Archive for April, 2008

Gen-Activities for Kids

Friday, April 4th, 2008


By Amanda Forson, WorldVitalRecords.com

For anyone who works with small children or wants to help children and grandchildren understand their hobby (or profession), activities of a genealogical nature are a must.

The following sites help with ideas for activities for children, and can help them discover about their past and help out Mom and Dad, or Grandpa and Grandma, too!:

USGenWeb-Kids: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/

WorldGenWeb for Kids: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wgwkids/

Genealogy Today, Jr.: http://genealogytoday.com/junior/

Forms and Documents for Kids: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/topics/hobbies/genforms.htm

Books for Children:
http://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/oct01/kidsbooks.html

Have fun with your family and give kids a chance to help in finding their ancestors. Had my grandmother not been open to my questions, and been willing to talk about the family, I would not be writing this column. Family history is not simply for adults. Anyone interested in the topic of family history has to start sometime, and it is easier to start when a person is young.

Success Story: SmallTownPapers Collection Adds Details To the Lives of Individuals

Friday, April 4th, 2008

The following excerpt was submitted by a WorldVitalRecords.com member:

I love the newspapers database. Doing research for someone else’s family often makes it difficult to add real life to the otherwise boring vital details of birth, marriage and death. But finding articles in those SmallTownPapers® can really bring them to life.

Besides the obvious value of finding obituaries, how else would I have known that Uncle Gene broke his nose at a baseball game in high school, or that he had to miss the big town picnic because he came down with mumps right in the middle of hay season (and all along he thought his neck was stiff because he took a nap on a board)!

By using the SmallTownPapers collection, I am able to put “meat on the bones” so to speak, of families that are completely unknown to me. -Tami Glatz

WorldVitalRecords.com Currently Posting 300 Databases Each Week From Godfrey Memorial Library

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

For the next month, WorldVitalRecords.com, in coordination with its partnership with the Godfrey Memorial Library, will post 300 databases a week. In fact, last week WorldVitalRecords.com posted 300 databases from the Godfrey Memorial Library Collection. These databases come from the Godfrey Funeral Sermons database, as well as the Godfrey Library database.

WorldVitalRecords.com has scanned the Godfrey Funeral Sermons Collection and hundreds of family histories in the Godfrey Memorial Library.

The purpose of the Godfrey Memorial Library is to promote the study of family history by:

• Inspiring individuals in all sectors of society to study their heritage and their own place in history.

• Supporting educational activities that create enthusiasm for family research.

• Making genealogical and historical resources available to all on a national and international level by continuing the expansion, modernization, and distribution of the collection of print, electronic manuscript and other information media as technology develops.

Presently, Godfrey Library has approximately 200,000 books and periodicals in its collection including: state and local histories, international resources, family histories, biographies, records by religious organizations, church records, funeral records, cemetery records, military records, maps, etc.

From the Godfrey Memorial Library Collection.

WorldVitalRecords.com To Award 30,000th Subscriber

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Get on your mark, get set…sign up for WorldVitalRecords.com!

WorldVitalRecords.com will soon reach its 30,000th subscriber mark. To prepare for this milestone, a contest has been set up to award the 30,000th person to sign up for a monthly, US, or World Collection at WorldVitalRecords.com.

The 30,000th subscriber will receive a free 1-year subscription to Everton’s Genealogical Helper, FamilyTreeMaker 16 (which includes six months of Ancestry.com), and a subscription to the World Collection (If the individual has already signed up for the World Collection, another year will be added).

The 30,000th subscriber will be notified by email. The announcement will also be made in the WorldVitalRecords.com newsletter, as well as the WorldVitalRecords.com blog.

A few reasons to sign up for a WorldVitalRecords.com subscription:

  • Eligibility of winning the 30,000th subscriber prize
  • Access to more than 1 billion names
  • Access more than 7,100 databases.
  • Access to new content every business day
  • Affordable membership price
  • You are a competitive person, and you simply want to win!

Special US offer

Special World offer

Paul Allen Named Top 100 Venture Entrepreneur for Fourth Straight Year

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

PROVO, UT, April 1, 2008Paul Allen has been named to the vSpring Capital list of 100 business executives who are most likely to lead a successful venture-backed company in the next few years.Known as “Paul Allen the Lesser” in the Utah venture community to distinguish him from Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen, Utah’s Paul Allen has built several companies that are recognizable to many Utahns: Infobases, Ancestry.com, MyFamily.com, 10x Marketing, FundingUniverse.com, and LDSAudio.com.Allen is currently CEO of FamilyLink.com, a genealogy and social networking company founded in 2006 that is already reaching millions of families with its online family tree tools and family history content.

The vSpring Capital Top 100 Venture Entrepreneurs, or v|100, was created in 2004 to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have ties to the state of Utah and who are most likely to lead a successful business venture within the next few years.

Recipients of the award are selected through a community-nominated and peer-selected process. Allen has received this recognition each of the past four years.

“Paul’s entrepreneurial contribution in Utah has been invaluable. Aside from the revenue growth and job creation of his companies, Paul has also been a key luminary in his industry and in entrepreneurship,” said Dennis Wood, Director of Human Capital. “We are greatly pleased to see Paul make this list.

“It’s the process that makes this recognition so meaningful. The awardees are first nominated by the community at large and then hand-picked by several hundred entrepreneur peers,” Wood said.

Since moving back from Silicon Valley in 2001, Allen has invested a good deal of time in networking with entrepreneurs and investors, teaching business classes at Utah Valley State College and Brigham Young University, writing a popular blog on internet marketing and entrepreneurship (www.paulallen.net), contributing articles for Connect Magazine and lecturing widely. Allen has also served as a judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition and for several business plan competitions.

“Since its founding, vSpring has funded dozens of Utah companies at various stages of development, and has promoted entrepreneurship and job growth by investing in the state,” Allen said. “I am honored to be named by vSpring as a recipient of this award.”

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

About vSpring
vSpring is a traditional early-stage venture capital firm with over $350 million of committed capital under management. Specifically, vSpring targets information technology and life sciences companies headquartered in the Intermountain West region. vSpring looks for companies with the potential to transform their markets and create lasting value. vSpring’s primary areas of focus include enterprise software, networking and communications, security software, Internet, mobile computing, drug discovery, drug delivery, diagnostics, and medical devices, all markets where the firm has deep experience.

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.