Archive for February, 2008

WorldVitalRecords.com Receives Great Gratitude Award

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Recently LaRae Kerr announced the Great Gratitude Awards in the Daily Herald, Utah County’s Leading Newspaper, and WorldVitalRecords.com was a recipient! The Great Gratitude Awards were given to a “barn full of Web sites and one genealogy organization.”

Here are LaRae’s comments from the Great Gratitude Award article about WorldVitalRecords.com:

Another new Web site, WorldVitalRecords.com, which was launched in October 2006, just three months before Footnote.com, also receives a Great Gratitude Award. This site carries small-town newspapers, the Everton Collection, international parish registers and much more for a great monthly or yearly price. WorldVitalRecords partners with the Godfrey Memorial Library and other organizations. It also provides members with FamilyLink and We’reRelated on Facebook, services that connect families and friends.

Click here to view the entire Great Gratitude Awards article.

On a personal note, I recently met LaRae Kerr for the first time at the St. George Genealogy Expo. LaRae has written in various journals and has been doing genealogy for 48 years! She is very knowledgeable, charismatic, and really cares about helping individuals connect with their families through genealogical work.

WorldVitalRecords.com is honored to receive this award. Thank you, LaRae!

Archive CD Books Australia and Gould Genealogy Partner With FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

First large genealogical collection from Australia to be online at WorldVitalRecords.com

PROVO, UT, February 28, 2008 – Archive CD Books Australia and Gould Genealogy have partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc. to make 344 Australian and New Zealand databases more accessible to a worldwide audience at WorldVitalRecords.com (a service of FamilyLink.com, Inc.).

“We are delighted now to be part of WorldVitalRecords.com’s new international focus. The benefits we see are many,” said Alan Phillips, Managing Director, Archive CD Books Australia and Gould Genealogy. “For us, it is a great way to market our content online. For WorldVitalRecords.com, it is an opportunity to provide more significant Australian content than from any other single source. For Australian content owners, WorldVitalRecords.com is a great avenue to get their data online. For libraries, it brings joy to those who have no love of CDs. For ‘Down Under’ researchers, it provides the best Australian and New Zealand content online. For end users overseas with Australian and New Zealand interests, at last they can have some great accessible content.”

Initially Archive CD Books Australia will provide WorldVitalRecords.com with half of the Archive CD Books Australia product list, which includes:

1. directories
2. electoral rolls
3. government gazettes
4. police gazettes
5. war records
6. biographical volumes
7. general, church and regional histories and records
8. a starter selection for New Zealand
9. a few products on the Pacific Islands, Britain and Scotland

This initial data launch from Archive CD Books Australia will be followed during the year by data from Gould Genealogy, which will include birth, marriage, and death notices, shipping records, biographical databases, cemetery records, and obituaries.

“We are excited to partner with Archive CD Books Australia and Gould Genealogy. From our first conversation with Alan Phillips, we knew we found a great partner to collaborate with to develop a significant offering of Australian records,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

The content databases provided by Archive CD Books Australia and Gould Genealogy comprise WorldVitalRecords.com’s first major collections from Australia.

“A WorldVitalRecords.com subscription is a superb value for researchers everywhere, not just to Australians and New Zealanders,” Phillips said. “I am confident that WorldVitalRecords.com can become the number one site for quality, high value Australian and New Zealand content online. I trust our contribution will be beneficial to all.”

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About Gould Genealogy
Gould Genealogy has been a genealogy reseller since 1976, with a current list of around 10,000 worldwide genealogy and related products. Gould Genealogy is also a publisher with publishing/marketing agreements with content owners and authors for print and CD publishing, and now online publishing with its new FamilyLink.com, Inc. partnership.

About Archive CD Books Australia
Archive CD Books Australia began in 2003, with a similar goal to all four international Archive CD Books partners – to scan and make available long out of print books, records and other resources for family and local historians – all fully searchable. Archive CD Books Australia currently has nearly 800 products, many of which have never been practically accessible to researchers before. Archive CD Books Australia has partnered with universities, libraries, archives, genealogical and historical societies, and specialist and private libraries throughout Australia. These collaborations have resulted in high-quality content for end users.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records–WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Wonderbase of the Week: 100 Databases From Archive CD Books Australia

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com is 100 databases from Archive CD Books Australia and contains material from Australia and New Zealand. These collections include directories, reference materials, family histories, military records, newspapers and court records. Click here to view the databases. (You must be a member to access these records.)
One collection, Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire, is a compilation of biographies and photos of many Australian soldiers who fought in World War I. This database includes many significant details of the soldiers’ fighting life. Each entry includes a photograph along with the name of the soldier, where the soldier was born and educated, where and when he enlisted, the places he fought and where and when he came back or, if he died, where he were buried.

Another collection, Extracts from Portsmouth Records contain interesting primary source information from the Portsmouth area in the 1890s. The database contains official and governmental letters, records, accounts, charts, tables and statistics covering a range of useful information for genealogists and historians.

One of the featured collections from New Zealand is the New Zealand PO Directory. This Wise’s New Zealand Directory contains towns, alphabetical, trade and miscellaneous sections which lists the names, addresses and professions of many in New Zealand in 1900. It also includes a street guide for some of the major towns and separate directories for banking, public companies, medical, legal, ecclesiastical, educational, pastoral, municipal and government.
The Archive CD Books Australia has partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make these and other databases available online to a wider audience.

Ask and Receive: How to Start Helping the Genealogical Researcher in Your Family

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

By Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

Most of the genealogical researchers that I am currently in contact with are novices who want to help with research, or any aspect of family history for their families, but have no idea where to start. After identifying who the person is in the family who keeps the records, the next thing to do is to ask what that person wants done. Often, the main family researcher will have been doing the research either completely alone or with very little help for multiple years. Finding new information and processing is their passion, and something that they guard with sanctity, often waiting to share the information and willing to send a lot of information to new researchers.

When trying to help with research, be sure to offer services first before trying to help with actual research. Possible services include but are not limited to, data entry of what has already been researched, paying for a needed document, or even simply showing support and interest. It is not unusual for a researcher to have completed years of research without anyone else in the family being interested. Lending an ear for a few hours is a great service for those who have had no one interested to whom they could tell the family stories.

Always treat researchers with respect. They have been doing a service to you and other family members, often without any acknowledgement or consideration, and have become the family expert through often grueling and exhilarating experiences. Let them share their stories along with the stories of the family, and DO NOT expect to become their researching partner overnight.

A confident researcher will often have multiple lines that need more researching. They can’t do everything by themselves, and a division of labor will help. If assigned a person to research, delve into the world that is genealogy and welcome to the thrills that come from connecting with family members on a closer, more intimate level. IF something is found, MAKE SURE that the original researcher is notified, so that both of you can find joy in this. If interest wanes, give the original researcher everything found thus far, and be considerate in showing appreciation for what they entrusted to you.

Even if the primary researcher only allows you to do data entry, this is a right and privilege for them to extend, and something that must be graciously accepted if accepted at all. Trust and genealogy do not readily assert themselves in the same sentence. Most genealogists do not trust other’s research unless they have double-checked sources and verified the information for themselves. Although normally a very honest and well-meaning group, even being allowed to do data entry is an honor and needs to be treated as such. Try not to expect pay for services. The primary family researcher often is of an age where a fixed income does not allow for any outside expenditure. Besides, this is your family, too! As bits and pieces of family information are unfolded, be happy for what is received and look forward to the next step. There is always more to do, and good researchers will be happy for help once there is “proven interest.”

Matt Wright, Former Ancestry Book Publishing Manager, Becomes Editorial Director at FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Wright brings genealogical expertise, understanding, and opens the doors to many contacts in the industry

PROVO, UT, February 21, 2008 --After eight years at Ancestry.com Matt Wright recently joined FamilyLink.com as director of editorial and print products, bringing with him a wealth of genealogical experience, expertise and connections in the industry.

“Matt Wright adds tremendous professionalism and genealogy publishing experience to our team,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We look forward to supporting him as he works with authors, societies, bloggers and publishers around the world. He will lift our efforts to help genealogists to a whole new level.”

As editorial director, Wright will focus on creating new and interesting genealogical products and instructional items for users of the company’s websites, and raising media editorial value.

“At FamilyLink.com, Inc., I’ll help to further refine the work that has already been done here by a tremendous team. And, there is a spectrum of new options that a genealogy company like FamilyLink.com can provide to its customers,” Wright said. We are in a position to offer a line of products and services that can really make a difference to anyone interested in finding ancestors. I’m excited to develop these products and create real value for our customers.”

Before coming to FamilyLink.com, Inc., Wright worked as the manager of book publishing at Ancestry.com. While there, he was responsible for new and reprint titles. In that role, he also served as a contributing editor for Ancestry Magazine and Genealogical Computing magazine. He also co-authored Finding Answers in U.S. Census Records with Loretto Szucs. While at Ancestry.com Wright had the opportunity to work with many authors, peer reviewers and advisors. Prior to leaving Ancestry, Wright worked as an associate product manager in the Commerce Department where he worked on the Ancestry Press Project.

Wright has worked in various roles throughout his career, although his primary training is in journalism. He has been the journal editor for the Association of Professional Genealogists since 2002. He has also worked as a managing editor of Utah Business Magazine, a monthly regional business magazine, for three years and recently started editing Crossroads, the journal of the Utah Genealogical Association.

“Having worked at a large, established genealogy company, I see there is a lot of room in the industry for new and different companies. Paul’s philosophy in content acquisition and creating value for our partners was a big draw for me. I am also really excited about the team that he has been put together,” Wright said. “While FamilyLink.com, Inc. has had a great beginning, I see it just growing and I plan to help in that growth.”

Wright lives in Provo with his wife and three young children. He enjoys sports, both watching and playing, and spending time with his family.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and We’re Related on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors, 9.4 million monthly pages views, and more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG): Reuniting Families Through Volunteer Efforts

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

ISTG Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Increased Access To Online Passenger Ship Lists

PROVO, UT, February 20, 2008 – Back in 1998, Patty MacFarlane McCormack, founder of Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, wasn’t doing genealogy. She had always been the historian’s helper (her grandmother’s), but never the primary historian.

“As a child, I would sit with my grandmother at the huge oak dining room table on gloomy Saturday afternoons. As the rain trickled down the window panes behind the lace curtains and spilled off the eaves onto the Lily of the Valley planted along the house, we would label the backs of old sepia photographs and file yellowed newspaper clippings into a shoebox. Over the years, one shoebox became many,” said Patty MacFarlane McCormack, Founder and Owner of Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

Then, when McCormack’s mother passed away, she returned to her Colorado home with boxes of her treasured past and a burning desire to discover even more.

“I thought as I was going through all of these treasures that it would be wonderful to see the actual passenger lists and know the ship on which my ancestors came to the United States. Naively I thought this list would be on the Internet, but there were very, very, few passenger lists online at the time,” McCormack said. “I soon knew the frustration of so many others on the same quest.”

In 1998, McCormack was affiliated with RootsWeb’s Ships List. There were many online discussions regarding how scarce passengers lists were on the Internet. Because of this, McCormack wrote to a few individuals on the listserv and told them she wanted to start a group to help bring an increased number of passenger lists online. The idea was not received very warmly. In fact, some individuals on the listserv sent discouraging remarks.

“I heard, ‘It has been tried many times before. It has always failed. You won’t be able to do it. It will cost too much money, and it is impossible.’ Really that is all I needed to hear, and I was determined to make it happen,” McCormack said.

McCormack sent out a new email and received about 20 responses from individuals who wanted to help. On September 16, 1998, the week of both her grandmother and her mother’s birthday, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild was born. Not long after, 14 lists were posted on the Web from the volunteers’ work and were part of the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild site.

“Transcribing manifests with their hard-to-read handwriting and bringing them to life online is a labor of love. My own contribution to the Guild is to upload the surnames from the manifests into alphabetic files for ease in researching,” said Pam O’Day, ISTG charter member and surname coordinator from Havre de Grace, MD. “Our work will not be done until the last available manifest has been transcribed.”

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild has more than 8,000 passenger lists and millions of names. These records will now be available at World Vital Records through its recent partnership with ISTG.

“I am very excited about this partnership. I remember when ISTG was one-year old, as World Vital Records is now, and everyone was supporting us. In return, I’m happy to partner with World Vital Records because they provide a service that is affordable and easily accessed on the Internet. Knowing who came before you is a heart’s desire, and it is information that is important for all of us to know,” said Patty MacFarlane McCormack, Founder, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

The ISTG records include information such as passenger name, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship. These records will be free to access at World Vital Records for 10 days.

“When our content acquisition team came across the ISTG records, we were looking for records from Portugal. Not only did we find records from Portugal, but passenger lists from more than 35 countries. These lists are invaluable to family historians to help locate their ancestors,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

McCormack claims the success of the site should be attributed to the 500+ volunteers who have worked on these lists and the 250 current volunteers.

“I’m blessed to have volunteers who are so totally dedicated to this cause. I could not do this without them. I coordinate the overall effort, but my volunteers are some of the most dedicated people in the world,” McCormack said, “and we have become a family. Our mission statement: ‘Bringing Our Ancestors Home: Reuniting Our Families’ really sums up what we are all about. People find their ancestors on our site, and they write to us. We then include any other information they can provide directly to a link on the passenger list. They are so grateful for the work we do, and we hear it every day. It is what keeps us going.”

Before McCormack received her own scanning and copying equipment, she would go to NARA nearly every day and copy passenger manifests in hopes of helping individuals find their ancestors and even hoping to find some of her own family members as a bonus.

One day she found a passenger list which contained the name of her great, great grandmother, who was two years old at the time.

“I have every intention of framing that passenger list with a dried rose. That’s my maternal family history. Holding that piece of history in your hand really gives you a gift. It is a gift to yourself because you can just picture, in my case, my great grandmother when she was 2 years old on the ship with all of her brothers, sisters and her mom. It is an awesome experience. We seek to help you know the brave souls who dared to cross the sea, how and why they came, what they may have endured to get here and how they are a part of the tapestry of our lives.” McCormack said.

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

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) was founded by a small group of people in late September of 1998. Today, ISTG has more than 250 volunteers who work diligently to decipher and transcribe passenger lists which are then uploaded to its Web site.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and We’re Related on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors, 9.4 million monthly pages views, and more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Wonderbase of the Week: 1891 UK Census

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week is the 1891 UK Census. The 1891 UK Census is a very important part of the World Collection. Click here to access the database (You must have access to the World Collection to access this database.) Since 1841, the census was taken every ten years in England and Wales. It provides a wealth of genealogical information for someone with ancestors from the Victorian era.

The UK 1891 Census was taken on the night of April 5, 1891 and gave the total population as 28,999,725. It contains the following details for each registered participant: full name, address, relation to the head of the household, marital status, gender, exact age, occupation, parish and county of birth, medical disabilities and employment status. The information given in the census paints a clear and colorful picture of life in 1891.

The transcriptions are posted today for the census and the images will be linked to the transcriptions next week.

Wonderbase of the Week: 1881 UK Census

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week is the 1881 UK Census. Click here to access the database (You must have access to the World Collection to access this database.). The 1881 UK Census is a very important part of the World Collection. It was taken on April 3, 1881 and contains approximately 26 million names (26,094,304). This census covers England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Isle of Man.

The 1881 census includes the following information for each person enumerated: name, address, relation to head of family, marital status, gender, age, profession and birthplace. This census can be very valuable in determining family relationships, birth dates and locations as well as other genealogical information.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Becomes WorldVitalRecords.com’s Society Affiliate Partnership Member

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

PROVO, UT, February 11, 2008 WorldVitalRecords.com (a service of FamilyLink.com, Inc.), announced the much anticipated and exciting news that the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has become a Society Affiliate Partnership Member. This partnership is a win/win/win approach to WorldVitalRecords.com, FGS, and the society members.

Fred Moss, Legal Advisor to FGS and “general handyman” worked with completing this event where Wendy Elliott, FGS President recently signed the final agreement.

“I think this is a great opportunity for our member societies. This partnership gives them a chance to obtain discounts to the various collections on WorldVitalRecords.com,” Elliott said.

“Partnering with FGS is extremely important to us because of its significant role in the genealogy space,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We are grateful for their leadership in partnering with us and we hope to provide our services to their many members and partner societies.”

FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies; providing products and services needed by member societies; marshaling the resources of its member organizations; and working with the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies become stronger and grow.

“Societies are the backbone of genealogy networks. FGS, as a society that encompasses hundreds of societies, is an invaluable resource for genealogists and family historians worldwide. We are pleased to work with such an established group of committed individuals,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Jana Sloan Broglin, VP of Membership, is given much credit for taking the initiative and spearheading this great endeavor. Working with Dave Lifferth, President, and Carin Green, Society Consultant, over several weeks of fine tuning, the two entities are looking forward to increased revenue for societies and success for their members as they research the various databases on WorldVitalRecords.com.

“The Society is very pleased to be a part of WorldVitalRecords.com, and the affiliate partnership program that FGS and Family Link.com, Inc. (parent company) have worked out. We look forward to a long relationship with Family Link.com, Inc.,” Broglin said.

Fred Moss, who likes to remain behind the scenes, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer this valuable resource to our many society members. In partnering with FamilyLink.com, Inc., I feel that it is a benefit that we owe our members and all that FamilyLink.com, Inc. provides.”

The Society members are given a specific discount amount from the online subscription to the U.S. and World Collections. For every paid membership on WorldVitalRecords.com, the society earns a profit by way of commissions.

Other societies that have taken advantage of this new program are:

• Ohio Genealogy Society
• New York State Genealogical and Biographical Society
• California State Genealogy Society
• Southern California Genealogy Society
• Fulton County Genealogy Society (OH)
• Moravian Heritage Society (TX)
• Edgar County Genealogy Society (IL)
• South Suburban Genealogy Society (IL)
• Rogue Valley Genealogy Society (OR)

If you are a member of any of the above societies, go to the society websites, click on the link and become a member of WorldVitalRecords.com at a discounted price, and earn money for your society.

Contact Carin Green at 888.377.0588; or email her at caring@familylink.com to join the Society Affiliate Partnership Program or for further information. Also, watch for the upcoming Society Page in the weekly newsletter and the society blog at http://familylinksocieties.blogspot.com/

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About Federation of Genealogical Societies

The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by: serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organization. FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. FGS also publishes an extensive series of Society Strategy Papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. operates a network of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com

Launched in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 500,000 monthly visitors. The site generates 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

DearMYRTLE Recognizes WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Recently, DearMYRTLE.com (http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/) announced the Internet for Genealogists Awards. These awards are given to honor excellent work. DearMYRTLE.com ranked WorldVitalRecords.com as the number 1 database site. Besides the top database site category, the Internet for Genealogists Award also includes the following categories: blog, instruction, scanned image site, podcast, video, commentary, innovation, most interesting thread, and ethnic studies. The Internet for Genealogists Awards has been a feature that began in 1995 as a column in one of Myrt’s Sunday postings.

Here is the comment from DearMYRTLE.com’s site about WorldVitalRecords.com:

DATABASE SITE: WorldVitalRecords.com, already expanding an impressive US collection of genealogy data, WVR will release releasing tomorrow the new World Collection mentioned in my previous blog entry. Paul Allen’s projects never fail to amaze me. –DearMYRTLE, Your friend in genealogy.

Click here to view the full blog post.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with DearMYRTLE.com, Myrt (the author of DearMYRTLE.com launched her site in 1998, although the site began to be popular in 1999. She is a well known and respected genealogist. Myrt’s work appears in various places such as Myrt’s The Everything Online Genealogy Book (published in 2000), Heritage Quest Magazine, and Everton’s Genealogical Helper. She has also published small books such as, Getting Started with Your Family History and Internet Research: Top 20 Things to Do Online. And Journals & Personal Histories: A Weekly Plan for Success.

Myrt claims that the purpose of her site is to “engage our minds in a conversation of sorts – stimulating thought and jogging us out of our respective genealogy research ruts.”