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New Podcast For Genealogists

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

A new podcast was recently launched for genealogists called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy. The podcast is geared to beginning genealogists, and yet includes motivational interviews for the more experienced researchers.

Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of the podcast, and her hope is that this podcast will reach out to the non-genealogist and show them that discovering their family history is possible and easier than ever with all the Internet advances.

Getting started is the hardest part, and following along with this weekly serial podcast will make it easier than ever to get started and reap rewards.The audio player can be downloaded here: Genealogy Gems News Blog.

Just click the GET button on the player. It not only plays the new show, but also The Genealogy Gems Podcast, The Family Tree Magazine Podcast, The Family History Expos Podcast and Digital Photography Life. You can also subscribe free to the show in iTunes.

We’re Related Application Reaches 10 Million Users In Less Than a Year

Monday, October 20th, 2008

FamilyLink.com, Inc. builds the family graph with more than 50 million relationships

PROVO, UT, October 20, 2008
— In less than one year, FamilyLink.com, Inc.’s Facebook application, We’re Related, has been downloaded by more than 10 million users.

“When we first started We’re Related, some developers told us that people won’t use Facebook to connect with their family members. They said that Facebook’s target market was not families, and that the app would not survive,” said Jason McGowan, director, Social Networking, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We have proven just the opposite by having an application that is ranked No. 9 in ‘most monthly active users’ on Facebook. People do want to connect online with their families, and now they have an easy way to do it.”

The We’re Related application allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, share photos with their friends and families, and also collaboratively build family trees with family members on Facebook. Using We’re Related, individuals have the ability to define which Facebook users are their relatives.

Since the application was launched October 2007, more than 50 million relationships (of living people) have been defined on We’re Related. The most common relationship, by far, is “cousin, or cuz, or first cousin, or my cousin” (8.6 million). However, there have also been some funny relationships defined as well. For example, 1,925 people have been defined as “lover,” 4, 244 people have defined as “wifeys,” 2,683 people have been defined as “4th cousins,” 1,404 people have defined as “soul sisters,” 35 people have been defined as “doggy granddog,” and 35 people have been defined as “dog-n-law.”

“The Facebook platform has provided the opportunity for millions of connections to be made that may not have been possible otherwise. This fact is key to our success, because our goal is to connect individuals,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

We’re Related has its largest audiences in the United States, Canada, and the UK. It has users from a total of 232 countries/territories and from all 50 states. Within the past 30 days, the application has had 6.5 million monthly active users and 450,000 daily active users. We’re Related has been the fastest growing application in the past few weeks, jumping from No. 23 to No. 9 (based on monthly active users).

McGowan feels that having this large number of defined relationships, with the resultant heavy flow of traffic, puts FamilyLink.com well on its way to “graphing the social family graph.”

“We have been able to leverage the social graph on Facebook, and other social networks, to build the family graph and make it easy to find and connect with relatives,” McGowan said.

Along with the 10 million current users, advertisers also greatly benefit from the We’re Related application.

“The staggering growth of the We’re Related application and the targeted advertising capabilities that growth has created provide an unprecedented opportunity for advertisers to easily reach millions of people who are connecting with family and strengthening those relationships,” said Nathan Gwilliam, Chief Revenue Officer, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

We’re Related can be downloaded at: http://apps.facebook.com/we_r_related

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyHistoryLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has 7 million unique global visitors each month and 30.4 million page views per month. We’re Related is one of the fastest-growing social networks for genealogists that allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, connect with friends and family members, build family trees, and share news and photos. We’re Related has found success using Uservoice, an online forum for users, to determine new features that should be added to the site. My Family is a great way for people to express themselves and to share interesting characteristics about their family with those they connect with on social platforms.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. Announces New Guidebook for Free Online Genealogy– Google Your Family Tree

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

PROVO, UT, October 8, 2008 — FamilyLink.com, Inc. announced today the availability of Google Your Family Tree, a new book that teaches family historians how to unlock the hidden power of the Internet’s most popular search engine. Written by Daniel M. Lynch, the book received an enthusiastic reception in Philadelphia last month when it was unveiled at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference. Pre-orders for the book have been brisk, and it is expected to ship within two weeks.

“This book is well positioned to become the best-selling genealogy book of all time,” said Paul Allen, chief executive officer of FamilyLink.com. “It is the right content, by the right author, at the right time. We couldn’t be more pleased to be releasing this book this month as millions of people in the United States celebrate Family History Month.”

FamilyLink.com, Inc. and Lynch agreed to the deal in March of this year. “Dan has done an exceptional job documenting the hidden power Google offers to family history enthusiasts worldwide,” Allen said. “It is the first such book written specifically for genealogists by an accomplished genealogist and technology expert.”

Lynch was recently on the KSL NewsRadio Relatively Speaking radio genealogy show with KSL NewsRadio personality and genealogy author Mary Slawson. During the show, Slawson commented about the book, “I just finished reading it today, and it’s incredible. It’s up there with Elizabeth Shown Mills’ Evidence book. It will be in every major professional researcher’s library and hopefully in most of the beginners’ libraries. It’s a great book!”

Lynch began his career in the technology industry in 1984 and has also been involved in genealogy research for nearly 30 years. A frequent lecturer and writer, he began sharing his Google tips with fellow genealogists at the local and national level shortly after the search engine launched ten years ago. As the capabilities of Google have expanded, so too have its applications for use by family historians. “Google is easily the most important tool available for anyone engaged in family history research,” noted Lynch.

The book is 352 pages and sells for $34.95 (USD). To learn more about the book, or to reserve a copy, go to http://GoogleYourFamilyTree.com/.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyHistoryLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The company’s focus is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 3.4 million unique global visitors each month and 27.3 million page views per month. WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion names in thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records–WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

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Media Contacts:
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Director, Corporate Communications
whitney@familylink.com
(801) 377-0588 (Utah)

Daniel M. Lynch
(203) 459-4949 (Connecticut)
www.GoogleYourFamilyTree.com

WorldVitalRecords.com Announces New President and VP Marketing

Friday, October 3rd, 2008


Shown above (from left to right): Steve Nickle and Jim Ericson

Steve Nickle and Jim Ericson bring new vision and strong leadership to WorldVitalRecords.com

PROVO, UT, October 3, 2008 — WorldVitalRecords.com, an online genealogy service of FamilyLink.com, Inc., announced a new leadership team with Steve Nickle as the company’s new president, and Jim Erickson as Vice President, Marketing. Paul Allen will remain as CEO.

“I believe WorldVitalRecords.com is in a unique position to make a difference in the world of genealogy because of its dedicated and passionate employees to its unique perspective on how to partner with the rest of the genealogy community,” said Steve Nickle, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Nickle comes to the company with more than 20 years of executive and management leadership. He spent the first half of his career in financial services after earning a Financial Planning degree from BYU. The second half of his career has been spent primarily as an executive in small and medium-sized companies, including two Vice President roles at MyFamily.com — Vice President of Global Content Acquisition and Electronic Production, and Vice President of Marketing. Nickle also served on the advisory board of New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS). He has been involved in the genealogy space for the past seven years. ”

One of our goals is to become the world’s largest gateway to family and individual discovery and expression,” Nickle said. “With the current state of the economy, the desire to return to core values of family and connectedness is becoming more and more compelling to people. At WorldVitalRecords.com, we want to facilitate our customer’s desire to connect to their family and familyroots.”

Ericson has served in many leadership positions including VP Marketing for Agilix and Move Networks (a leading provider of Internet television services that provides streaming for ABC, ESPN, Fox, CW TV and Televisa). Ericson has also had genealogy experience as vice president of marketing at OneGreatFamily and as director of marketing and a product manager at Ancestry.com. While at Ancestry.com he launched Ancestry Family Tree, managed the MyFamily.com and World Family Tree online services, and launched the Ancestry.com affiliate program.

“What impressed me most with FamilyLink and the opportunity to work at WorldVitalRecords is the caliber of the team that is assembled here,” said Jim Ericson, VP Marketing, WorldVitalRecords.com. “I have a high level of respect for the entire team and have had the pleasure of working with many of these people before. I have confidence in our ability to do great things together to make a difference in the lives of our customers.”

Ericson is passionate about the values, traditions, and knowledge of families, and having that information shared from one generation to the next.

“Family history and genealogy provide us with a sense of identity and help us better understand ourselves. I enjoy the close connection people have with one another within the genealogy community, which is something you don’t often find in other markets.”

With the additions of Nickle and Ericson to the executive team FamilyLink.com is demonstrating its deep commitment to the area of family history research and discovery. The company promises to continue to expand its popular WorldVitalRecords.com service.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyHistoryLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 3.4 million unique global visitors each month and 27.3 million page views per month. We’re Related is one of the fastest growing social networks for genealogists with nearly 10 million users. We’re Related is a family-based application on Facebook.com that allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, connect with friends and family members, build family trees, and share news and photos. My Family application is a great way for people to express themselves and to share interesting characteristics about their family with those they connect with on social platforms.

Dundurn Group Partners With FamilyLink.com, Inc. To Bring More Than 400 Genealogical and Historical Books Online

Monday, September 29th, 2008

PROVO, UT, September 29, 2008 —Dundurn Group, one of the largest publishers of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction books in Canada, recently partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to host more than 400 titles from its 2,000-book collection.

“We are keen to start doing business with WorldVitalRecords.com and look forward to a successful partnership with them,” said Beth Bruder, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Dundurn Group. “We have wanted to extend our reach into the field of history and genealogy and feel like this is the right fit.”

Some of the Dundurn titles include The Genealogist’s Internet, 100 Canadian Heroines, Christian Names in Local and Family History, DNA and Family History: How Genetic Testing Can Advance Your Genealogical Research, Maps for Family and Local History: The Records of the Tithe, Valuation Office and National Farm Surveys and Strangers at Our Gates: Canadian Immigration and Immigration Policy, 1540 – 2006.

The Dundurn Collection online at WorldVitalRecords.com contains a variety of records ranging from maps, to immigration records to introductory guides to guides for researching family history online.

“WorldVitalRecords.com collects a variety of content from many recognized family history and genealogical sources,” said Yvette Arts, Director of Content Partnerships, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “The Dundurn Group databases are a great example of rich content that covers areas of research, that are not usually included in ordinary genealogical collections.”

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom McGowan
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About Dundurn
Established in 1972, Dundurn Press evolved from a small publisher of Canadian history, politics, and biography to one of the leading Canadian trade publishers of Canadian non-fiction, as well as literary fiction, drama, poetry, art books, and junior fiction and non-fiction. Dundurn Press publishes 80 new titles per year and many of their books have won or been nominated for many prestigious awards, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Translation, and the Silver Birch Award. For more information visit www.dundurn.com.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyHistoryLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 3.4 million unique global visitors each month and 27.3 million page views per month. We’re Related is one of the fastest growing social networks for genealogists. We’re Related is a family-based application on Facebook.com that allows individuals to find relatives on Facebook, connect with friends and family members, build family trees, and share news and photos. My Family is a great way for people to express themselves and to share interesting characteristics about their family with those they connect with on social platforms.

1890 British and Irish Passenger Records Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

PROVO, UT, July 30, 2008 — As a result of a recent partnership with British Origins, abstracts of the 1890 British and Irish passenger lists are now online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are very optimistic about our relationship with FamilyLink.com. Since we started our company we have wanted to get our name and products over to the North American market,” said Ian Galbraith, CEO, British Origins. “It was a no-brainer to partner with a U.S. firm and Paul Allen was a guy we wanted to do business with.”

“British Origin’s partnership with FamilyLink.com brings much needed records to a U.S., as well as a worldwide audience,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “British Origins has been great to work with. We look forward to posting more of their records, such as the York Medieval Probate Index and the York Peculiars Probate Index in the next few months.”

These passenger lists
contain nearly 200,000 passenger names of people that left British and Irish ports with U.S. and Canadian destinations, as well as one voyage that continued to the West Indies. These records have added value because, in many instances, multiple individuals from the same family were included on these lists.

Each record contains the name of the passenger, nationality, occupation, age, and marital status, as well as the name of the ship, the departure port, and the destination port.

The nationalities of the passengers included in these records are, approximately, 57,000 from Ireland, 100,000 from England, 14,000 from Scotland, and 24,000 from other locations. Between 1890 and 1920 a large number of ships left from British and Irish ports with North America as the destination. Many of the passengers aboard these ships were emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland. However, many emigrants from other European countries traveled through the UK because the cost to sail from a UK port was cheaper than sailing from a continental port. Since the shipping companies required at least six weeks British residency, many individuals changed their names to avoid detection, rather than waiting for their residency to become valid.

The Passenger Lists were compiled by Peter Coldham, directly from the original lists located at The National Archives, London, and augmented by Canadian and U.S. data.

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@familylink.com

About British Origins
British Origins offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available, and including the rich resources of the Society of Genealogists. Most material on British Origins has not been accessible anywhere else online. Collections currently include marriage registers, census records, burial records, wills, passenger lists, militia, court and apprentice records containing over 70 million names covering five centuries.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases-including birth, death, military, census, and parish records-WorldVitalRecords.com helps fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. Launches Beta of WebTree.com

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

8.4 million ancestors added to community in three weeks

PROVO, UT, July 21, 2008 — FamilyLink.com announced the beta launch of WebTree.com, an innovative and fun family tree building community that has added 8.4 million ancestor names in the past three weeks.

“WebTree.com adds a much needed family tree component to our ‘innovative tools to connect families’ strategy. By adding a user-uploaded family tree community, millions of additional names can now be searched online and more people can get connected to their families,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc. CEO. “We’re really excited this community has taken off with thousands of users in the past few weeks.”

WebTree.com utilizes powerful Web 2.0 technologies to provide an exciting, free, and useful family history experience. The service will offer the ability to share family tree files with people throughout the world, create charts and reports, and provide the option to embed trees on any Web site or blog, and more.

Historically, high-quality charts often required expensive software. Using WebTree.com, individuals can use the Internet’s first live family tree charting engine to build and print heirloom-quality, full color charts, or export them to a file. WebTree.com will offer hundreds of, backgrounds, frames, box borders and more to help users customize their charts.

“Fifteen years ago, when I began gathering information on my wife’s family tree, I was impressed by how many photographs I could not identify, and how many people who knew the family history where no longer with us. I formed the impression that now is the time, maybe the last time, to assemble the family tree before so much of it would be lost forever,” said Drew Spencer, WebTree.com user. “Now, when I print reports of the family for relatives, and share the photos I have collected, I know that it was worth the effort.”
Individuals who upload trees can share their content with the world, potentially helping others find ancestors. However, WebTree.com respects the work of individuals who contribute to the WebTree.com community. Members can remove their content from the site at any time.

WebTree.com does not share information on living family members. Information in family trees regarding living persons will appear on the individual’s personal family tree, but will not be visible to individuals on the Internet unless they have been given permission.

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, WebTree.com, and the We’re Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases–including birth, death, military, census, and parish records–WorldVitalRecords.com helps fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Richard Black, Former Director of Godfrey Memorial Library, Joins FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

PROVO, UT, July 8, 2008 — Richard Black, former director of Godfrey Memorial Library, recently accepted a position in content partnerships at FamilyLink.com, Inc.

“Richard is a well-known and respected genealogy expert who brings with him a wealth of knowledge, specifically pertaining to content and databases from all around the world. His experience at Godfrey is invaluable, and we are excited to have him working with our team,” said David Lifferth, president of FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Richard has been involved in genealogical work for more than 50 years. At the age of 12 he was asked to serve on a junior genealogical committee. The committee sponsored a contest between the youth and adults regarding who could compile the most pedigree sheets. Richard’s team won, and he has been excited about genealogy ever since.

Richard’s new role at FamilyLink.com, Inc. will be to work primarily with content providers who have U.S. genealogical content. Individuals or organizations that would like more information about submitting U.S. content to WorldVitalRecords.com can contact Richard at rblack@familylink.com.

“Familylink.com has great potential for being one of the premier providers of genealogical information, which I think is really exciting,” Richard said. “I am looking forward to being a part of FamilyLink.com, Inc. and helping people find their ancestors through our services.”

Prior to joining FamilyLink.com, Inc., Richard served as director of the Godfrey Memorial Library in Connecticut for three years. He recently married his childhood sweetheart, Linda. He and his wife reside in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases – including birth, death, military, census, and parish records – WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

More than 500,000 Jewish Names From United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, June 30th, 2008

JewishData.com partners with FamilyLink.com, Inc. to bring first complete Jewish genealogy collection online at WorldVitalRecords.com

PROVO, UT, June 30, 2008 — More than 500,000 records from hundreds of Jewish cemeteries across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Israel have been indexed and are now searchable at WorldVitalRecords.com through Jewish Data, a new partner of FamilyLink.com, Inc. The database also includes thousands of Declaration of Intention documents filed by Jewish immigrants as well as rare books, and other records.

“It’s exciting that our records will become more visible to a larger audience. WorldVitalRecords.com has become a very busy and popular website,” said Avraham Laber, President, Jewish Data. “A lot of people wouldn’t dream that it is possible to find our data online. We are happy to partner with WorldVitalRecords.com to provide this service.”

Jewish Data is the world’s largest online database of Jewish cemetery images.

“Our goal is to provide a home for Jewish records in order to help people study Jewish history and genealogy,” Laber said. “Here we have thousands of hours of research already done for people, and it only takes them a few seconds to access the records. If they would search for the same records on their own, it would cost them much more money and time.”

Some of the most popular databases in the Jewish Data collection include: Jewish cemeteries at Cypress Ave., Ridgefield, NY (100,000 images); Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY (52,000 images); Jewish cemeteries in Newark, NJ (23,000 images); Jewish Cemeteries in Montreal, Canada (23,000 images); Jewish cemeteries in Israel (14,000); Jewish cemeteries in Germany, some going back up to 700 years ago (10,000 images).

“Jewish Data represents thousands of unique names gleaned from an eclectic range of sources,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships, FamilyLink.com, Inc.  “Researchers will be pleasantly surprised by the richness of the data as they gather information from this collection to piece together their individual stories.”

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases-including birth, death, military, census, and parish records-WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. Acquires My Family Application on Facebook.com

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Extends FamilyLink.com lead as top publisher of social networking applications for families


PROVO, UT, June 26, 2008 —
FamilyLink.com, Inc., the company behind We’re Related, the No.1 family application on Facebook, has acquired the popular My Family application, which has more than 1.5 million users across five social networks, including Facebook and MySpace.The My Family app lets social networking users creatively represent their family members and pets on their web pages with cute stick figure icons. More than 8,000 new users per day add the applications. My Family is currently the 26th most popular application on MySpace and it has nearly 8,000 fans on Facebook.

“We believe in social networking as a way to reach families,” said Jason McGowan, director of social networking at FamilyLink.com. “The My Family applications appeal to younger family members, and help us reach a new audience. Acquiring My Family gives us a significant presence on other social networks, such as bebo, myspace.com, hi5, and Friendster and extends our leadership position in family social networking.”

We’re Related allows people to create and share their family tree, connect with members of their living families, and find relatives who are using Facebook. Combined, We’re Related and My Family have more than 5.7 million users and nearly 120,000 daily active users on Facebook. Both applications are especially popular in the United States, Canada, and the UK.

Comments from My Family users show how much they have embraced this application.

My Family application is one of the greatest applications on Facebook,” said Verda Eylül Varan, My Family user on Facebook from Turkey.

“I really like the My Family app. Keep up the good work! I look forward to seeing new ‘people’ on the app,” said Brooke Beaudoin-Boger, My Family user on Facebook from Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

“I REALLY like this application. It can also grow with you as you families grow,” said Andree Rossignol, My Family user on Facebook from Saint John, New Brunswick.

The acquisition of My Family will boost FamilyLink.com, Inc’s potential for increased ad revenue. For more information about advertising or to learn more about the positive impact of this acquisition for FamilyLink.com, Inc., send an email to Jason@FamilyLink.com.

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
FamilyLink.com, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@familylink.com

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the We’re Related application on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families. FamilyLink.com, Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to WorldVitalRecords.com. With more than a billion records and thousands of databases – including birth, death, military, census, and parish records – WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.