Archive for January, 2009

Tips on Searching at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, January 5th, 2009

We want searching at WorldVitalRecords.com to be as easy as possible. To help you, this week we will provide a few tips to help you find the content you need.

How do I access the Most Popular Collections at WorldVitalRecords.com?

1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com
2. Click on Record Types
3. Click on Browse by Popular Collection
4. Choose from 26 of our most popular collections. Click on the link to access the specific database.

How do I view all of the databases at WorldVitalRecords.com?

1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com
2. Click on Record Types
3. Click on View All Databases

How do I view only the U.S. Collection?

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Places.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on U.S. Databases.

How do I view the World Collection?

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Places.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on International Databases.

How do I view a specific Surname?

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Places.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on U.S. Databases.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see Family Surnames.
  5. Click on the first letter of the surname you wish to search. Notice that you can choose to search from Top Surnames, and All Surnames.

How do I view the international Country Pages?

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Places.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on International Databases.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link that says Click here to view the Nationality pages..

What if I want to search for a specific type of record?

  1. Go to WorldVitalRecords.com.
  2. Click on Record Types.
  3. Click on the type of record you want to search such as, birth, marriage, and death records; census records; military records; immigration records; court; land; and probate records, etc. etc.

Genealogical New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, January 2nd, 2009


By Whitney Ransom McGowan

It’s 2009, and if you are like many people throughout the world, January is a time to set some goals and aspirations for the new year.

I once heard the expression, “May your troubles last as long as your New Year’s Resolutions.” I hope you are able to make and reach the goals you set at the start of this year. A few ways I have found to keep my New Year’s Resolutions is to write them down; make small, measurable goals, and then share them with a friend or family member.

If you are a genealogist, here are a few resolutions you may want to put on your list for this year….

1. Start keeping a journal.
2. Interview a family member about his or her life.
3. Write names, dates, and places on the back of your photos.
4. Digitize your photos and share them online (also helps in case something happens to your hard copies).
5. Break down at least one brick wall.
6. Share your research with a family member or friend… or even with someone who is researching the same name.
7. Attend a genealogical conference. (Pre-register for the conference to take advantage of an early bird price.)
8. Join a genealogical society.
9. Convert your VHS tapes to DVD or CD.
10. Plan a road trip to visit a cemetery, court house, or relative.
11. Enroll in a genealogy course. Genealogy courses are available for beginners, experts, and everyone in between.
12. Become a certified genealogist.
13. Purchase a subscription to WorldVitalRecords.com.

Regardless of your goals, I hope you will set some, specifically in the genealogical area and make some progress. Happy New Year!