It has been an exciting year at WorldVitalRecords.com, and we hope that you have had a wonderful year as well. At this Christmas season, we are truly grateful to our subscribers, partners, affiliates, friends, and family members. One of the benefits you enjoy at WorldVitalRecords.com, is that we add content daily. Currently we have more than 1.3 billion names in more than 11,000 databases (that’s more than twice as many databases as we had last year!)…and we’re just getting started! As 2008 is quickly coming to a close, we thought we would highlight some of the databases we have added this year at WorldVitalRecords.com.
In February, WorldVitalRecords.com launched its flagship product, the World Collection, an online genealogy database containing more than 1.5 billion names from 35 countries. The World Collection launch included significant collections from countries such as: England, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, and Portugal. More than 20 companies partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make this new collection possible. They included 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, and Moravian Heritage Society.
The World Collection includes birth, marriage and death records, census records, passenger lists, immigration lists, emigration records, foreign newspapers, cemetery records, reference materials, land records, family histories, historical records, city directories, business directories, township histories, civil service records, telephone directories, government records, war records, and maps, atlases, and gazetteers.
WorldVitalRecords.com also launched the 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 UK Censuses. These records are the official civil registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to the present. Census records are valuable since they can tell you where a person lived at a certain place and time. Censuses were conducted by the federal government and will offer a variety of information, depending on year. Census records can answer questions like where your ancestors were living at the time the census was taken, who they were living with, what their occupations were, who their neighbors were, if they had any brothers and sisters, what their ages were at the time of the census and if they had any disabilities. All of these censuses were periodically posted county by county throughout the year. These censuses include images, and also a key-word searchable index.
A brief description of each of the censuses is listed below:
The 1841 UK Census was the first census of high genealogical value because enumerators asked for the names of the occupants of enumerated residences, along with questions as listed below.
The 1861 UK Census was taken on the 7th of April and includes the following information for each person enumerated: name, address, relation to head of family, marital status, gender, age, profession and birthplace.
The 1871 UK Census was continued the genealogical value of censuses due to using names, especially first and last, and in this census, including further value-added information of mental/physical condition of members of society that otherwise would not have been accounted for. Despite this listing, however, few people enumerated their relatives in this manner until later years when the categories were treated more sensitive phraseology.
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.
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.
Another exciting database launch in 2008 was the 1851 Dublin City Census from Eneclann Ltd, a Trinity College campus company specializing in Irish history. The 1851 Dublin City Census index was compiled by Dr. D. A. Chart in the 19th century from the original census records-since destroyed in the 1922 Public Record Office fire. This index covers central Dublin-the inner city area between the canals-and consists of approximately 59,000 names and addresses of heads of households, from 21 civil parishes, with a total of 25,429 entries or 43.1% of the population of Dublin city. The destruction of the 19th Irish Census returns is probably the greatest loss that genealogy in Ireland has suffered. Irish genealogists have tried to fill this gap using extant documentary sources from the 19th Century, as census substitutes.
During 2008, WorldVitalRecords.com also partnered with The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) to bring more than 9,000 passenger lists and millions of names online at WorldVitalRecords.com. The ISTG records include information such as surname, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship. These records are the result of the work of more than 500 volunteers over a ten-year period.
More than 1000 databases from Genealogical Publishing Company were added in 2008, including colonial and Irish genealogy, royal ancestry, and family history.
Thousands of names from Find A Grave were also added to WorldVitalRecords.com in 2008. Find A Grave offers listings of cemeteries and graves from all around the world. American cemeteries are organized by state and county, and many cemetery records contain photographs of the individual markers or the entire cemeteries. The records contain some or all of the following data fields: dates and places of birth and death, biographical information, cemetery and plot information, photographs, and contributor information. Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour. There have been more than 200,000 contributors to the site. Find A Grave is operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.
Several hundred databases from Quintin Publications were also added to WorldVitalRecords.com this year. Many books in the collection are mid-western American records from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, and updates for Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and British records from Yorkshire, York, Surrey, and Yarmouth. Many family histories were also added this year from the Quintin Collection. Quintin continues to be an integral partner with WorldVitalRecords.com as it continues to update its collection with further quality records from locations across America and the world. Quintin Publications is scheduled to provide WorldVitalRecords.com with a total of more than 10,000 books and articles. All databases in this collection area free to view for ten days from the date they are launched on the WorldVitalRecords.com website.
A WebTree.com database was also placed online at WorldVitalRecords.com. WebTree.com provides a free place online for families to store, share, and print heirloom-quality family history charts and graphs. During the six-week beta period (that ended in the beginning of August), more than ten million names and almost seven hundred GEDCOMs were uploaded to the site. This averages to approximately 250,000 names added per day.
Furthermore, more than 500,000 records from hundreds of Jewish cemeteries across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel were indexed and made searchable at WorldVitalRecords.com through Jewish Data.. The database also includes thousands of Declaration of Intention documents filed by Jewish immigrants as well as rare books, and other records.
The Ryerson Index was published as one of WorldVitalRecords.com’s first large Australian databases. The Ryerson Index plugs a hole in available resources for those researching in Australia. There are no official records available for deaths post 1985 (in New South Wales), and from varying dates for other states. By indexing the deaths published in all major, and many smaller newspapers in New South Wales, the volunteers helping with the Ryerson index continue to make that gap in the records less of a brick wall for researchers. The Ryerson index has also been expanded to include other states of Australia, and now has a large number of entries from the major newspapers in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Combined, these four states cover about 85% of the Australian population.
Queensland Family History Society has also contributed many databases to WorldVitalRecords.com, such as Queensland Public Service 1864 – 1948, Classification List of the Queensland Loco Enginemen, Firemen, & Cleaners 1912 South, Brisbane Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions, Toowong Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions, The Army Index 1787, Queensland Railway Employees 1889 – 1940, Queensland Railway Dismissals 1879, Queensland Railway Appointments and Removals 1890.
Archive CD Books has also contributed a great deal to the WorldVitalRecords.com site. Many of the collections include directories, reference materials, family histories, military records, newspapers, and court records.
And lets not forget about the Simmons Historical Collection, containing many records from the United States, particularly from Kentucky. Many of these databases include court records, newspaper abstracts, wills, deed books, and marriage records.
Godfrey Memorial Library continues to add data to WorldVitalRecords.com. Since 1951, the Godfrey Memorial Library has promoted the study of family history by inspiring individuals in all sectors of society to study their heritage and their own place in history. It has also sought to support educational activities that create enthusiasm for family research and to make genealogical and historical resources available to all on a national and international level. It aims to achieve this by continuing the expansion, modernization, and distribution of the collection of print, electronic manuscript and other information media as technology develops.
Many databases were also added this year from E-Yearbook.com, including two yearbooks from California: Stanford’s University Quad, and the University of Southern California’s El Rodeo, as well as a compilation of yearbooks from the United States Military Academy West Point -Howitzer, (1921 – 1935, 1937 – 1960); United States Coast Guard Academy – Tide Rips Yearbook (1925, 1930, 1932 – 1933, 1935 – 1940, 1943 – 1956); United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point – Midships Yearbook (1945 – 1947, 1949 – 1950, 1952 – 1954, 1959); and the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs – Polaris Yearbook (1959 – 1960).
Of course we are just beginning to list some of the content that has been launched this year. We have also only mentioned a few content providers who have contributed their content to make WorldVitalRecords.com a success. Thanks to everyone! We hope to bring even more content next year online at WorldVitalRecords.com.