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DNA Testing now available from WorldVitalRecords

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
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WorldVitalRecords DNA Testing

At WorldVitalRecords we are excited to offer DNA Testing to help you take advantage of this revolutionary technology for advancing your family history research.  We are offering DNA testing at very affordable prices for a limited time.  Get more information HERE.

Your ancestors left clues to your family history in you and in other descendants, and you can unlock these clues by testing your DNA.

With our simple cheek swab test you can:

  • Discover previously unknown relatives via DNA matches
  • Uncover the ethnic and geographical origins of your ancestors
  • Prove or disprove whether you and another person are related through a common ancestor
  • Break through “brick walls” encountered during your family history research (more…)

How Do I Get The Most Out of My Subscription?

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

First of all, we are thrilled that you are a member of, and if you aren’t, we hope you will consider subscribing soon! At, we want you to get the most out of your subscription. To help you with this endeavor, here are a few tips and facts to assist you along the way…

  1. Read the weekly newsletter. The newsletter provides you with information on upcoming databases, the major collection, company and industry news, and genealogical tips. The newsletter is free and is sent out every Thursday evening.
  2. If you know the location of the ancestor you are searching, try researching using the Places button on the main toolbar on the top left hand corner of the homepage. The Places button allows you to search by country and also by state.
  3. We add content every business day. If you cannot find the content you are searching for today, try again in the future.
  4. If you are looking for a certain collection on our site, try our Browse Popular Collections button When you click on this button, you will be directed to a page containing more than 26 of our most popular collections, including SmallTownPapers, Find My Past, Genealogical Publishing Company, and many more.
  5. On, our data is separated into World Collection and US Collection. Any content from the World Collection (any content outside of the US) is represented by the following symbol: Any content from the US collection is represented by the following symbol: Any content that is free, is represented by the following symbol: offers a US Collection annual membership for $3.33 per month, and a World Collection annual membership for only $9.95 per month. (Note, you must purchase a subscription for a year to receive that low month-per-month rate.)
  6. If you perform a search at and do not find the results you need, try putting just the first name and surname into the Search Box. Sometimes when you perform an advanced search with content in every box, the results you need to do not show up because one of the pieces of information in the box is not documented in the database. Simple is good sometimes!
  7. If you need assistance, please contact our Customer Support Team. Simply call our toll-free number 888-377-0588 to speak with a representative. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m (MST).
  8. Share your research findings with your family. They may be able to provide tips and additional information you need to assist with your searching.
  9. The site map has been designed to help you quickly find the specific place you want to visit on the site. Here is the link:
  10. provides 3 types of surname searching. The “Matching Type” option lets you select what type of search you would like to do. The three options are “Exact“, “Soundex“, and “Double Metaphone.” To access these options, you must perform an advanced search. Here is the link to begin an advanced search:

EveryDay Genealogy Value

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

With the current state of the economy money is tight for most of us. In an effort to help, we have strengthened our commitment to provide what we are calling “everyday genealogy value.”

EveryDay Genealogy Value Means:

* We have lowered our subscription price.Our annual subscription is now priced at $119.95 for unlimited access, instead of $149.95 ($30 savings) and our U.S. collection is now only $39.95, instead of $49.95 ($10 savings).

* We have improved our site (see the New Site Design article in this newsletter). We made these changes to help you have a better experience using our site, and to make it easier for you to find your ancestors.

* New content. As always, we continue to add new and free content daily (Monday through Friday). Your subscription value increases every business day.

* We listen to your feedback. Your input is important at It’s so important that we have added a section on our site for you to share your thoughts ( You can also call our toll free number at 1-877-0588 (8-5 p.m. MST) if you ever need any assistance. We’re here to help.

New Podcast For Genealogists

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

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

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

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

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

Win Two Free Tickets to the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree June 27-June 29

Friday, June 13th, 2008

If you have been thinking about attending the 2008 Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree on June 27-June 29, here is your chance to win two free tickets!

How do you enter?

Describe a favorite experience you have had while researching your ancestors on,, or We’re Related on Facebook. Email your entry to Whitney at

The winner of the contest will win two free tickets (a $180 value) to the SCGS Jamboree, which is the largest genealogy conference on the West Coast. Entries are due on Friday, June 20, 2008 at 8 p.m.(MST). The winner will be notified on Monday June 23, 2008. (If you have already registered for the conference, and win, you will be reimbursed for your ticket.) All submissions will become the property of, Inc. and may be used for promotional purposes.

If you do not want to enter the competition, but still would like to attend the Jamboree, sign up now. Preregister before June 15. Until June 15, you can also register for the Friday bus trip and guided tour of Hollywood Forever Cemetery. If you prefer, you can�attend either of the free Friday morning sessions:Introduction to Genealogy, or the Kids’ Genealogy Camp (ages 5+)., Inc. will be a sponsor at the Jamboree. We hope you will join us at our booth. David Lifferth, President,, Inc. will also be speaking at the Jamboree on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. The title of his presentation is Innovative Family Tools to Connect Families.

Seats are still available for all of the special events, including the Friday night banquet with Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak; Saturday Effective Society Management breakfast and panel discussion; Saturday evening’s dinner with Dick Eastman; and the Sunday morning Presidential Genealogy with Chris Child and Gary Boyd Roberts of NEHGS. Reservations for the meals will close on June 15.

The Jamboree will be held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, California. This year, the program will include speakers and lectures of particular interest to those researching German, Eastern European, and Jewish roots. These include John T. Humphrey on German records, Peter Lande on “Holocaust Records as a Source for All Genealogists,” which includes how to obtain records from Bad Arolsen; Steve Morse on “One-Step Webpages” and several others.

Many well-known professional genealogists, among them Dick Eastman, Tom Underhill, Arlene Eakle, and Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, will speak about online and traditional resources, tech applications for genealogy, including several DNA talks, German ancestry, genealogy applications for today, such as family health histories, dealing with family secrets and black sheep, finding living relatives, and more.

A featured session will be the first-ever Blogger Summit, which will feature seven of the leading genealogy bloggers: Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter; Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog; George G. Morgan, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak of Megan’s Roots World and RootsTelevision, Schelly Talalay Dardashti of Tracing the Tribe, and Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. Moderating the panel discussion will be Leland Meitzler of

You can find full descriptions of speakers, lectures, evening events, and you can pre-register at this website: and the Jamboree blog at To Award 30,000th Subscriber

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Get on your mark, get set…sign up for! will soon reach its 30,000th subscriber mark. To prepare for this milestone, a contest has been set up to award the 30,000th person to sign up for a monthly, US, or World Collection at

The 30,000th subscriber will receive a free 1-year subscription to Everton’s Genealogical Helper, FamilyTreeMaker 16 (which includes six months of, and a subscription to the World Collection (If the individual has already signed up for the World Collection, another year will be added).

The 30,000th subscriber will be notified by email. The announcement will also be made in the newsletter, as well as the blog.

A few reasons to sign up for a subscription:

  • Eligibility of winning the 30,000th subscriber prize
  • Access to more than 1 billion names
  • Access more than 7,100 databases.
  • Access to new content every business day
  • Affordable membership price
  • You are a competitive person, and you simply want to win!

Special US offer

Special World offer

A Note About World Collection Subscription Prices From David Lifferth, President,, Inc.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Shown above: David Lifferth, President,, Inc.

I wanted to take some time and explain to our members some of the important details of our World Collection. Without this information, our members may not fully appreciate the effort that has gone into creating this new collection on

The launch of the World Collection has taken a long time and we have spent many months working out the financial and logistical details of this important addition to We have struggled with the realities of costs and values that we are providing to our users.

We have tried for almost a year to license some of the key pieces of data that we now have in the World Collection for our regular $49 price. However, we have been unsuccessful in licensing these valuable databases that we want and our customers’ continuously request. We have had to make a difficult choice for our users. Our decision was between either:

A) could not include the databases that we could not license for a percentage of our $49 per year subscription cost, or

B) had to define a different business model that would allow us to pay a higher licensing fee per user.

We, at, Inc., made the business decision to create a new subscription model that allows us to pay a larger portion of a higher priced product in licensing fees to our content providers. This results in a sizable license fee from each $149 subscription fee that we pay to our content partners.

I do want to provide significant revenue for our content partners. It is important to me that we provide financial support for our content partners to help them fulfill their missions in maintaining and developing the valuable and diverse records that we provide access on our site for our subscribers.
The math to make this World Collection on a reality is that simple. makes approximately the same profit from a $149 World Collection that we do from a $49 US collection. We are paying a much higher licensing fee to make these databases available on

This was a difficult choice for us, but we have decided to license and develop more expensive content with a higher price point. We hope that users will find the UK Census, European BMD and Land Ownership Records, International Military records, exclusive Australian and Canadian databases to be valuable enough to pay $149. The people that want access to this data will either buy it from us or buy from someone else that is selling it for even more than we are.

We are not taking anything away from our current subscribers. We have “grandfathered” all of the international content that was part of their original $49.95 collection. These databases that were part of the original collection that have now been moved to the World Collection will still be accessible to that ‘international component’ of your original subscription as long as you are a member.

We want to take good care of our subscribers. We have gotten consideration from our content partners to offer introductory prices as low as we can to give our existing members full consideration for their subscriptions. We consider these membership dollars to be an investment in our company. And every month we try to add value to their membership in every way we can. I want to make every member satisfied with their membership. If we cannot make a subscriber happy, I wouldn’t feel good about keeping their money and we will return their subscription fee.

David Lifferth, President,

Note:, Inc. was formely known as World Vital Records, Inc. is now a service provided by, Inc.

And The Winner of the St. George Expo Tickets Is Valerie Sweet!!!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 congratulates Valerie Smith as the winner of two free tickets ($120 value) to the Family History Expo 2008 in St. George, on February 8th and 9th.

Here is Valerie’s success story!

From Frustrated to Pacified! Finally Another Link!

My searches were exhausted to the point I put everything away, and didn’t want to look at it again for a very long time. Any genealogy researcher who has hit that brick wall in their tree line knows what I’m talking about.

My father, John Sweet, is elderly and had begun to question his living arrangements as a child. It seemed his mother, Iola Benefield Sweet (b. 1911, Illinois – d. 1965, Arkansas) gave him away to relatives when he was just a baby, to raise, and yet, Iola and his father John Richard lived nearby. It hurt him deeply. John would never consider sending one of his children away, and he needed to know he was loved despite their decision. As my father John faced his final years, he really wanted a few answers, but answers were hard to find. John’s mother and father passed away before he summoned the courage to ask them. In fact, most of our relatives had passed away except a few cousins who knew little to nothing.

So, I began my lineage search to find distant relatives and descendents who may have an answer. I wanted to find out why John’s mother gave him away, and why her mother gave her away. I also wanted to find the burial location of his maternal grandmother (Ida May Cohoon, b. 1888, Illinois) and grandfather (Samuel David Benefield, b. 1885, Illinois), who, according to what John and his mother were told, had supposedly died in a black powder factory explosion when Iola was very young.

I started with everything my father could tell me about the family, hoping to find an older living member who could fill in the gaps. I joined every online genealogy group I could find. I sifted and sifted through all the censuses, contacted every distant cousin I could find in the forums, and exhausted every family member’s name in Internet searches.

The amount of information was staggering. I found my father’s 90-year-old aunt Ruth through newspaper articles announcing her 75th wedding anniversary and her husband’s death soon after. I waited for what I hoped was an appropriate amount of time to respect her grief, then sent Ruth a letter. Her son (my cousin), Jack, responded. I was dancing on air. Through Aunt Ruth, Jack was able to give me quite a few of the answers my dad was seeking about why he ended up living with other relatives when it seemed his parents could have cared for him. The answers gave my father a little peace of mind.

But it was too late for peace of mind for me. I was hooked. I wanted it all. I’m sure all the family tree searchers can relate to that feeling. I couldn’t be pacified. Like many, I had found some captivating mysteries in my family tree and I wanted to solve them. I’d search and search, then get frustrated and put it all away for a while. I’d get it out and search some more, then put it away yet again. I traced dozens of branches of our family tree, in all directions, for a number of years. Then I hit those nasty brick walls that we all hit sooner or later. I could not find the black powder factory explosion that killed my grandmother and grandfather. I was sure the information might lead me to some of Ida May Cohoon’s living relatives, which might help complete my tree. I had the wonderful assistance of a lady who writes a column for the Illinois newspaper, who gave me lots of Benefield information. Despite family stories, together, we found my grandmother and grandfather never died in any black powder factory explosion.

My continued search showed grandfather Samuel Benefield lived on for a number of years and remarried and had other children. But I was unable to find any current addresses of the descendents. I found that the family of my grandmother, Ida May Benefield, never knew she had baby Iola, whom was given away. My father’s family revealed that John’s mother, baby Iola Benefield, had been placed on a train when she was very, very young, and sent to live with relatives because her mother, Ida May, had disappeared and her father did not really want to raise her. It was also stated that Ida May Cohoon Benefield went a little crazy after the death of her first husband (last name Davis) who died in a fire, prior to her time with Samuel. So, there was no explosion and no deaths at a factory, even though Iola Benefield was told that her parents died in such a fashion. The mystery deepened. Sadly, Iola Benefield also died before ever knowing her father was alive and living nearby throughout her childhood.

This incited my search for my paternal grandmother, Ida May Benefield. I wanted to know where she died and how, and where she was buried. I wanted to know if she remarried, had more children, or maybe had a living relative who could tell me her side of the story about her daughter (my father’s mother). I wanted to know if maybe she suffered from mental illness after her young husband’s death, or maybe she just couldn’t cope with the death at such a young age … or maybe it was something more sinister like she died or disappeared mysteriously or maybe there was a domestic incident no one knew about. Or maybe, she just disappeared and no one really knows what happened. No one from Ida May’s side of the family even knew she had a baby with Samuel, and none of them know what happened to her. I hit my first brick wall. I bounced my head off that wall for a number of years, and never broke through.

I hit the second brick wall when I traced my Sweet line back to Moses Sweet (abt. 1773, Virginia). I found this was a brick wall that held up many researchers. I bounced my head off that wall for a few years, as well, with no luck.

When I saw a new genealogy group advertised, World Vital Records, I almost passed it by. Most of the sites just duplicate each other, and I was too frustrated to deal with that. But, I broke down and decided to give it a try. I joined World Vital Records, but only for one month. I was sure I had exhausted anything they had to offer and didn’t want to waste too much time or money on more duplication.

I logged on and entered my the information for my first brick wall, Ida May Benefield. As I scanned down the page of results, I saw something new – a listing of books! There were books on genealogy, history, soldiers, LDS records, etc. Some of the books were written by family lineage researchers like me. I clicked each book and Bingo! I found several genealogy and lineage books written by distant cousins of mine that named Ida May Benefield. In addition to this great find, the site allowed me to place each of these selections in “My Library” online, to hold, until I could make purchases or contact libraries or authors about the books.

I am so glad I decided to try World Vital Records. The book listing has become a new and vital source of information for me. I contacted each library, holding books I wanted that were out of print, and although they could not sell me the books, they were able to make copies of any pages where my family names were mentioned or tell me where I may be able to purchase the book. Needless to say, I have ordered about half a dozen books with several that mention Ida May Benefield. Maybe one will lead me to the “sweet” answers I seek.

The thrill is back. I pulled out all my genealogy papers and began searching again. I’m very excited about this new source of information and the ease of searching through it. But mostly, I am excited about the results. I found results. I found new avenues to chase. Peace of mind may be within reach. At the very least, I am pacified for a while, thanks to World Vital Records.

Respectfully submitted,

Valerie Sweet

Today Is The Last Day To Win Two Free Tickets To The St. George Expo

Monday, January 21st, 2008

Shown above: The Dixie Center, venue for the Family History Expo 2008

Last week announced that is has two free tickets ($120 value) to give away at the Family History Expo 2008 in St. George, on February 8th and 9th. The contest ends today (Monday, January 21, 2008).

Entering the Contest is Easy

To be considered for a free ticket, send your favorite success story that you have had using to

The contest winner will receive 2 free tickets to the expo. All submissions will become the property of, Inc. and may be used for promotional purposes.

The winner will be notified Wednesday January 23, 2008. The name of the individual will also be announced in the newsletter next week.

Win A Free Ticket To The St. George Expo

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Shown above: The Dixie Center, venue for the Family History Expo 2008 has two free tickets ($120 value) to give away at the Family History Expo 2008 in St. George, on February 8th and 9th.

Entering the Contest is Easy
To be considered for a free ticket, send your favorite success story that you have had using to

The contest winner will receive 2 free tickets to the expo. All submissions will become the property of, Inc. and may be used for promotional purposes.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 21, 2008. Notified Wednesday January 23, 2008.