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Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG): Reuniting Families Through Volunteer Efforts

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

ISTG Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Increased Access To Online Passenger Ship Lists

PROVO, UT, February 20, 2008 – Back in 1998, Patty MacFarlane McCormack, founder of Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, wasn’t doing genealogy. She had always been the historian’s helper (her grandmother’s), but never the primary historian.

“As a child, I would sit with my grandmother at the huge oak dining room table on gloomy Saturday afternoons. As the rain trickled down the window panes behind the lace curtains and spilled off the eaves onto the Lily of the Valley planted along the house, we would label the backs of old sepia photographs and file yellowed newspaper clippings into a shoebox. Over the years, one shoebox became many,” said Patty MacFarlane McCormack, Founder and Owner of Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

Then, when McCormack’s mother passed away, she returned to her Colorado home with boxes of her treasured past and a burning desire to discover even more.

“I thought as I was going through all of these treasures that it would be wonderful to see the actual passenger lists and know the ship on which my ancestors came to the United States. Naively I thought this list would be on the Internet, but there were very, very, few passenger lists online at the time,” McCormack said. “I soon knew the frustration of so many others on the same quest.”

In 1998, 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 about 20 responses from individuals who wanted to help. On September 16, 1998, the week of both her grandmother and her mother’s birthday, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild was born. 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. My own contribution to the Guild is to upload the surnames from the manifests into alphabetic files for ease in researching,” said Pam O’Day, ISTG charter member and surname coordinator from Havre de Grace, MD. “Our work will not be done until the last available manifest has been transcribed.”

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild has more than 8,000 passenger lists and millions of names. These records will now be available at World Vital Records through its recent partnership with ISTG.

“I am very excited about this partnership. I remember when ISTG was one-year old, as World Vital Records is now, and everyone was supporting us. In return, I’m happy to partner with World Vital Records 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 passenger name, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship. These records will be free to access at World Vital Records for 10 days.

“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 Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

McCormack claims the success of the site should be attributed to the 500+ volunteers who have worked on these lists and the 250 current 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, “and we have become a family. 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.”

Before McCormack received her own scanning and copying equipment, she would go to NARA nearly every day and copy passenger manifests in hopes of helping individuals find their ancestors and even hoping to find some of her own family members as a bonus.

One day she found a passenger list which contained the name of her great, great grandmother, who was two years old at the time.

“I have every intention of framing that passenger list with a dried rose. That’s my maternal family history. Holding that piece of history in your hand really gives you a gift. It is a gift to yourself because you can just picture, in my case, my great grandmother when she was 2 years old on the ship with all of her brothers, sisters and her mom. It is an awesome experience. We seek to help you know the brave souls who dared to cross the sea, how and why they came, what they may have endured to get here and how they are a part of the tapestry of our lives.” McCormack said.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.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 than 250 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 We’re Related 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 genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors, 9.4 million monthly pages views, and more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, 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 FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Becomes WorldVitalRecords.com’s Society Affiliate Partnership Member

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

PROVO, UT, February 11, 2008 WorldVitalRecords.com (a service of FamilyLink.com, Inc.), announced the much anticipated and exciting news that the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has become a Society Affiliate Partnership Member. This partnership is a win/win/win approach to WorldVitalRecords.com, FGS, and the society members.

Fred Moss, Legal Advisor to FGS and “general handyman” worked with completing this event where Wendy Elliott, FGS President recently signed the final agreement.

“I think this is a great opportunity for our member societies. This partnership gives them a chance to obtain discounts to the various collections on WorldVitalRecords.com,” Elliott said.

“Partnering with FGS is extremely important to us because of its significant role in the genealogy space,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “We are grateful for their leadership in partnering with us and we hope to provide our services to their many members and partner societies.”

FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies; providing products and services needed by member societies; marshaling the resources of its member organizations; and working with the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies become stronger and grow.

“Societies are the backbone of genealogy networks. FGS, as a society that encompasses hundreds of societies, is an invaluable resource for genealogists and family historians worldwide. We are pleased to work with such an established group of committed individuals,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Jana Sloan Broglin, VP of Membership, is given much credit for taking the initiative and spearheading this great endeavor. Working with Dave Lifferth, President, and Carin Green, Society Consultant, over several weeks of fine tuning, the two entities are looking forward to increased revenue for societies and success for their members as they research the various databases on WorldVitalRecords.com.

“The Society is very pleased to be a part of WorldVitalRecords.com, and the affiliate partnership program that FGS and Family Link.com, Inc. (parent company) have worked out. We look forward to a long relationship with Family Link.com, Inc.,” Broglin said.

Fred Moss, who likes to remain behind the scenes, said, “We are delighted to be able to offer this valuable resource to our many society members. In partnering with FamilyLink.com, Inc., I feel that it is a benefit that we owe our members and all that FamilyLink.com, Inc. provides.”

The Society members are given a specific discount amount from the online subscription to the U.S. and World Collections. For every paid membership on WorldVitalRecords.com, the society earns a profit by way of commissions.

Other societies that have taken advantage of this new program are:

• Ohio Genealogy Society
• New York State Genealogical and Biographical Society
• California State Genealogy Society
• Southern California Genealogy Society
• Fulton County Genealogy Society (OH)
• Moravian Heritage Society (TX)
• Edgar County Genealogy Society (IL)
• South Suburban Genealogy Society (IL)
• Rogue Valley Genealogy Society (OR)

If you are a member of any of the above societies, go to the society websites, click on the link and become a member of WorldVitalRecords.com at a discounted price, and earn money for your society.

Contact Carin Green at 888.377.0588; or email her at caring@familylink.com to join the Society Affiliate Partnership Program or for further information. Also, watch for the upcoming Society Page in the weekly newsletter and the society blog at http://familylinksocieties.blogspot.com/

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

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@familylink.com

About Federation of Genealogical Societies

The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by: serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organization. FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. FGS also publishes an extensive series of Society Strategy Papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics.

About FamilyLink.com, Inc.
FamilyLink.com, Inc. operates a network of services that includes WorldVitalRecords.com, FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About WorldVitalRecords.com

Launched in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, WorldVitalRecords.com provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 500,000 monthly visitors. The site generates 9.4 million monthly pages views and has more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, 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 FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

WorldVitalRecords.com Launches World Genealogy Collection: A Billion Names From 33 Countries Coming Online

Monday, February 4th, 2008

PROVO, UT, February 4, 2008 — WorldVitalRecords.com (a service of FamilyLink.com, Inc.) released today its flagship product, the World Collection, an online genealogy database containing more than 1.5 billion names from 35 countries.

WorldVitalRecords.com’s World Collection launch includes significant collections from countries such as: England, Canada, Australia, France, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, and Portugal.

“All over the world there are wonderful people who are digitizing and preserving historic records,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com, Inc. “During the past year we have traveled and met with these content providers from more than a dozen countries. We are pleased today to announce that many of them have chosen to let us distribute their genealogical databases on the Internet.”

More than 20 companies have partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make this new collection possible. They include Find My Past, Genealogical Publishing Company, Archive CD Books Australia, British Origins, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, Eneclann, Quintin Publications, Gould Genealogy, Familias Argentinas, Godfrey Memorial Library, and Moravian Heritage Society.

“This is a very exciting announcement for our WorldVitalRecords.com members. As we enter our second year, we have accomplished much including having more than 24,000 paid subscribers, 2 million users on our We’re Related application on Facebook, and have announced 2 billion names in our two major content collections, the US and World Collection. The number two seems to be common theme in this announcement as we enter our second stage,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com, Inc.

The World Collection includes birth, marriage and death records, census records, passenger lists, immigration lists, emigration records, foreign newspapers, cemetery records, reference materials, land records, family histories, historical records, city directories, business directories, township histories, civil service records, telephone directories, government records, war records, and maps, atlases, and gazetteers.

Census records from the UK comprise WorldVitalRecords.com’s largest database in the World Collection. These records include the 1851, 1861, 1881, and 1891, 1901 censuses. These records are the official civil registration records for England and Wales from 1837 to the present. All of these censuses will be periodically posted county by county throughout the year. These censuses include images, and also a key-word searchable index.

“Alongside birth, marriage, and death records, census records are the most important building block for family historians,” said Elaine Collins, Commercial Director, Find My Past. “We feel WorldVitalRecords.com is set for success, and we are excited to make our census records more accessible to an American audience who wouldn’t normally think of Find My Past as the first place to look for census records.”

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) lists is another large database containing almost 9,000 passenger lists and millions of names. The ISTG records include information such as surname, captain’s name, port of arrival/departure, and name of the ship. These records are the result of the work of more than 500 volunteers over a ten-year period.

“I am very excited about this partnership. I remember when ISTG was one-year old, and everyone was supporting us. In return, I’m happy to partner with WorldVitalRecords.com because they provide a service that is affordable and easily accessible on the Internet,” said Patty MacFarlane McCormack, Founder, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild.

The World Collection also includes newspapers from Australia, the Bahamas, Canada (over 80 newspaper representing all provinces), Chile, Ecuador, England, Ireland, and Mexico (more than 150 newspapers from 15 states).

Genealogical Publishing Company also adds more than 600 large databases to the World Collection including colonial and Irish genealogy, royal ancestry, and family history.

“We have been publishing at Genealogical.com for 55 years, and we look forward to expanding our work into new territories, such as WorldVitalRecords.com,” said Barry Chodak, President, Genealogical Publishing Company.

Individuals can access more than 5,000 genealogical databases, more than 2 billion names (these names are being added throughout the year), and the World Collection at http://www.worldvitalrecords.com.

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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 We’re Related 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 genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 600,000 monthly visitors, 9.4 million monthly pages views, and more than 25,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, 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 FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

World Vital Records, Inc. Changes Name To FamilyLink.com, Inc.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

PROVO, UT, January 14, 2008 - A new year brings a new name to the world’s fastest growing genealogical and family history corporation, World Vital Records, Inc. World Vital Records, Inc. has changed its name to FamilyLink.com, Inc., a name which better reflects the company’s mission of connecting families to one another through innovative online tools.

“We marvel at the opportunity that the Internet provides to build web sites and social networking applications that can literally reach millions of users. FamilyLink.com will be our umbrella brand for a whole portfolio of web sites, widgets, and applications that all help families get connected to each other and to the past,” said Paul Allen, CEO, FamilyLink.com.

FamilyLink.com will continue to operate the WorldVitalRecords.com web site, with its 5,000 databases, nearly 1 billion records, and nearly 24,000 paying subscribers.

“We will continue to add new US and international records to the site every business day,” said Allen. “Our strong emphasis on aggregating vital records and other family history materials from around the world will continue, as will our use of the World Vital Records brand on our genealogical products. However, the company’s official name will now be FamilyLink.com, Inc.”

The company said it will also continue to grow its FamilyLink.com social network that has attracted more than 47,000 customers and has doubled its site traffic already this year. It will also continue to operate the We’re Related Facebook application, the #1 social application for families out of nearly 14,000 Facebook.com applications. We’re Related has more than 2 million users and is growing at a rate of 6,000 users a day. More Facebook applications are in the works.

“The FamilyLink.com name is more reflective of the broad mission of our company, which is to provide innovative tools to help families connect,” said David Lifferth, President, FamilyLink.com. “WorldVitalRecords.com will continue to provide hundreds of millions of vital records that family historians love, but as a company we are also creating tools and content for family members of all ages and interests.”

“Our enthusiastic team of genealogists and IT professionals is excited to keep up the tradition we have had of delivering extremely high quality resources and tools to our users at a very low cost,” said Lifferth.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
Family Link Corporation

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 We’re Related on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families.

About World Vital Records, Inc.
Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 470,000 monthly visitors, 6.4 million monthly pages views, and more than 22,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

About We’re Related

With more than 2 million users, 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.

About FamilyLink.com
FamilyLink.com is a social networking site that provides an innovative platform for individuals to connect, research family history, and preserve memories. FamilyLink.com has been created in a response to help genealogists from all over the world gather the information they need in a vibrantly efficient, fun, and easy way. Founded by Paul Allen in 2007, FamilyLink.com is a worldwide effort to help individuals collaborate on a global scale.

We’re Related Becomes #1 Social App For Families

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

We’re Related attracts more than 2 million users in less than 3 months

PROVO, UT, January 8, 2008— In less than three months since it was introduced, Were Related, a Facebook application created by Provo based FamilyLink.com, has become the #1 social application for families, out of more than 11,000 applications, with more than 2 million users.

Were Related allows people to create and share their family tree, connect with members of their living families, and find relatives on Facebook.

Since October, nearly 700,000 family trees have been built or uploaded and thousands of photos and family documents are being uploaded to individual Ancestor Pages.

FamilyLink.com CEO Paul Allen, who founded Ancestry.com and MyFamily.com in the 1990s, says that Facebook provides an incredible platform for virally spreading web applications. “It took us 140 days to reach a million users when we launched MyFamily.com in 1998. But Were Related reached 1 million installs in just 29 days.”

Members are adding millions of names to their family trees and inviting other family members to view their trees. The application is particular popular in Canada, where more than 25 percent of the population is using Facebook.

We wanted to make it easy for anyone to create a family tree and to share it with their relatives,” said Jason McGowan, Were Related product manager. “Now we have thousands of customers asking us for new features and giving us lots of great feedback. We intend to focus a great deal of energy on our Facebook applications and we have some exciting plans for this year.”

Were Related already has users from 189 countries and from all 50 states. Part of the reason the application has spread so quickly is that family members tell other family members about it.

“This application is the cat’s meow, especially since finding long lost family we haven’t seen in 20 years. Keep up the good work,” said Michelle Little, Were Related user, Halifax, NS.

“I really am enjoying this little application, which just allows me to show off the people I’m related to, and I can appreciate that. It’s just a way to remind all how were related. I like it a lot,” said Lizmari Collazo, Were Related user, Des Moines, IA.

“I’m totally digging this app. I love that I can see a list of my potential relations and add them to my tree with a click of a button, and uploading my gedcom (with over 2200 people) was surprisingly easy,” said

Individuals can install the Were Related application by searching for Were Related in the application directory on Facebook.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About We’re Related

With more than 2 million users, 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.

Wonderbase of the Week: Simmons Historical Publications Brings More than 765 Books To World Vital Records, Inc. Through Its Recent Partnership

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

PROVO, UT, December 3, 2007Simmons Historical Publications has recently partnered with World Vital Records, Inc. to make more than 765 of its valuable genealogical books accessible online for the first time.

“I have personally transcribed nearly 600 of these books from this collection. These are books that normally one would have to travel to a courthouse to read a microfilm to view. Through this transcription work and our partnership with World Vital Records, we have made these records much easier to access and are excited to have them available online for the first time at World Vital Records,” said Laura Willis, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.

The Simmons Historical Publications collection contains valuable genealogical information such as vital records, census records, deeds, wills, newspaper abstracts, court records, tax lists, maps, and much more.

“The fun part of my job is finding data such as the Simmons Historical Publication collection where one can see how consistent extraction work performed over a number of years has resulted in a large, valuable database,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Simmons Historical Publications’ many years of discipline and hard work brings greater access to these records.”

The first launch of the Simmons Historical Publications data will include a collection of more than 30 books containing records from Western Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

“I think this partnership is going to wonderful. It will be a great way to share some of our information in an online format,” said Sherry Adams, Co-owner, Simmons Historical Publications.

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Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com
whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

WorldVitalRecords.com Major Sponsor At 4th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2008

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Major Sponsor At 4th Annual St. George Family History Expo 2008

PROVO, UT, November 27, 2007— WorldVitalRecords.com announced today its major sponsorship of the 2008 St. George Utah Genealogy and Family Heritage Jamboree to be held on February 8-9, 2008.

“Being a sponsor of this event is an awesome opportunity and privilege because we have never had sponsors before,” said Kimberly Savage, VP of My Ancestors Found. “I have attended conferences for 20 years, and this is an excellent conference. Professionals who are on the cutting edge of learning will be attending, along with the leaders in the industry, such as WorldVitalRecords.com, Footnote, Ancestry, and FamilySearch.”

“This is the first time WorldVitalRecords.com has had a sponsorship on this level, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute and be a part of this great conference. After attending last year’s expo, I realized the importance of this conference and was really impressed with the attendees and their interest and knowledge of genealogy,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We’re really excited for this sponsorship opportunity and look forward to disseminating greater knowledge in this field through our speakers, as well as the services we provide.”

“Pirates of the Pedigree” is the theme for the expo, which will be held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. The purpose of the expo is for individuals to find their family treasures, without allowing pirates to rob them of discovering the real stories and facts from their personal pedigrees.

“My Ancestors Found’s goal in putting on family history events is to educate, motivate and inspire the beginner to the advanced genealogist. We love to have fun and invite all to share the excitement of the Family History Expo,” Savage said.

The expo will feature 101 presentations from well-known genealogists and speakers from all over the U.S, such as Richard Black from Godfrey Memorial Library, Myrt from DearMYRTLE, Kip Sperry from Brigham Young University, David Lifferth from WorldVitalRecords.com/FamilyLink.com, Leland Meitzler from Everton, Bruce Buzbee from RootsMagic, Inc., Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak from Roots Television, and Beau Sharbrough from Footnote.com. A complete list of all the speakers and their topics is available at www.MyAncestorsFound.com.

“The Family History Expo is more than a local or regional conference, it is an international event, with speakers and vendors from all across the US, Canada, and England,” Savage said. “The lectures, variety of vendors in the exhibit hall, syllabus, and program booklet are superior to many events. Providing the syllabus on compact disc and also in a paper format is always appreciated by our attendees.”

My Ancestors Found and FamilySearch will host the Family History Expo in the St. George Dixie Convention Center. More than 50 vendors and exhibitions will also be featured, along with many prizes and drawings. WorldVitalRecords.com will have an exhibit at the expo and will also present several classes on innovative tools to connect families.

“In just a short amount of time since WorldVitalRecords.com has launched, we have exploded in popularity. The next logical step for WorldVitalRecords.com was to partner with My Ancestors Found on a level such as this to show people all that we have to offer. WorldVitalRecords.com will be teaching classes, providing demonstrations, sponsoring the conference, donating prizes and giveaways, and will also have a booth for individuals to come and see all that we have to offer,” said Amy Rhoads, Director, Community Building, WorldVitalRecords.com. “WorldVitalRecords.com is using technology in ways that no other genealogy company has before. Utilizing technology in this way allows WorldVitalRecords.com to offer its services at such affordable prices, coupled with offer features and benefits for individuals take their genealogy research to the next level.”

Last year’s expo in St. George brought in over three thousand attendees. My Ancestors Found predicts that this expo may be one of the largest genealogy conferences of the year in North America.

“There’s something for everybody at this expo, no matter what their level,” Savage said. “Family history is an important link to the past. Genealogy isn’t just names and dates, its stories. It’s great to know who you are and where you came from.”

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About My Ancestors Found

Tapis and Associates, doing business as My Ancestors Found (MAF), sponsors events to educate and inspire individuals to discover their heritage through sponsoring family history events, producing educational and instructional materials of value to family historians. Event and product details can be accessed through MyAncestorsFound.com.

About World Vital Records, Inc.

Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

WorldVitalRecords.com Introduces Valuable Scanning Service

Monday, November 12th, 2007

WorldVitalRecords.com Introduces Valuable Scanning Service (Photos, Documents, Videos, and Slides)

PROVO, UT, November 12, 2007–-WorldVitalRecords.com announced today a new genealogical service to preserve photos, documents, videos, and slides.

“The idea behind our Preservation Package was to provide a much broader dimension into helping people preserve their family legacy. With thousands of printed photographs and old videos that can become damaged or deteriorate, it only made sense for us to offer a service that allowed people to convert their items to a digital format. It has never been easier nor more cost effective to do that than today,” said Scott Spencer, Call Center Manager, WorldVitalRecords.com. “Customers can experience the piece of mind knowing their precious memories are safe and secure. Best of all, they can share them with family and friends quickly and easily, anywhere, any time, online through FamilyLink.com.”

Many people have stacks of videotapes and old photos at home. Unfortunately, the quality will not last. For example, videotapes have an expected life of 7-15 years before the quality deteriorates, whereas DVD’s have an expected life of 100-500 years. Over time, photos and film can fade, discolor, deteriorate, dry out, or become brittle, regardless of how well they are stored.

In an effort to preserve these valuable tapes, photos, and documents, WorldVitalRecords.com now offers the following Preservation Package services:

Converting 8mm, 16mm, miniDVs, and VHS tapes to a DVD

Scanning photos and documents

Digitizing slides and negatives

Secure storage filing

WorldVitalRecords.com decided to offer this service after discovering that 91 percent of the WorldVitalRecords.com survey panel said they were concerned about preserving their family photos, videos, and/or documents in a digital format.

“I really see the need for digitizing documents, photographs, and other family history artifacts. These items that we have been collecting throughout our lives can be digitized so that they can be easily shared using the Internet, modern social networks, as well as emails,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We should share these artifacts with friends and family who need them for their own family history research, as well as to preserve them for posterity.”

The stories on the importance of preserving photos and old documents are endless. For example, an employee at WorldVitalRecords.com mentioned that recently the water pipe broke in his basement. He had lots of photos nearby that were almost ruined. Other catastrophes such as the fires in San Diego and Hurricane Katrina have also caused many people to realize the importance of converting their heirlooms to a digital format for backup and preservation.

“A few years back we had some of our genealogy stuff in boxes in our garage. We had a flood, and it ruined everything in the boxes. I called my uncle the night before he died, and he gave me some information on my grandmother’s family, including information on our family line from Denmark. I wrote it down and had it with some other genealogy papers in my garage. All of that information was destroyed in the flood and no one has been able to track it back since. Everything that has to do with genealogy is in the house now,” said Alice Danby, Provo, UT.

One of the benefits of using WorldVitalRecords.com’s scanning services is that individuals have the option of having WorldVitalRecords.com upload all of their photos, and also store them for free on a secure server at FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists.

Half of WorldVitalRecords.com panel members said they were interested in a service that could upload their photos to a secure site to share with other family members of their choice.

Preservation packages are priced very competitively at WorldVitalRecords.com. Some packages are 50-70% off of the retail value.

Individuals can take advantage of this new offer by calling WorldVitalRecords.com at its toll-free number (1-888-377-0588).

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About World Vital Records, Inc.

Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchTM. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.comso

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection Now Online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Collection containing more than 1,200 funeral sermons and memorials free to access until November 22, 2007.

PROVO, UT, November 12, 2007—As a result of the partnership between World Vital Records, Inc. and Godfrey Memorial Library, more than 1,200 pre-1923 funeral sermons and memorials are now available at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We’re so excited that through our partnership with World Vital Records, we can bring greater access to this valuable data that we have been accumulating for years,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library. “The funeral collection is just one data launch of many more to come.”

The Godfrey Funeral Sermon Collection is World Vital Records’ first collection from Godfrey Memorial Library. In addition to funeral sermons and memorials, the collection also contains funeral programs and funeral cards. Many of the memorials were written by family members or friends and published privately only for interested parties.

“Last year we visited the Godfrey Memorial Library to discuss a possible partnership. One of the first collections we were shown was these funeral sermons,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com. “We immediately realized the great value of this unique collection and are happy to offer access to these sermons as the first records we have digitized through our partnership with Godfrey.”

The memorials in this collection usually contain brief biographical information on the deceased, and often list witnesses, pall bearers, and ministers who participated in the funeral. There are also memorial books about senators and representatives of the house that were printed by the Government Printing Office.

Godfrey Memorial Library has been acquiring this large collection from donations, gifts, ebay, and other purchases for many years. For this digital collection, only books published before 1923 were selected, due to copyright laws. This collection will be free to access for 10 days (until November 22, 2007).

“What wonderful efforts have been made to preserve these sermons and to put them online,” said Dr. Susan E. Black, LDS historian, writer, and professor. “This funeral collection makes it much easier to learn about our ancestors beyond statistics. From these sermons we can learn what our ancestors were like and what brought happiness to their lives.”

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Godfrey Memorial Library

The Godfrey Memorial Library was founded by Fremont Rider and was incorporated on 26 Nov 1947 as a “free public library of books, pamphlets, periodicals and other materials in the fields of American biography and genealogy and in related fields; to carry on and promote investigation and research in these fields and to publish the results thereof…”

About World Vital Records, Inc.

Founded in 2006, by Paul Allen and several key members of the original Ancestry.com team, World Vital Records, Inc. provides affordable genealogy databases and family history tools used by more than 350,000 monthly visitors and nearly 20,000 subscribers. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy to extend your family tree. World Vital Records also runs FamilyLink.com, a social network for genealogists, and We’re Related, a popular Facebook application. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

E-Yearbook.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Greater Accessibility To Old College Yearbooks

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

E-Yearbook.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Bring Greater Accessibility To Old College Yearbooks

e-Yearbook.com

Provo, UT (PRWEB) October 31, 2007 – E-Yearbook.com announced its partnership with World Vital Records, Inc. today, bringing greater online accessibility to thousands of names from hundreds of old college yearbooks.

The partnership with E-Yearbook.com will allow World Vital Records subscribers access to yearbooks from the late 1800’s to 1960, containing rich data and images of the student body members, school traditions, faculty and staff members, clubs, Greek life, ROTC, intramurals, and more. E-Yearbook collection will be offered to World Vital Records on an exclusive basis for genealogy searches.

“We are extremely excited about working with World Vital Records, and obviously with Paul Allen who is a luminary in the genealogy world,” said Bryan Michael, President, E-Yearbook.com. “We are excited about this partnership because we believe in World Vital Records, in Paul, and in his vision. The success and growth of World Vital Records has made it clear that World Vital Records is going to be one of the largest and most important companies in this industry.”

“I am so excited to have these yearbooks as part of the World Vital Records’ collection. They definitely give a rich flavor to history,” said Paul Allen, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “I have been so impressed with E-Yearbook.com and their approach to digitizing yearbook archives.”

E-Yearbook.com has exclusive content license agreements with dozens of major universities such as the University of California Berkeley, the University of Iowa, the University of Kansas, the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas (Austin). Some of the larger yearbooks that will be part of the collection offered at World Vital Records contain tens of thousands of names with associated images, as well as rich, historical data. For example, the University of Texas at Austin Cactus yearbook collection is the oldest publication on campus, containing more than 114 volumes of rich historical data. The University of California Berkeley published the first Blue and Gold yearbook in 1875.

Many genealogists find great value in using old yearbooks for research. In fact, using yearbooks for genealogical purposes is one of the most common reasons E-Yearbook.com members utilize this resource.

These yearbooks are the most popular collection in our Center. Young people want to see Grandma, middle aged folks want to reminisce about former girl or boyfriends, and the football games in which they scored the winning touchdown! We regularly have television crews come in to take pictures of people in the news, and we have had the FBI, too!,” said Carol Willsey Bell, Genealogist, Local History & Genealogy Center, Warren, OH.

Additional college yearbooks will be included at World Vital Records as they become available through E-Yearbook.com.