Archive for the ‘Press Release’ Category

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.

xxx

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.

xxx

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.

WorldVitalRecords.com To Host New Online Edition of Everton’s Genealogical Helper

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The following announcement is from Genealogy Online, Inc. FamilyLink.com, Inc. will host the new online edition of Everton’s Genealogical Helper online at WorldVitalRecords.com:

LOGAN, Utah, June 12, 2008 –Genealogy Online, Inc., publisher of Everton’s Genealogical Helper, today, announced the publication of the Genealogical Helper in an Online Edition. The Online Edition is an identical copy of the 176-page paper edition – complete with hotlinks to the hundreds of website addresses found therein.

Launch Date – The new Online Edition will launch on July 1 – to coincide with the home delivery and newsstand date of the paper edition of the July-August issue.

Free Access – Subscribers to the traditional Genealogical Helper will have 100% FREE online access to the magazine. See http://www.everton.com for sign-up information. Non-subscribers can purchase the Online Edition for $12 per year.

Net Family History - An important feature of Everton’s Genealogical Helper is the magazine within a magazine entitled Net Family History. New information specific to using the Internet for genealogy is always found in this portion of the bimonthly publication. Extensive website reviews are always located here, as well as articles dealing with Internet-related activities.

Why an online edition? - Every issue of Everton’s Genealogical Helper now contains hundreds of website addresses. The Internet is where some of the most exciting genealogical resource advances are taking place, so it’s required that information about these resources be disseminated to the Helper’s thousands of readers in every issue. Everton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will allow readers to go from their paper edition to the hotlinked Online Edition and access any of the websites with just a keystroke or two. The Online Edition offers more than just the links found in the magazine – it is the entire magazine itself.

Format & hostingEverton’s Genealogical Helper, Online Edition, will be in pdf format, readable by anyone, with any computer running an Adobe Acrobat Reader (Available at Adobe.com as a FREE download.) The Online Edition will be hosted by FamilyLink.com, Inc. and accessible on WorldVitalRecords.com.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) Online Passenger Ship Lists Now Browseable at WorldVitalRecords.com

Monday, June 16th, 2008

PROVO, UT, June 16, 2008 — More than 9,000 passenger lists, containing millions of names from the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG), are now online at WorldVitalRecords.com. Approximately 200 of these lists were launched in February when ISTG announced its partnership with FamilyLink.com, Inc, but now all 9,000 of the lists are browseable. Beginning June 20, these records will also be searchable using WorldVitalRecords.com’s global search. Click here to access this content.

“I am very excited about this partnership. I’m happy to partner with FamilyLink.com, Inc. because they provide a service that is affordable and easily accessed on the Internet. Knowing who came before you is a heart’s desire, and it is information that is important for all of us to know,” said Patty MacFarlane McCormack, Founder, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

The ISTG records include information such as surname, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship.

“When our content acquisition team came across the ISTG records, we were looking for records from Portugal. Not only did we find records from Portugal, but passenger lists from more than 35 countries. These lists are invaluable to family historians to help locate their ancestors,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

McCormack claims the success of the site should be attributed to the 500+ people who have volunteered work on these lists over the years, including the 250 that are currently volunteers.

“I’m blessed to have volunteers who are so totally dedicated to this cause. I could not do this without them. I coordinate the overall effort, but my volunteers are some of the most dedicated people in the world,” McCormack said. “Our mission statement: ‘Bringing Our Ancestors Home: Reuniting Our Families’ really sums up what we are all about. People find their ancestors on our site, and they write to us. We then include any other information they can provide directly to a link on the passenger list. They are so grateful for the work we do, and we hear it every day. It is what keeps us going.”

ISTG has helped thousands of individuals since McCormack began asking for volunteers to help with the transcription of the passenger lists in 1998.

At the time, McCormack was affiliated with RootsWeb’s Ships List. There were many online discussions regarding how scarce passengers lists were on the Internet. Because of this, McCormack wrote to a few individuals on the listserv and told them she wanted to start a group to help bring an increased number of passenger lists online. The idea was not received very warmly. In fact, some individuals on the listserv sent discouraging remarks.

“I heard, ‘It has been tried many times before. It has always failed. You won’t be able to do it. It will cost too much money, and it is impossible.’ Really that is all I needed to hear, and I was determined to make it happen,” McCormack said.

McCormack sent out a new email and received 20 responses from individuals who wanted to help. Not long after, 14 lists were posted on the Web from the volunteers’ work and were part of the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild site.

“Transcribing manifests, with their hard-to-read handwriting, and bringing them to life online is a labor of love” said Pam O’Day, ISTG charter member and surname coordinator from Havre de Grace, MD. “My own contribution to the Guild is to upload the surnames from the manifests into alphabetic files for ease in researching. Our work will not be done until the last available manifest has been transcribed.”

xxx

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

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) was founded by a small group of people in late September of 1998. Today, ISTG has more 500 volunteers who work diligently to decipher and transcribe passenger lists which are then uploaded to its Web site.

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.

MarketingSherpa Names Paul Allen 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

PROVO, UT, June 11, 2008 MarketingSherpa, the leading publisher of marketing case studies, recently named Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc., 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year for the online subscription industry.

“MarketingSherpa’s Entrepreneur of the Year recognition calls out a member of the online subscription industry that we believe can be an inspiration to other marketers by demonstrating that you don’t have to be a huge brand name or have endless supplies of money to market yourself,” said Eric Stockton, President of MarketingSherpa.

This is the eighth year that MarketingSherpa has awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year at its Selling Online Subscriptions Summit which is held annually in New York City. More than 200 top executives of the paid online content and subscriber services industries attended this year’s Summit in May.

“I am honored to have been selected for this award. I have been relying on MarketingSherpa case studies and summits for years,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “They have been my favorite single source for Internet marketing know-how since I discovered them in 2001.”

The award is presented each year to an individual who has had great success leading an online company without major corporate backing. Past winners include companies such as TheLadders.com and AskTheBuilder.com.

“We chose Paul Allen this year because of the rapid growth he’s been able to achieve with WorldVitalRecords.com, and the way his team uses a combination of tried-and-true subscription marketing efforts and emerging tactics, such as developing a Facebook application that’s been downloaded by 3.5 million people,” Stockton said. “He’s also passionate about his business – online genealogy – and about the online subscription business model, and about the potential of Web 2.0 technologies as a significant opportunity for subscription marketers.”

Allen has founded several companies, including Ancestry.com in 1997 and MyFamily.com in 1998. He also founded 10X Marketing in 2002 and FundingUniverse in 2004. His latest venture is FamilyLink.com, Inc, a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and We’re Related on Facebook.

FamilyLink.com, Inc. was founded in 2006 and currently has more than 30 employees dedicated to creating and implementing innovative tools to connect families. The company’s subscriber base has grown as a result of its aggressive affiliate marketing program and its co-marketing deals with partners. Since the company was founded in 2006, more than 35 different companies and organizations from across the world have partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc. Allen credits his employees and the company’s partners for FamilyLink.com’s growth.

“Each company milestone we’ve reached happened because of a collaboration with our partners,” Allen said.

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

About Marketing Sherpa
MarketingSherpa is a research firm publishing practical case studies and benchmark guides for its community of marketers and thousands of weekly case study readers. Topics covered include practical how-to and exclusive data and proven tactics in business-to-business marketing, ecommerce marketing, email marketing, search marketing, telemarketing, media relations, landing page design, marketing measurement and online subscription marketing. The firm also operates six annual Summits attended by thousands of marketers. MarketingSherpa, along with MarketingExperiments and InTouch, is part of the MECLABS Group.

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.

WorldGenWeb Partners With FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

WorldGenWeb project to be hosted on FamilyLink.com

PROVO, UT, June 3, 2008 — WorldGenWeb, a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access, recently partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc.

“I think WorldVitalRecords.com is a wonderfully unique resource to the genealogy community. This is definitely a win-win partnership, as well as a great opportunity,” said Nathan Zipfel, Chairperson, WorldGenWeb. “We have been very limited in what we can do using our current servers. For example, we have not been able to take advantage of some new technology tools, such as a content management system and bulletin boards. Partnering with FamilyLink.com will give us access to these resources.”

As part of the partnership, FamilyLink.com, Inc.will host the WorldGenWeb project on its servers. In return, the content on the WorldGenWeb project will be indexed and made available online for free at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are very supportive of WorldGenWeb’s objectives and volunteer efforts. FamilyLink.com is happy to provide the necessary resources and support to allow WorldGenWeb to continue providing top quality online information free of charge to their many world wide users,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

The WorldGenWeb Project was created in 1997 and serves as a great starting point for individuals beginning their genealogy and family history. The WorldGenWeb project consists of volunteers from all over the world who have created user-friendly Websites that individuals can research to learn more about specific parts of the world, as well as their ancestors. Essentially, individuals can receive free research guidance from genealogists on a global scale.

Individuals who are interested in participating in the WorldGenWeb Project can contact the country or regional coordinator of their area of interest to see which country/parish or states are available.

xxx

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

About WorldGenWeb
The WorldGenWeb is a non-profit volunteer organization that is dedicated to the free use and access of public domain genealogical information. To further this goal, the WorldGenWeb uses internet websites to create “local repositories” of information that researchers worldwide can access. Each project website (generally) will contain local resource addresses of county/country public records offices, cemetery locations, maps, library addresses, archive addresses, and association addresses including Family History Centers or other genealogical or historical societies, and some history and culture of the region. Other resources include query pages or message boards, mail lists, historical data including census records, cemetery records, biographies, bibliographies, and family/surname registration websites.

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.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 30,000 subscribers. With 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.

GenClass.com Partners With FamilyLink.com, Inc. To Provide Free Family History Courses

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

PROVO, UT, May 28, 2008 —GenClass.com, a leading online genealogy course provider, has recently partnered with FamilyLink.com, Inc. to provide free introductory courses exclusively to WorldVitalRecords.com members.

“This partnership is a win-win proposition. One frequent request we get from our members is for help in starting their genealogy and family history. The training that GenClass provides will be a great help to those who want to learn more and expand their skills,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We are happy to provide these two training courses for free to our members by a fast-growing leader in the genealogy field.”

“We seek to work with people who are flexible, and look toward the future. We have been impressed with how WorldVitalRecords.com has partnered with a variety of organizations and companies to provide new resources, talent, and great products,” said Schelly Talalay Dardashti, GenClass co-founder and instructor. “We like what we see at WorldVitalRecords.com, and think it is a good match for a partnership.”

FamilyLink.com, Inc. and GenClass have been working together on this partnership over the past year. The initial success of this partnership has been overwhelming: All 400 openings for the first four free courses (June and July) were filled within five days.

“There are many genealogy courses out there in a variety of formats, but our operating model can be summed up as short-term, economical, information-packed courses with enthusiastic and passionate expert instructors,” said Micha Reisel, GenClass co-founder, instructor, and administrator. “We recognize that people are busy, so we provide them with as much information as possible in the most practical way possible.”

WorldVitalRecords.com members can begin registering on June 20, 2008 for August’s free courses on genealogy basics. GenClass provides 23 additional for-fee genealogy courses taught by nine professional genealogists. See all courses– including Native American Genealogy, Eastern European Genealogy, Canadian Genealogy, Brick Wall Research and more– at http://genclass.com.

“People are bombarded with so much information, but what they really need is direction on how to approach this passion for genealogy that they have developed,” added Reisel. “We want to empower these individuals from the beginning with knowledge to assist them with their genealogy and family history. All of GenClass.com’s offerings are designed to fulfill that need.”

xxx

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

About GenClass.com
GenClass.com focuses on providing short-term, practical, economical online genealogy courses on many topics taught by expert instructors based in the United States, Canada, Scotland, and elsewhere. During 2008, GenClass has scheduled 93 courses on 23 topics, including Organizing Your Family History, Finding Your Female Ancestors, Family Tree Maker 2008–The Basics, Salt Lake City–the Largest Genealogical Library in the World, and many others.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. is a family of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, and the application on We’re RelatedFacebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com
Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com, Inc. provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors. The site registers 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 30,000 subscribers. With 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.