Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary

Posted by on recently celebrated its two year anniversary and is looking forward to many more years of celebration! On October 4, 2006, sold its first membership with 21 online databases. Now, two years later, has more than 1.2 billion names in more than 11,000 databases. Thank you for making one of the most popular online destinations for people tracing their ancestral lines. We especially want to thank the tens of thousands of you who have subscribed to, helping to fund the services we offer today and their ongoing growth and refinement. was originally founded by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team. The current president of the company is Steve Nickle. Under Allen and Nickle’s direction, the company has pursued its goals of becoming the world’s largest gateway to family discovery and expression and to facilitate your desire to connect with family and family roots. When began, one of the main strategies Allen set was to partner with as many companies as possible to acquire valuable genealogical content, while sharing revenues and royalties with these content providers. In September 2007, DearMYRTLE wrote, “With all the partnering, special offers, combined sign-ups and such, WVR clearly wins the award for the most prolific agreement-signing genealogy website of the year.”

More than 30 companies have partnered with, such as FamilySearch, Quintin Publications, British Origins, The Statue of Liberty Foundation/Ellis, Eneclann,SmallTownPapers®, Genealogical Publishing Company, Accessible Archives, Archive CD Books Australia, NewspaperARCHIVE, Find A Grave, and Find My Past. Everton Publishers was the first company to partner with World Vital Records.

As part of the partnership, all of Everton’s content including the Genealogical Helper and Everton’s Pedigree Files and Family Group Sheets became available at World Vital Records. World Vital Records adds new content every business day. Some of its most popular databases include Everton’s Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files , and the World War II Army Enlistment Records. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) , the Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records, Find A Grave death records, and SmallTownPapers® newspaper collection are free to access and frequently viewed.

Each week sends out a newsletter containing upcoming databases, industry news, genealogical tips, articles on recent databases, and more. For those who are new to the site, is part of a family of services that includes,, and We’re Related and My Family on Facebook. We look forward to continually helping you find your ancestors. At, we are dedicated to meeting your needs. With your continued support and feedback, our service will continue to improve over time. We can accomplish much together to improve genealogical research. If you have feedback on how we can better meet your needs, please send it to Whitney at Thanks for your support this past year at

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