Out of This World
World Vital Records launches a subscription collection.

Online genealogy newcomer World Vital Records (WVR) <worldvitalrecords.com>, headed up by MyFamily.com founder Paul Allen (he departed that company in 2002), launched a subscription collection in October 2006. The site, a project of Allen's Utah-based Internet-business incubator Provo Labs, offers both free and paid content.

Allen's familiarity with MyFamily.com could be an asset. “It's interesting to know their strengths and weaknesses and see how I can disrupt them a little,” he says. He's hired Ancestry.com's lead designer as well as the architect of the site's original search engine. But he plans to broaden WVR's focus beyond his former employer's: “The United States has one-twentieth the population of the world. We're excited about starting to do databases in lots of countries.”