Archive for April, 2012

Webinar: Find your relatives in the 1940 US Census

Monday, April 30th, 2012

1940 Census on MyHeritageHaving trouble finding people in the 1940 US census? Need some practical tips to make the most of available information?

Join MyHeritage’s experts on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2pm EDT* for a free, live webinar: How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census – (register for the webinar).

Laurence HarrisLaurence Harris

Laurence Harris and Mark Olsen will take you step-by-step through researching the census. They’ll demonstrate how to find the people you’re looking for and how to understand the records you find.

We’ll also look at other methods to help reveal records such as using city directories or converting previous census EDs, how to decipher the information and follow clues for further research.

A question-and-answer session with our expert panel - also including Daniel Horowitz and Schelly Talalay Dardashti -  will follow.

Mark OlsenMark Olsen

MyHeritage was the first commercial entity to have all the census images online. Search the entire census.

We’ve also updated our MyHeritage Mobile App so you can search the census on-the-go.

Register for the webinar.

* Time Zones:
London, UK 7pm
New York, 2pm
Chicago, 1pm
Salt Lake City, 12 noon
Los Angeles, 11am

Do you have any questions you’d like answered? Put them in the comments below, and we’ll address them during the webinar.

Feel free to “like” this post. Share it with your friends so they can also join in – the webinar is open to everyone.

We look forward to seeing you online.

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NGS Mobile App

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

NGS 2012: A new conference mobile app

WorldVitalRecords and MyHeritage are gearing up for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, set for Cincinnati, Ohio, from May 9-12. Read more about the NGS conference here.

Mobile App for NGS

NGS just released a mobile app for the conference.  Several recent events – such as Jamboree 2011 and Rootstech 2012 – also provided very popular mobile apps, used by many attendees to check sessions, special  events, speaker information and much more on their smart phones, IPads and other devices. No longer do conference attendees need to carry around a heavy printed syllabus.

Click image to get the NGS mobile app

Click image to get the NGS mobile app

Some of the mobile app’s best features:

  • Schedule

With the Mobile app, you can browse the entire schedule by day, speaker, and topic (track). You can also check topics by audience skill level – beginner, beginner intermediate, intermediate, intermediate advanced, advanced and all. Can’t decide which level is appropriate for you? There’s probably an app for that!

  • My Schedule

As you flip through the pages of speakers, topics, levels, simply click to add those of interest to “My Schedule” to your calendar. Remember to have your smartphone or device turned on, the guidebook app running and calendar running to be reminded of events you select.


[Guest Post] Commemorating the Titanic

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Nick Barratt
Nick Barratt

This is a guest post from Dr Nick Barratt, (author, historian and broadcaster) who runs Sticks Research Agency and is a regular presenter of TV shows as well as his own vodcast, in association with He currently serves as the President of the Federation of Family History Societies, Vice President of AGRA, Executive Director of FreeBMD, Editor in Chief of Your Family History magazine, Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Dundee, and Trustee at the Society of Genealogists.

Don’t forget to
send your family’s Titanic stories to by Friday for your chance to win a copy of Dr Barratt’s book – Lost Voices from the Titanic.

2012 is meant to be a year about celebration. We have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, shaping the tone of our approach to public occasions – a chance to forget the doom and gloom surrounding the economy and have a party.

Maybe that explains some of the celebratory noises associated with the centenary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage, and subsequent place in the annals of maritime history when it struck an iceberg and sank. As this anniversary approaches, it is terribly easy to forget the horrific loss of life – over 1,500 people died in a few minutes – as plans are made to re-release the Hollywood blockbuster,  hold events and exhibitions, even street parties in a couple of locations.

In the main, though, the feeling is of commemorating rather than celebrating this moment of contemporary history.  I have a personal bias towards this approach, having written the book – Lost Voices from the Titanic - which features eyewitness statements rarely used or published in their own right, having been collated by historian Walter Lord in the 1950s, as he wrote his own account of the tragedy, made into a haunting film, “A Night to Remember.”

The majority of the collection is at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and it is distressing to read. Each one transports the reader back in time to that fateful night, placing you where the people themselves stood – on the deck waiting for instructions, in the bowels of the ship trying to save the stricken vessel, in the communications room frantically trying to raise the alarm and secure rescue, and in the lifeboats, watching the ship sink below the icy waters of the Atlantic.

You cannot help but be moved by some of these accounts. Among the most poignant and eloquent is Charlotte Collyer, who watched her husband Harvey remain on board as the lifeboat containing her and their daughter, Marjorie, descend towards relative safety, knowing there was little chance of seeing him again. She describes the emotional scene as a young lad tries to jump in with them, and is ordered at gunpoint by the officer on board to leave the ship and act like a man; sobbing, the youth leaves to meet his fate. She transports us to the deck of the Carpathia, the first ship on the scene, as women desperately tried to see if their husbands had made it to safety, in the main to be bitterly disappointed as she was. Her story ends with a letter back to her parents-in-law, grief stricken and having to face the journey home having lost everything but her daughter.

I was fortunate enough to meet the last surviving passenger, Millvina Dean, before she passed away in 2009. She summed up the way I think we should approach the Titanic; it changed her life in so many ways, but she cannot bear the thought that people would visit the wreck, or bring up objects from the sea bed. “After all,” she said, “that’s my father’s grave. He lies down there, somewhere. Let him rest in peace.”

Now that the last living link with the ship has passed away, we should commemorate the centenary, and only then begin to look afresh now that the Titanic has become part of history, not a living reminder of personal tragedy.

Laura Mabel Francatelli and Other Survivors (Taken from the Discovery Channel –

Family History Expo – Albuquerque, New Mexico April 13 and 14

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Albuquerque New Mexico Family History Expo April 13, 14 2012

Crowne Plaza Hotel

More information

Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Mark Olsen

Schelly Talalay Dardashti and Mark Olsen from MyHeritage and WorldVitalRecords will be in New Mexico this weekend for another Family History Expo

Here is the agenda of our events – we hope to see you there!


1940 Census: at the Houston Family History Expo

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

We at WorldVitalRecords and MyHeritage are very excited to announce that we have all states and territories from the 1940 United States Census now live on our sites!

This week we will get the opportunity to show you the 1940 census  live via Google Hangouts and in person if you are in Houston, Texas at the Family History Expo.

We will also have a booth where you can try the WorldVitalRecords and MyHeritage sites and learn more.

1940 US Census

1940 US Census

Houston Texas Family History Expo MyHeritage/WorldVitalRecords Events

Friday April 6th

3:30 CT       Galveston Room               US Census Records 1850-1940              Mark Olsen

7:50CT        South Padre Room          MyHeritage Online Family Tree            Mark Olsen

Saturday April 7th

11:20CT     Galveston Room                 Google Hangout – Connecting Genealogists      Mark Olsen

2:30CT       Houston Classroom         Facebook vs. Google+ Do I want both?                 Mark Olsen

We will bring each class to you live via Google Hangouts but may be limited by the internet connection speed at the event.  Check Houston Expo Link  for the live feed at the appropriate times above.  The feed may also be found here where you can participate via comments.

Tara McIntosh

The 1940 Census: State Status

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The 1940 Census was released by the United States National Archives just one day ago and already we have many of  them ready for you to search at WorldVitalRecords!

We’ve heard many success stories and look forward to sharing those with you in the coming days. The most common comment is how fast and easy it is to search the new census images using our site.

At the time of this post there are 26 states online at census.  Our Engineers our working tirelessly to make these important records available to you as soon as possible.

We hope you enjoy your time flipping through the pages of the census and connecting with your past!

Please share your 1940 success stories in the comments below.

Happy Census Searching!

1940 Census States on WorldVitalRecords

1940 Census States on WorldVitalRecords

The 1940 Census: Why all the hype?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The 1940 Census – What’s the big deal?

If you’re not a diehard genealogist or family historian you may not have even noticed that the 1940 census is the talk of the town over the past few months.  Yet genealogists around the world are going nuts over the April 2nd release.

Why all the hype? What’s a census?

In 1787, the founding fathers of the United States of America mandated that a census be taken every 10 years to count the entire population of the country to direct taxes and state representation.

Representation and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers…The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.

– Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States

The 1940 Census on

The 1940 Census on