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World Vital Records Adds 63 Million Names from SmallTownPapers Collection

Friday, October 26th, 2007

PROVO, UT, October 26, 2007—World Vital Records, Inc. has increased its newspaper offerings from SmallTownPapers by adding more than 63 million names from the SmallTownPapers Collection to WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We are committed to providing this unique and exclusive material to the genealogy community through WorldVitalRecords which continues to amaze all of us with its incredible growth,” said Paul Jeffko, President, SmallTownPapers, Inc. “We are pleased to be part of such a valuable offering which now includes in total, more than 200 million names from our historic archive of small-town newspapers.”

With this newly expanded offering, 312 newspapers have been updated and 17 new titles have been added to the SmallTownPapers Collection accessible on the WorldVitalRecords website. These newspapers provide anecdotal information, as well as vital record data from local newspapers across the United States which were printed from the 1800s through last week.

“Our partnership with SmallTownPapers continues to provide a rich resource for individuals who come to our site looking for unique data about their ancestors,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc. “Our users appreciate the value of the personal family history data that is found in small-town papers from all over the U.S.”

Among the new newspapers are three from Washington state including the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, the Coulee City News, the Tri-County Tribune. There are also new titles from Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, and Texas.

“I am very pleased with the SmallTownPapers Collection at WorldVitalRecords.com, as it includes my home town paper, the Ortonville Independent. There are many articles of my family in them, even pictures of my dad,” said LaRae Schaffer, World Vital Records, Inc. subscriber, Lakeville, MN.

The newspapers that received updates cover small towns throughout the United States with several coming from Texas including the Malakoff News from Malakoff, Texas. There are also updates of many newspapers from Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington, and West Virginia. The SmallTownPapers Collection can be accessed at http://worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=stp. Many individuals have found success finding their ancestors as they have searched this valuable collection.

“Last week we had a prospective business partner from Seattle come to Provo to visit with us. I asked her where her family was from and navigated to the data for the state of Washington. About halfway down the list of nearly 50 databases, she saw the Deer Park Tribune and the Deer Park Union newspapers from the SmallTownPapers Collection on our site. She exclaimed, ‘That is where I am from!’ She then began to browse through the newspaper and found where both her husband and she were listed as being on the honor roll in their high school,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “Both of us were amazed by her quick find. She quickly gained an understanding of the power of the ever-growing database collection on WorldVitalRecords.com.”

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

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com


About SmallTownPapers®

SmallTownPapers is a leading solution provider for publishers of America’s 5000 small market newspapers. Working with publishers nationwide, the Seattle-based company digitally preserves current and archive editions and provides searchable online access to the newspapers. Additionally, SmallTownPapers provides millions of news consumers across the country with access to real-time news and information from small town America. Today, more than 350 newspapers from 46 states can be accessed and searched through SmallTownPapers. The archive, containing editions dating as far back as the 1800s, continues to grow as publishers discover SmallTownPapers in their search for comprehensive digital archive solutions.

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.

World Vital Records, Inc. Launches Federal U.S. Census From 1790-1930

Monday, October 1st, 2007

World Vital Records, Inc. Launches Federal U.S. Census From 1790-1930

Allcensus partners with World Vital Records, Inc.

Provo, UT, October 1, 2007 —Allcensus has partnered with World Vital Records, Inc. to bring the Federal U.S. Census from 1790-1930 online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“We, at Allcensus, are excited about this opportunity to assist a broader audience in tracing their family history. Our high quality census pages and correction of errors in pagination will make it easier for researchers to find the data they need in a very convenient and easy to use fashion,” said Jon McInnis, President, Allcensus.com.

The Federal Census online at WorldVitalRecords.com contains more than 800,000 browseable images and 32 million names from select counties in every state, except Alaska. The Federal Census contains unique and pertinent information.

“The thing that I love about census data is that it helps connect the dots between many diverse genealogy data bases. The various census data sets, while not perfect, are the closest to consistent data collecting at any point in history,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc. “With each successive census, more data elements are known and tracked. In most of the census you can get family group sheet info that is not documented anywhere else except for the family bible.”

World Vital Records, Inc. is building the index to the images, with the exception to the 1790 index, which is already complete. The Federal Census database will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com for 10 days after its initial launch.

“We are delighted to add such a large collection of census images from select counties across the United States to WorldVitalRecords.com. These records from Allcensus provide a good cross section of nearly 150 years of vital data,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

The first Federal U.S. Census was taken in 1790. A census has been taken every ten years since that time. The Federal Census at WorldVitalRecords.com includes information such as names of family members, state or county of birth, birth places of the parents, marital status, occupation, year of immigration, etc.

“Census records really are the backbone to genealogical research in the United States. We use them to find families, establish relationships, establish occupations, and determine military service. The clues we gather from census records help us find the family in other records. Basically, census records create the family history,” Natalie Cottrill, President and CEO, ProGenealogists.com. “I start with census research, and supplement the family history in what I find in census records with other records I am searching.”

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Allcensus

Census records are essential to any successful genealogy research. Allcensus provides low prices on selected US federal census records on CD-ROM from 1790 to 1920. The records can be purchased by year, state, and country or city and are viewable on both Windows and MAC systems. Allcensus is located in Green Creek, New Jersey.

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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, NewspaperARCHIVE, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

World Vital Records, Inc.’s CEO, Paul Allen, Awarded Prestigious Utah Genealogical Association Fellow Award

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

World Vital Records, Inc.’s CEO, Paul Allen, Awarded Prestigious Utah Genealogical Association Fellow Award

PROVO, UT, September 25, 2007 — World Vital Records, Inc.’s CEO, Paul Allen, recently received the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) Fellow award at the 2007 UGA Annual Genealogical Conference held in Salt Lake City.

“UGA is pleased to present its highest award to Paul Allen. We recognize Allen’s long-time interest in trying to make genealogical information available to the public,” said Neal Southwick, UGA Award Committee Chair. “We applaud Allen’s leadership in the field of making genealogical resources more available on the Internet which affects genealogical enthusiasts worldwide.”

The UGA Fellow award is given annually to one or two living individuals in recognition of their contributions and on-going commitment to the field of genealogy that are major in scope. This may be evidenced by any combination of publications, teaching and speaking, or leadership. This may be evidenced by any combination of publications, teaching and speaking, or leadership.

Allen has made substantial contributions to the field of genealogy. He co-founded Ancestry.com in 1997 and was its first CEO. He also served in several major roles before leaving the company in 2002.

Allen is currently the CEO of World Vital Records, Inc., with a goal to provide access to billions of high quality records from all around the world to people who are doing genealogy and family history research. World Vital Records, Inc. also recently launched FamilyLink.com a free, social network for genealogists and families.

“I feel very humbled by the UGA award. This honor was made possible by the wonderfully talented team at World Vital Records, many of whom were with me in the early years at Ancestry. We really want to make a difference in the genealogy and family history space,” said Paul Allen, CEO, World Vital Records, Inc.

UGA Fellows have the privilege of using the post-nominals F.U.G.A., following their name. Paul will be numbered with a prestigious group of individuals that have FUGA status, such as Barbara Dodson Walker, President Emerita of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Kory L. Meyerink, AG, ProGenealogists.com, and Kip Sperry, CG, AG, Associate Professor of family history at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

“I am very pleased that Paul’s major contributions to genealogy have been recognized with this award. Having known him for a dozen years, I’ve appreciated the drive and passion he brings to his family history endeavors. It is particularly good to know that he won’t be stopping; Paul will continue to make genealogy easier and faster to do for years to come,” said Kory Meyerink, BS, MLS, AG, FUGA, ProGenealogists.com.

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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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

Upload Your Family Tree On Familylink.com And Get Connected With The Perfect Genealogists For Free!

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Upload Your Family Tree On Familylink.com And Get Connected With The Perfect Genealogists For Free!

PROVO, UT, September 13, 2007 — FamilyLink.com, a free, social networking site for genealogists, announced its launch today of Family Tree Viewer, allowing individuals to upload their family tree and expand it with the help of local genealogists from all over the world.

“I am so excited about the new features of FamilyLink.com. This is groundbreaking in so many ways. This site will change the genealogy world,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

When individuals upload their family trees, they can quickly connect with other genealogists who live in the same places they are researching who can help them extend their trees by finding records they could not easily access for themselves.

For example, suppose an individual has hit a brick wall who is doing genealogical research in Sweden. With a few clicks of the mouse, this person could easily find all the individuals who are currently researching Swedish records, as well as the individuals who are living in Sweden.

Plus, once a family tree has been uploaded at FamilyLink.com, individuals can easily access on a single page the top surnames of their ancestors and find other genealogists who have interest in or who are researching the same surname with just one click. FamilyLink.com does all the work.

“FamilyLink.com is becoming the best way to connect with genealogists, and soon will become the best in the world,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager, FamilyLink.com. “Using FamilyLink.com, people will be able to find the perfect genealogists who can help them the most with their research.

Using FamilyLink.com’s Free Family Tree Viewer, individuals can:

  • Quickly view up to 12 generations of their family tree
  • View their pedigree in five different formats: standard, compact, box, text, and ahnentafel
  • Calculate the relationship between two individuals within their pedigree chart
  • Easily view vital information on an individual, such as birth, marriage, or death dates
  • Switch to ancestor or descendant view
  • Add or view photos, documents, albums, etc.
  • See information that has been added in the past 30 days
  • View a statistics page containing information about their GEDCOMs
  • Search through a large repository of information
  • Find surnames, bookmarks, places, dates, and cemeteries

Although FamilyLink.com is free and accessible to anyone, FamilyLink.com users decide exactly who has permission to view their family trees, their profiles, as well as any information they post on the site.FamilyLink has a philosophy: “Your family tree is YOUR data. You can remove it at any time, limit who can see it, collaborate with others and grow it together, and share it with whom you choose. We will never charge others to search and access YOUR data.”

“At FamilyLink, we strongly believe people have a right to their data, and we respect that,” McGowan said. “People have spent decades working on their family trees. They should be the ones who decide what happens to their family history data. We just need to make sure that we continue to build products and services where people want to keep their data on our site.”

In addition to the Family Tree Viewer, individuals at FamilyLink.com can upload their GEDCOM files, send messages to genealogists in more than 20 countries, upload photos of their favorite ancestors, and connect with more than 13,000 genealogists and family historians in more than 1,600 places.

“FamilyLink.com will change the world of genealogy and family history. After you have seen the amazing power of this free social network for families, family historians, and genealogists you will think that this is why the Internet was created,” Lifferth said.

Come, upload your family tree and see what all the fuss is about!

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Media Relations
FamilyLink.com

http://www.familylink.com

whitney@familylink.com

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.

Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Largest Argentine Genealogy Tree Database Now Online At WorldVitalRecords.com

WorldVitalRecords.com launches first Latin American database, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar

Provo, UT, September 11, 2007 — The largest online genealogy tree database of Argentinian people is now online at WorldVitalRecords.com through a recent partnership with Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

“When I was contacted by WorldVitalRecords.com I recognized immediately the benefits of this partnership. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has a lot of family data that branches into North American family records. WorldVitalRecords.com will be the key to reach them and to develop those links,” said Francisco Fernández Bell Fano, President, Familias-Argentinas.com.ar.

Fernández Bell Fano started the project in an effort to learn more about his family. The project has now expanded to include more than 130,000 entries which are all connected to one another and not a loose list of individuals from different sources. This database is considered to be the largest genealogical database in South America.

“This is our first collection from Latin America. The archive is full of rich-relationship data that will continue to expand as Familias-Argentinas.com.ar builds its database,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

One of the purposes of the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is to collect names of individuals who are blood or legal related but the main purpose is to help preserve the culture and history of the Argentinian people. After the Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database has been launched, it will be free to access at WorldVitalRecords.com for 10 days.

WorldVitalRecords.com currently has more than 300 databases in its international collection, including records from a variety of countries, such as Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland. The Familias-Argentinas.com.ar database is WorldVitalRecords.com’s first database from Latin America.

“We are actively gathering data from all over the world, and this wonderful acquisition from Argentina represents the beginnings of our worldwide collection that we will launch later this year,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Familias-Argentinas.com.ar

Familias-Argentinas.com.ar is a project that started in 1994 as a family tree. In 2000, the benefits of posting the data on the Internet were undeniable. A Web page was created with a database of almost 14,000 related persons. Since then many genealogists and family history fans have helped with the project through corrections, new branches, and even genealogical books. In the Familias Argentinas database individuals can find not only information on most of Argentinian personalities, but also many proven connections to European royal families from Spain, France, England, and other countries (for example Windsor and Romanov families are connected to Argentinian families). The oldest branches date back as far as 350 years after Christ. All of the data has been uploaded one by one to maintain the coherence of the database and to avoid duplicity. But more importantly, every single name is added only if it links to any of the existing family branches that Familias Argentinas tracks. This feature, in turn, assures Familias-Argentinas.com.ar that the database is the biggest South American database in which all 130,000 people are connected to each other.

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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, NewspaperARCHIVE, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Increase Access To A Half-Billion Records

Monday, August 27th, 2007

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Partners With World Vital Records, Inc. To Increase Access To A Half-Billion Records

Valuable collection includes records from the 18th and 19th centuries

Provo, UT, August 27, 2007 — NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest newspaper database available online, has partnered with World Vital Records Inc.’s Web sites (WorldVitalRecords.com and FamilyLink.com) in a unique way to provide increased access to a half billion records from newspapers ranging from 1759-1923.

“Historical newspapers contain valuable information about our ancestors, which may not have been preserved in any other form. By making these records easily accessible, we hope they can become a part of someone’s family history,” said Jeff Kiley, General Manager, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

The uniqueness of this partnership stems from the way in which World Vital Records, Inc. will extract vital record information from the newspapers and place it on its site.

“We wanted to have vital record information from early American newspapers. NewspaperARCHIVE.com has allowed us to extract this information from their newspapers that cover the first 160-years of their collection,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, World Vital Records, Inc.

With this partnership, NewspaperARCHIVE.com will provide several million pages of vital record data (approximately a half-billion online records), which will be available for subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“In my mind, this collection of newspapers is as valuable as the censuses because it contains similar information, with the occasional benefit of additional family data. I’m really excited about this partnership and for the increased access it will allow our viewers to experience,” said David Lifferth, President, World Vital Records, Inc.

Once the material from NewspaperARCHIVE.com has been launched, the data will be available for free at WorldVitalRecords.com for a ten-day period. The first release of the data will include 40 million records. Subsequent releases will follow totaling more than a half-billion records. Some links to the data will also be available at FamilyLink.com (World Vital Records Inc.’s new genealogy social network).

“Reading these newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries are the closest we can get to actually experiencing that time period ourselves. Whether a newspaper helps to uncover a birth record or simply someone’s life profession, it can provide valuable facts that help solve those unanswered questions,” said Leslie Fredericks-Leamon, Web Marketing Strategist, NewspaperARCHIVE.com.

About NewspaperARCHIVE.com

NewspaperARCHIVE.com, the largest historical newspaper database online, contains tens of millions of newspaper pages from 1759 to present. Every newspaper in the archive is fully searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore historical content. NewspaperARCHIVE.com adds newspaper pages faster than one can search them – with one newspaper page added every second – that’s over 80,000 images a day, or about 2.5 million pages per month! Designed for any individual of any age or profession, NewspaperARCHIVE.com provides a comfortable and safe environment with easy-to-use tools for fast searching and browsing. NewspaperARCHIVE.com is owned by Heritage Microfilm of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began in 1999.

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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

World Vital Records, Inc. Surpasses 10,000 Subscriber Mark

Friday, August 24th, 2007

World Vital Records, Inc. Surpasses 10,000 Subscriber Mark

Provo, UT, August 24, 2007 — Last October World Vital Records, Inc. sold its first membership subscription, and now less than one year later has surpassed its 10,000 subscriber milestone.

“I sure appreciate the faith of that first subscriber,” said David Lifferth, President World Vital Records, Inc. “She believed that we would continue to add at least one genealogy database each day and that her membership would increase in value every day It was the confidence of that first subscriber and 10,000 others that have provided the resources to continually expand our online databases and features.”

Christina Smith from Malden, MA was WorldVitalRecords.com’s first subscriber. She learned about WorldVitalRecords.com at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference last fall before its launch in October.

“I talked with the friendly people at WorldVitalRecords.com, picked up and read the literature, signed up for email, and waited for further news. I reasoned that a genealogical resource database company that was being started by individuals who had been instrumental in building Ancestry.com knew what they were doing and would do it well. I watched for the launch date and when it came, I signed up,” Smith said.

WorldVitalRecords.com adds at least one new database every day and currently has more than 1,500 databases representing nearly half a billion online names and records.

“I am very pleasantly impressed by what I have seen so far, and have signed up for a subscription. What clinched it for me was doing a search for my Polish family name and being amazed to find a reference to my mid-nineteenth century great-great grandparents in an obscure digitized Polish book, which I would never, never have found any other way. Please keep up the good work, and continue to amaze me,” said Natalie Lamb, Berkshire, England.

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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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers(R), Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch(TM).

Find A Grave Provides More Than 17 Million Grave Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Find A Grave Provides More Than 17 Million Grave Records to WorldVitalRecords.com

Search one of the largest collections of online burial information now at WorldVitalRecords.com.

Provo, UT, August 10, 2007 — Find A Grave announced its partnership with WorldVitalRecords.com today, bringing more than 16 million grave records free to access online at WorldVitalRecords.com.

“Find A Grave is excited to bring our database of 16 million burial records to the growing World Vital Records’ community. We believe that the more accessible this information can be made, the more it will help people make meaningful family connections,” said Jim Tipton, CEO, Find A Grave.

Find A Grave has grown over the past 12 years with more than 200,000 individuals contributing valuable information such as lists of cemeteries, names, photographs, and additional burial information.

“Find A Grave started out as a hobby for Jim Tipton, which has become one of the most popular places on the Web to upload tombstone inscriptions. I’m thrilled with this partnership and with the success he has had in helping millions of people find the burial places of their loved ones,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Genealogy expert, Leland Meitzler, also applauded the new partnership.

“Find A Grave is growing rapidly. The growth on that site is absolutely unbelievable because there are volunteers everywhere contributing to it. People have figured out this is the easiest place online to put their burial information,” said Leland Meitzler, Managing Director, Everton Publishers.

WorldVitalRecords.com is excited to be working with Find A Grave because of the great value the cemetery records will bring to its members.

“Cemetery records are critical for genealogy. The bottom line is that in many cases, the cemetery is the only place you will find a record of some folks. For some babies a cemetery is the only place where something was recorded that they actually lived,” Meitzler said. “Infant mortality was rampant, even in the U.S., just a few decades ago. In my own case, I have a number of children’s death records, and the only place I found them was in the cemetery.”

Individuals who wish to search for burial information should go to WorldVitalRecords.com, click on View All Databases, and then click on Find A Grave database under birth, marriage, and death records.

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Media Contact

Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

whitney@worldvitalrecords.com

About Find A Grave

Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends, and family members. With millions of names, it’s an invaluable tool for genealogist and family history buffs. Find A Grave memorials are rich with content, including dates, photos, bios. You can even leave ‘virtual flowers’ on the memorials you visit. Find A Grave also contains listings for thousands of celebrity graves, making it the premier online destination for tombstone tourists.

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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, Find A Grave, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

Genealogy Web Site Traffic Surges 400%

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Genealogy Web Site Traffic Surges 400%

Quantcast now ranks WorldVitalRecords.com among top 10,000 most popular Internet sites

Provo, UT, August 9, 2007 — According to Quantcast.com, a popular traffic reporting service, WorldVitalRecords.com is now ranked in the top 10,000 of the most popular sites on the Internet (9,100th to be exact). The number of unique visitors to the site has increased more than 400% since January 2007.

“We are gaining incredible momentum as we form partnerships with genealogy content providers from all over the world. We intend to become one of the top 1,000 Web sites within the next year,” said Paul Allen, CEO, WorldVitalRecords.com.

WorldVitalRecords.com adds at least one new database every day and currently has more than 1,500 databases containing nearly half a billion online names and records.

The company has signed agreements that will bring an additional 9,000 databases online in the next few months.

Much of the content at WorldVitalRecords.com comes from partners such as Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Ellis Island Foundation, SmallTownPapers®, and Accessible Archives.

“We continue to form partnerships every month with content providers from around the globe. We collaborate with partners by indexing and hosting their databases and then promoting that content through search engines and our affiliate network,” said Yvette Arts, Director of Content Acquisition. “Our goal is to offer wider public access to historical and vital records.”

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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 networking tools. With thousands of databases including birth, death, military, census, and parish records, WorldVitalRecords.com makes it easy for everyone and enjoyable to discover their family history. World Vital Records’ free social network for genealogists, FamilyLink.com, is currently in beta testing. Partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Ancestral Quest, and FamilySearchâ„¢.

Accessible Archives Inc. Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Provide Greater Access To Unique Historical Data

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Accessible Archives Inc. Partners With WorldVitalRecords.com To Provide Greater Access To Unique Historical Data

Important collection of 18th and 19th century periodicals now online at WorldVitalRecords.com

Provo, UT, July 27, 2007 — Normally only offered in libraries, Accessible Archives Inc. has recently partnered with WorldVitalRecords.com to make millions of records from the 18th and 19th centuries accessible to a broader audience.

“We are very pleased to be working with World Vital Records getting our material to the masses on a global scale,” said Rob Nagy, President, CEO, Accessible Archives.

Accessible Archives typically works with nearly 300 universities and libraries to offer the databases in full-text format. To view Accessible Archives’ databases, which are free to access until August 1, go to WorldVitalRecords.com. Click on view all databases. Then click on the link to Accessible Archives.

“We have had a great appreciation for the valuable content on Accessible Archives, and we are enthusiastic about being able to now provide what is typically library content to our subscribers at WorldVitalRecords.com,” said David Lifferth, President, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Some of the collections that will be available at WorldVitalRecords.com from Accessible Archives will be American County Histories to 1900, The Liberator (1831-1865), The Civil War: A Newspaper Perspective, The Pennsylvania Genealogical Catalogue Chester County (1809-1870), The Pennsylvania Gazette (1728-1800), African-American Newspapers: The 19th Century, and Godey`s Lady`s Book (1830-1885).

“One of the databases in the collection of most interest to genealogists would be the American County Histories to 1900. These histories form the foundation of local historical research and contain many important details of genealogical significance that are unlikely to be found in any other resource,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition, WorldVitalRecords.com.

Accessible Archives’ databases contain more than 600 million words, and they are growing at a rate of 1-2 million words each month. The databases will be updated at Accessible Archives, as well as to WorldVitalRecords.com as they occur.

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About Accessible Archives Inc.

Accessible Archives was founded in 1990 with the goal of utilizing computer technology to make available vast quantities of archived historical information, previously furnished only on microfilm. In pursuit of this vision, primary source material has been selected to reflect a broad view of the times, and has been assembled into databases with a strict attention to detail allowing access to specific information with pinpoint accuracy. Our ON-LINE full text search capability and digital imaging permits the user to search and manipulate information in ways never before possible. This approach has been highly acclaimed and Accessible Archives’ titles are now in use by universities, primary/middle/secondary schools and research libraries throughout the world. Titles will continue to be added, covering important topics and time periods for scholars and students of all academic levels.

About WorldVitalRecords.com

Finding your ancestors can be overwhelming, and expensive. At WorldVitalRecords.com, we’ve made it easy and affordable for individuals to connect to their families and find answers to their genealogical questions. WorldVitalRecords.com was founded by Paul Allen, who also founded Ancestry.com, one of the leading genealogy companies. WorldVitalRecords.com aims to be a top player in the genealogy industry and will offer users international record databases, references to top genealogical resources, including Everton’s Online Genealogical Helper and Family Group Sheets and Pedigree Files, a blog planet, podcasts, expert advice, and user-generated content.