 WorldVitalRecords.com) 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

WorldVitalRecords.com 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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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

Black Sheep Ancestors Page Helps Locate “Interesting” Records

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Some subscribers to WorldVitalRecords.com have questions concerning ancestors with criminal pasts. While we cannot claim to know everything about the court system,* we can recommend a site that puts degrees of intrigue and interest into anyone’s family history if records are found on the site.

BlacksheepAncestors.com is an interesting site devoted to celebrating the ancestors that many families either do not know or who may want to forget. The “do not know about” clause comes from how many families, at the time of the event(s), do not tell children about particular relatives, or else only mention them in passing in such a manner as the family members know not to ask about them. Some relatives become forgotten in this manner, but the story is there to be found.

Information categories on the site include United States, Canadian, and UK records, along with International (pirates and buccaneers). For the United States, searches include prison and convicts, outlaw and criminals, court, executions, and insane asylum searches. For Canada, there are prisons and convicts, biographical black sheep ancestors search, court and execution records. The UK also has similar records.

Biographies on the site include the very famous and a few lesser known criminals, privateers, etc. including but not limited to: Blackbeard, Captain William Kid, Capt. Barbossa (the real story, better than Pirates of the Caribbean), Al Capone, Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (again, the real stories), The Black Donnelly’s, Sir Francis Drake, Anne Bonney, Mary Reed, Captain Benito de Soto, Jack the Ripper, etc.

While unable to find any particular records on personal ancestors, it is certain that looking on this site should bring interesting reading and results whether inclusive or not of personal ancestry.

*Searching state, county, and local level court records are a good place to look for information of this manner.

Coming Soon: 700 Genealogical Books From Simmons Historical Society

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, World Vital Records, Inc. sent Amy Rhoads, Director of Community Building, cross country to Kentucky to pick up books from the Simmons Historical Publication Library.

Simmons Historical Publications recently partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make more than 700 of its valuable genealogical books accessible online for the first time. These databases will be coming online within the coming weeks!


Shown above: Books from Simmons Historical Publications

This collection contains rich, genealogical information, such as vital records, census records, deeds, wills, newspaper abstracts, court records, tax lists, maps, and much more.

These records are from Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Illinois.

WorldVitalRecords.com wishes to thank Laura Willis and Sherry Adams from Simmons Historical Publications.

New Functionality at WorldVitalRecords.com: More Accurate Searches and Faster Search Results

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com recently made several important functionality and performance improvements. First, WorldVitalRecords.com is now doing name proximity in all of its full text databases. This means that individuals who perform searches at WorldVitalRecords.com will now receive fewer results than they received before, however, the results will be much more accurate. This may come as a surprise to individuals who received thousands of hits on a particular name, and now they are only receiving hundreds. However, these hundreds of results will be much more accurate than the thousands of results they received previously.

For example, if one searched for “Dale Johnson” before, he might find a newspaper article that talks about “Dale Brown” and “Steve Johnson” but the page would come up as a possible match. Now, individuals will only find pages that have “Dale” and “Johnson” in close proximity to each other (in the same row, or adjacent rows).

Additional improvements: WorldVitalRecords.com has also worked on its functionality to provide a more consistent search speed, even with more complex queries. In the past, some queries at WorldVitalRecords.com performed faster than others. Now, all of the queries should provide results at a more constant speed. This search speed is more than ten times faster than it was before.

Further, WorldVitalRecords.com now has a dynamic counter on its site (located in the top left hand corner on the home page) that shows the number of names or records, as well as the total number of databases that are currently online.

WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and We’re Related (on Facebook.com) have faster speeds because of the additional high speed database servers WorldVitalRecords.com has purchased and put into service. FamilyLink.com and We’re Related have also implemented Amazon’s Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Solution (S3) computing resources to provide rapid expansion to handle peak traffic flows. This means that WorldvitalRecords.com is the first to implement these leading-edge performance enhancements in the genealogy space.

WorldVitalRecords.com is pleased to bring its users these improved functionalities and will continue to work to provide its users with the most accurate search results available in the fastest amount of time.

WorldVitalRecords.com Major Sponsor At 4th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2008

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

PROVO, UT, November 27, 2007— WorldVitalRecords.com announced today its major sponsorship of the 2008 St. George Utah Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree to be held on February 8-9, 2008.

“Being a sponsor of this event is an awesome opportunity and privilege because we have never had sponsors before,” said Kimberly Savage, VP of My Ancestors Found. “I have attended conferences for 20 years, and this is an excellent conference. Professionals who are on the cutting edge of learning will be attending, along with the leaders in the industry, such as WorldVitalRecords.com, Footnote, Ancestry, and FamilySearch.”

“This is the first time WorldVitalRecords.com has had a sponsorship on this level, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute and be a part of this great conference. After attending last year’s expo, I realized the importance of this conference and was really impressed with the attendees and their interest and knowledge of genealogy,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We’re really excited for this sponsorship opportunity and look forward to disseminating greater knowledge in this field through our speakers, as well as the services we provide.”

“Pirates of the Pedigree” is the theme for the expo, which will be held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. The purpose of the expo is for individuals to find their family treasures, without allowing pirates to rob them of discovering the real stories and facts from their personal pedigrees.

“My Ancestors Found’s goal in putting on family history events is to educate, motivate and inspire the beginner to the advanced genealogist. We love to have fun and invite all to share the excitement of the Family History Expo,” said Savage.

The expo will feature 101 presentations from well-known genealogists and speakers from all over the U.S, such as Richard Black from Godfrey Memorial Library, Myrt from DearMYRTLE, Kip Sperry from Brigham Young University, David Lifferth from WorldVitalRecords.com/FamilyLink.com, Leland Meitzler from Everton, Bruce Buzbee from RootsMagic, Inc., Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak from Roots Television, and Beau Sharbrough from Footnote.com. A complete list of all the speakers and their topics is available at www.MyAncestorsFound.com.

“The Family History Expo is more than a local or regional conference, it is an international event, with speakers and vendors from all across the US, Canada, and England,” Savage said. “The lectures, variety of vendors in the exhibit hall, syllabus, and program booklet are superior to many events. Providing the syllabus on compact disc and also in a paper format is always appreciated by our attendees.”

My Ancestors Found and FamilySearch will host the Family History Expo in the St. George Dixie Convention Center. More than 50 vendors and exhibitions will also be featured, along with many prizes and drawings. WorldVitalRecords.com will have an exhibit at the expo and will also present several classes on innovative tools to connect families.

“In just a short amount of time since WorldVitalRecords.com has launched, we have exploded in popularity. The next logical step for WorldVitalRecords.com was to partner with My Ancestors Found on a level such as this to show people all that we have to offer. WorldVitalRecords.com will be teaching classes, providing demonstrations, sponsoring the conference, donating prizes and giveaways, and will also have a booth for individuals to come and see all that we have to offer,” said Amy Rhoads, Director, Community Building, WorldVitalRecords.com. “WorldVitalRecords.com is using technology in ways that no other genealogy company has before. Utilizing technology in this way allows WorldVitalRecords.com to offer its services at such affordable prices, coupled with offer features and benefits for individuals take their genealogy research to the next level.”

Last year’s expo in St. George brought in over three thousand attendees. My Ancestors Found predicts that this expo may be one of the largest genealogy conferences of the year in North America.

“There’s something for everybody at this expo, no matter what their level,” Savage said. “Family history is an important link to the past. Genealogy isn’t just names and dates, its stories. It’s great to know who you are and where you came from.”

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

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

WorldVitalRecords.com Major Sponsor At 4th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2008

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Major Sponsor At 4th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2008

PROVO, UT, November 27, 2007— WorldVitalRecords.com announced today its major sponsorship of the 2008 St. George Utah Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree to be held on February 8-9, 2008.

“Being a sponsor of this event is an awesome opportunity and privilege because we have never had sponsors before,” said Kimberly Savage, VP of My Ancestors Found. “I have attended conferences for 20 years, and this is an excellent conference. Professionals who are on the cutting edge of learning will be attending, along with the leaders in the industry, such as WorldVitalRecords.com, Footnote, Ancestry, and FamilySearch.”

“This is the first time WorldVitalRecords.com has had a sponsorship on this level, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute and be a part of this great conference. After attending last year’s expo, I realized the importance of this conference and was really impressed with the attendees and their interest and knowledge of genealogy,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We’re really excited for this sponsorship opportunity and look forward to disseminating greater knowledge in this field through our speakers, as well as the services we provide.”

“Pirates of the Pedigree” is the theme for the expo, which will be held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. The purpose of the expo is for individuals to find their family treasures, without allowing pirates to rob them of discovering the real stories and facts from their personal pedigrees.

“My Ancestors Found’s goal in putting on family history events is to educate, motivate and inspire the beginner to the advanced genealogist. We love to have fun and invite all to share the excitement of the Family History Expo,” Savage said.

The expo will feature 101 presentations from well-known genealogists and speakers from all over the U.S, such as Richard Black from Godfrey Memorial Library, Myrt from DearMYRTLE, Kip Sperry from Brigham Young University, David Lifferth from WorldVitalRecords.com/FamilyLink.com, Leland Meitzler from Everton, Bruce Buzbee from RootsMagic, Inc., Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak from Roots Television, and Beau Sharbrough from Footnote.com. A complete list of all the speakers and their topics is available at www.MyAncestorsFound.com.

“The Family History Expo is more than a local or regional conference, it is an international event, with speakers and vendors from all across the US, Canada, and England,” Savage said. “The lectures, variety of vendors in the exhibit hall, syllabus, and program booklet are superior to many events. Providing the syllabus on compact disc and also in a paper format is always appreciated by our attendees.”

My Ancestors Found and FamilySearch will host the Family History Expo in the St. George Dixie Convention Center. More than 50 vendors and exhibitions will also be featured, along with many prizes and drawings. WorldVitalRecords.com will have an exhibit at the expo and will also present several classes on innovative tools to connect families.

“In just a short amount of time since WorldVitalRecords.com has launched, we have exploded in popularity. The next logical step for WorldVitalRecords.com was to partner with My Ancestors Found on a level such as this to show people all that we have to offer. WorldVitalRecords.com will be teaching classes, providing demonstrations, sponsoring the conference, donating prizes and giveaways, and will also have a booth for individuals to come and see all that we have to offer,” said Amy Rhoads, Director, Community Building, WorldVitalRecords.com. “WorldVitalRecords.com is using technology in ways that no other genealogy company has before. Utilizing technology in this way allows WorldVitalRecords.com to offer its services at such affordable prices, coupled with offer features and benefits for individuals take their genealogy research to the next level.”

Last year’s expo in St. George brought in over three thousand attendees. My Ancestors Found predicts that this expo may be one of the largest genealogy conferences of the year in North America.

“There’s something for everybody at this expo, no matter what their level,” Savage said. “Family history is an important link to the past. Genealogy isn’t just names and dates, its stories. It’s great to know who you are and where you came from.”

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About My Ancestors Found

Tapis and Associates, doing business as My Ancestors Found (MAF), sponsors events to educate and inspire individuals to discover their heritage through sponsoring family history events, producing educational and instructional materials of value to family historians. Event and product details can be accessed through MyAncestorsFound.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 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.

Wonderbase Of The Week: 100 Fully Digitized And Searchable Books From The Quintin Publications Collection

Monday, November 26th, 2007

This week’s Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com consists of 100 digitized and searchable books from the Quintin Publications Collection. Most of the books are family histories for surnames that begin with the letters L and T. Other books in the collection include state and local histories.

The largest database this week is Western Massachusetts, A History, 1636 – 1925, Volume 1, which contains more than 228,000 names. This database can be especially useful for people researching ancestors who lived in or may simply have passed through Western Massachusetts. The volume primarily contains names of people of prominence in the region, but it is not limited to the wealthy and famous.

The majority of this week’s spotlighted databases are family histories that contain at least 1,000 names, and several include more than 10,000. The largest family history this week is The History of the Treman, Tremaine, Truman Family in America with The Related Families of Mack, Dey, Board and Ayers. This database contains more than 132,000 names.

Other large databases include Thurston Genealogies, 1635 – 1892 Second Edition with more than 94,000 names; Memorial of the Thayer Name, from the Massachusetts Colony of Weymouth and Braintree, Embracing Geneological[sic] and Biographical Sketches of Richard & Thomas Thayer, and Their Descendants with more than 57,000 names; and Genealogy of the Twitchell Family: Record of the Descendants of the Puritan, Benjamin Twitchell, Dorchester, 1637 – 1927 with more than 54,000 names.

All of the databases will be free for the next ten days (December 6, 2007). Remember that even if you don’t find your ancestors’ surnames in the titles, your ancestors may be listed in any of the volumes. Since all the databases are fully searchable, it is always worth a try.

Happy Thanksgiving From WorldVitalRecords.com!!!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

At this time of Thanksgiving, we, at WorldVitalRecords.com, reflect upon this past year full of many blessings. We want to thank our subscribers, our partners, our affiliates, and especially our families and friends who have supported us during our first year of business.

We plan to continue to give back by offering millions of free records, as well as free innovative tools to connect families such as FamilyLink.com, and We’re Related on Facebook.com.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday! Happy Thanksgiving!