Archive for March, 2008

One Billion Names Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

PROVO, UT, March 11 2008 –After only 17 months since the company began, WorldVitalRecords.com (a service of FamilyLink.com, Inc.) now has 1 billion searchable names on its site.

“We have been looking forward to this day since we started WorldVitalRecords.com 17 months ago. It’s an important milestone to have passed the billion-name mark, and a real testament to the company’s hard work to have put this together, a collection of this size and importance,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

WorldVitalRecords.com’s genealogical collections contain data from 35 countries and consists of birth, marriage, death, military, immigration, emigration, census, parish, court, civil service, land and probate records, passenger lists, newspapers, family histories, township histories, family trees, maps, atlases, gazetteers, directories, and reference material. These collections are helping many people find their ancestors.

“Thank you for adding all these wonderful resources. I have recently discovered that my husband has two Mayflower ancestors. You have provided so many resources for me. It could keep me busy for weeks,” said Julia Stuart, WorldVitalRecords.com subscriber.

WorldVitalRecords.com has a unique business model in which it partners with a variety of companies to obtain its data. Since its launch, WorldVitalRecords.com has made content agreements with more than 30 partners. They include Find My Past, Genealogical Publishing Company, Archive CD Books Australia, British Origins, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, Eneclann, Quintin Publications, Gould Genealogy, Familias Argentinas, Godfrey Memorial Library, NewspaperARCHIVE, Find A Grave, Allcensus, SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., the Moravian Heritage Society, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

WorldVitalRecords.com recently launched its flagship product, the World Collection, which includes significant collections from countries such as: England, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Hungary.

“We are so grateful for the many people who have partnered with us to help us meet our billion name milestone,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We have another billion records that we are processing right now, and we will work with more content providers to get to three billion names and beyond.”

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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.

Wonderbase of the Week: 80 Godfrey Memorial Library Databases

Monday, March 10th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com is 80 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library collection and contains family histories, pedigrees and memoirs. Click here to view the databases.

The largest database, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joseph Bixby, 1621 – 1701, of Ipswich and Boxford, Massachusetts who spell the name Bixby, Bigby,Bryxbee, Bixbee, Bigbee or Byxbe and of the Bixby Family in England, Descendants of Walter Bekesby 1427 of Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk, was compiled byWilliard Goldthwaite Bixby and published in 1914.

In the preface, the publisher talks about how the genealogy came about: “In a letter to a cousin, Dr. Bixby relates how, during a summer vacation, out of curiosity, he examined the town and church records of Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. He had heard a tradition that his ancestors had come from Topsfield, but he was amazed at the wealth of material concerning the family which he found there, and what he found fired his ambition to learn more about his ancestry. He devoted to the work all the spare time he could get in summer vacations, and during the remainder of the year carried on, with his own hand, an extensive correspondence with the Bixbys of whom he learned. The work rapidly broadened and it was fortunate that Dr. Bixby’s son-in-law, Reverend Truman Johnson, M.D., was able to assist. Dr. Johnson continued the correspondence and searches begun by Dr. Bixby and arranged in genealogical sequence the material already in hand.”

Another large database, the Genealogy of the Bostwick Family in America, is a work completed over an eight year period. The author, in speaking about the labor it took to compile the information, said: “Some years ago I was prompted by a desire to see the history of our family put in such shape, as to place before the descendants of our emigrant ancestor, records of the early generations which might prove of value and interest to those now bearing the name of Bostwick or their descendants. I do not claim that this work contains the name of every descendant of our earliest ancestor, but, as far as it has been possible to obtain the, it contains the names of all persons positively identified with the original line of descent. I have had the usual experience of all genealogists in encountering several classes of persons, in preparing this work.”

Other titles include A Memorial of Alice and Phoebe Cary, with Some of Their Later Poems; Letters, Journals and Memories of E. Huntington; and Exercises at the Hanging of a Portrait of the Honorable Joseph Hodges Choate in the Banking Rooms of the Merchants National Bank of Salem, Massachusetts.

The Godfrey Memorial Library has partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make these and other databases available online to a wider audience.

Keeping Track of Passwords

Friday, March 7th, 2008


By Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com


A number of WorldVitalRecords.com subscribers have caught onto a practice of keeping track of passwords that may benefit others currently left in a quandary. Most drug stores or Wal-Mart have small, inexpensive address books that can be used to keep track of site passwords.

The only down-side is keeping track of the address book. So long as it is kept in the same place, and hopefully near the normal computer being used, if a home computer, or kept in a purse or pocketbook if the computer most often used is the library, surfing the Internet should be much easier utilizing this method.

Web sites can be kept in alphabetical order, and instead of phone numbers, or other blank spaces in the address book, the passwords can be entered.

WorldVitalRecords.com Makes 5 Big Site Improvements To Improve User Experience

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

WorldVitalRecords.com wants to provide a great experience to its users every time they visit the site. Recently WorldVitalRecords.com made five big site improvements.The majority of these changes have come from feedback from members at WorldVitalRecords.com and other users of the site. Overall these recent updates have made the site easier to understand, easier to find data, and now provides search results ten times faster than before!

Here are the new improvements:

1. Offers to Members: One of the biggest changes WorldVitalRecords.com has made recently is that the site is now more dynamic. In the past individuals who signed up for a membership would still receive new membership offers. Now, once individuals sign up for a membership they will no longer receive new offers to sign up and can spend their time searching for their ancestors.

2. International/US Icons: WorldVitalRecords.com recently added icons that are located next to every database to show whether the content is U.S. or International. This change has made it easier for individuals to quickly see to which collection each database belongs.

3. Browsing: Browsing databases is much easier now with the new changes WorldVitalRecords.com has implemented. Now individuals can browse by region, country, state, or collection.

4. Increased Search Speed: Search results are ten times faster now than they used to be at WorldVitalRecords.com. Individuals should be able to easily recognize this improvement and now perform more searches in the same amount of time.

5. Simplified Header: The header on each WorldVitalRecords.com page has been simplified to improve the user experience. The header size has also been decreased to allow for the content to be displayed higher on the page.

If you have feedback on how to improve the user experience, please send it to brad@familylink.com.

Wonderbase of the Week: 276 Archive CD Books Australia Databases

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

The Wonderbase of the Week at WorldVitalRecords.com is 276 databases from Archive CD Books Australia and contains material from Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands. These databases will be added to the 100 Archive CD Books Australia databases launched last week. These collections include more directories, reference materials, family histories, military records, newspapers and court records. Click here to view the databases.

One collection, the South Australian Police Gazette 1862-67, was compiled to be distributed among the police force only. Police Gazettes contain details and information that can’t be found anywhere else. Produced at regular intervals (usually once a week), it was a way of making information available to all in the Police Force throughout the whole state.

The information contained in the Police Gazettes does vary a little from year to year, but overall there are details of any changes within the police force that are all listed (promotions, demotions, discharges, resignations, deaths). Information is also given on housebreak-ins, robberies, arson, murders, deserted seamen, warrants issued, prisoners discharged, missing friends, lost and found items and more. One can find the physical details on persons listed here, missing, wanted or released, which helps to paint a picture of them (name, aliases used, age, height, color hair, color eyes, distinguishing features, even color clothing worn). Far from being just a unique and extremely fascinating resource for local, family and social historians – they are useful for anyone with an interest in South Australia in the 1860s.

Another collection, the Victorian Government Gazette-1859, contain a vast amount of historical and genealogical information. However they are largely an untapped resource. The few complete runs that are available are usually only found in major libraries. And even for researchers who do have access to these the sheer size and extent of the Gazettes is daunting. These gazettes offer researchers much more than simply names and places. They help reconstruct events and circumstances in the life of individuals and communities.

One of the featured collections, the Cyclopedia of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands-1907 is divided into two main sections. The first contains a cyclopedia of Fiji and the second contains smaller cyclopedias of Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti and the Cook Islands. These cyclopedias are a vast resource of historical and biographical information on the islands concerned. They are very similar to the cyclopedias for each Australian state although less comprehensive. Cyclopedias generally include information on the history, the people, the industries and trade, the culture and the geography of the island group concerned. They include hundreds of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.

The Archive CD Books Australia has partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make these and other databases available online to a wider audience.

Genealogical Publishing Company Partners With FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

PROVO, UT, March 3, 2008Genealogical Publishing Company, the world’s largest publisher of immigration records in book form, has partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc, to make its databases available on WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are looking to work with others who will provide the bridge from today back to the period where our books come into play. WorldVitalRecords.com’s services provide the link from 2008 back to our 17th Century material,” said Mike Tepper, Managing Editor, Genealogical Publishing Company. “There are companies that are really great with technology, but fall short with writing. Other companies are really skilled with words and writing, but not in creating virtual communities. It is a great opportunity to work with FamilyLink.com, a company that can provide that combination of technology and writing, as well as a virtual genealogy community.”

Genealogical Publishing Company is one of our key partners in our new World Collection,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We are happy to work with one of the oldest and most established publishers of genealogical records in the industry.”

Genealogical Publishing Company has 2,000 titles featuring content from early Colonial America to the Civil War. Some of these titles include Donald Lines Jacobus’ Families of Ancient New Haven, a three-volume work that covers every family in pre-Revolutionary New Haven, Connecticut, and Robert Barnes’s British Roots of Maryland Families, which establishes the origins of hundreds of pre-eighteenth-century Maryland families.

“The great thing about our books is that they are definitive works provided by the leading scholars of our time,” said Barry Chodak, President of Genealogical.com, Inc., parent of Genealogical Publishing Company.

“Our publications cover a wide range of topics with particular emphasis on colonial American immigration, royal ancestry, and county and local history. Our collection of guide books and how to books numbers more than 250, including the most widely used text Val Greenwood’s Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy and the three titles we call the Evidence Collection: Evidence, The Quick Sheet, and Evidence Explained, all by Elizabeth Shown Mills, the leading authority on the subject.”

“While many of our books contain genealogical source records, a considerable number contain lineage records and other linked material. These titles combined include about 15 million people. The descendants of these 15 million people number in the hundreds of millions today. Our partnership with FamilyLink will enable many, many Americans to go back and trace their family to some of these early immigrants,” Chodak said.

More than 600 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company will be launched periodically over the next few months at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We have been publishing for the last 55 years and look forward to working with FamilyLink.com to expand our genealogical content into new territories,” Tepper said.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@familylink.com

About Genealogical Publishing Company and Genealogical.com, Inc.
Through its well-known imprints, Genealogical Publishing Company and Clearfield Company, Genealogical.com publishes genealogy books and CDs. Whether you are just beginning to explore your family tree or are an experienced researcher looking for in-depth genealogy data, Genealogical.com can provide you with the resources you need. Genealogical.com has published over 2,000 titles featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. Genealogical.com is also the online home of Gateway Press, its self-publishing arm which has published over 2,000 volumes of family histories for its author clients.

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.