Free Access to WorldVitalRecords

Posted by on Opens Site Allowing for Free Public Access to More Than One Billion Family History Records

With the addition of the largest number of records to be released in a single day since the site launched in 2006

PROVO, UT, August 11, 2009 –, an online family history resource, today announced the addition of the largest number of records to be released in a single day since the site launched in 2006. To commemorate this milestone, for the first time WorldVitalRecords is offering free public access to its entire online collection of historical and genealogical records beginning August 11 and continuing through August 13, 2009. The public will have unlimited access to more than one billion records in over 11,000 databases from around the world including newspapers, census, birth, marriage, death, immigration and military records; family trees; stories and publications; and yearbooks.

“As a genealogy enthusiast, I’m thrilled that people can go to one
place like, try family history research for free and find their parents or grandparents, and see how simple it is to start tracing back and discovering stories that bring family history to life,” said Jim Ericson, Vice-President of Marketing for Family Link. “This is a rare opportunity to delve into the records and discover information about your family and ancestors you may have never known.”

Featured records in this release include:

Historical Newspapers
Through a partnership with Newspaper Archive, WorldVitalRecords is adding access to pages from a variety of newspapers from all over the United States, dating from 1759 through 1923. This collection features images of entire newspapers from the western frontier, the Midwest at the turn of the century, and the long-time standard of our nation’s news, “The New York Times” which includes over 7 million names. Newspaper Archive produces the largest historical newspaper database online, and the collection is fully searchable by keyword and date, and individual pages can be saved or printed.

According to Gena Philibert Ortega, Genealogy Community Director for FamilyLink, “Part of the fun of family history is uncovering details about our ancestors’ daily lives — the events of the day, the goods and the services they bought. Newspapers allow us to better understand our ancestors.”

Immigration Records
Living in a country of immigrants, ship passenger lists and other records documenting immigration can be an essential part in learning more about your family history. It is a thrilling experience to see their names transcribed on paper the day they entered this country through the Port of New York. Browsing and searching these passenger lists is a perfect way for someone to start researching their family history.
This record collection provides documentation of over 150,000 passengers who arrived on nearly 8,000 ships at one of the busiest ports in the United States, New York, from 1820-1832.

In partnership with the website, WorldVitalRecords is doubling its collection of digitized yearbooks. This collection features university yearbooks from the late 1800 to mid 1950’s. houses the largest collection of old college yearbooks on the Internet. Universities featured this week include Duke University, University of Oklahoma, Iowa State and the College of William and Mary.

Vital Records, Military Records and Tax Lists
Other records being released on the site include birth, marriage, tax lists, military records, and death records from Maine, North Carolina, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Focused on helping users discover and share their family history, WorldVitalRecords adds new records to their online collection everyday.

About is simplifying family history research by providing many easy-to-use tools and resources to discover and connect with others interested in family history. WorldVitalRecords provides access to more than one billion international and U.S. records provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 258,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 3.6 million monthly pages views and serves tens of thousands of paying subscribers. With thousands of databases—including birth, death, military, census, and parish records— makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree.

WorldVitalRecords is part of the, Inc. network of family-focused interactive properties including, GenealogyWise, WebTree, WorldHistory, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook.

Mary Kay Crocker
(801) 592-5575

14 Responses to “Free Access to WorldVitalRecords”

  1. Dennis Thomas says:

    I want to try your site with a free 3 day trial to see what it is like but cannot seem to do that.

  2. Dennis, I’m forwarding your name and e-mail address to our support department. Best wishes!

  3. Olive Giacomini says:

    I have finished the 3 days trial but can’t start the paid version , what do i do? The page with the name i want comes up but won’t open. Thank you.

  4. Olive, if you’ll follow this link at our web site and fill out the short form, our support team will be able to contact you and help you figure it out.

  5. Gail Jurgel says:

    I am very much interested in your website but have one silly question, What is the cost after the three day trial? You see my father had given me many papers from his family including death certificates birth certificates etc. but does not know where to begin. He had then ygiven to my brother who could not find anything either.Ithought maybe I could try your site.

  6. Gail Jurgel says:

    what is the cost of your site after sign on?

  7. Beverley Gazzo says:

    Please cancel my monthly subscription, as I found your site very difficult to navigate. It kept jumping to the US data base, and all I wanted was to explore the Italy site.

  8. Please contact customer support and they’ll take care of you. For contact information:

  9. Myrna Morales says:

    I am want to find my brother Marcos Morales Jr. I do not know his birth day. But he is older than me, and i was born on 1956. Maybe between 1950 – 1954. Our father name was Marcus Morales. My father was born in Puerto Rico. Can anyone please tell me how i can get some information. Please help me. Thank you.

  10. Joyce Wetherbee says:

    Hi I am trying to show my husband the cost of signing up for vital Records which I thought was all ready paid for thru my MY Heritage sign up. But apparently it is not. So what is the price? Or he will not let me give you my credit card number.

  11. Clara Goss says:

    It is not fair that you advertise anything Free and charge before a person can really see it your site is worth the risk. Basically all these Free Website are not free. The only one that is free is Family and they have the same information that your website charge for. NOT FAIR

  12. Clara, I’m sorry we frustrated you. We do our best in our advertising at at the web site to make it clear that what is free is a free trial — recently extended from three to seven days — after which subscriptions are paid. As to the records themselves, there is considerable overlap among the various major paid genealogical sites and FamilySearch, but each has a significant percentage of records which are exclusive. For example, we have over 1,000,000,000 family tree profiles which do not exist elsewhere.

  13. Deanna Fournier says:

    You never did answer their question. How much does it cost to be a member?

  14. The current prices available on the web are $16.25 per month for a monthly subscription and $89.99 for an annual subscription.