Allen has been busy developing additional properties, including the We’re Related application for Facebook, a social network called GenealogyWise, the tree-building site WebTree, interactive history site WorldHistory.com,
US Collection content
The following resources come with the US Collection:
- Books: For decades, Genealogical Publishing Co. has printed books packed with useful information on Colonial genealogy, immigrants, royal ancestry and other resources. World Vital Records has digital versions of more than 1,000 of the publisher’s books (and counting). The Simmons Historical Publications collection totals more than 350 tomes of transcribed records from Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. You’ll also find genealogies from Connecticut’s Godfrey Memorial Library and nearly 5,000 French Canadian genealogy titles from Quintin Publications, including genealogies, biographies, local histories and Quebec church records. You can view images of yearbook pages from 25 universities dating from 1875 to 1960 as a result of World Vital Records’ partnership with E-Yearbook.com. When you search World Vital Records for an ancestor, the site also automatically searches Google Books and tacks those matches onto your search results.
- Family trees: World Vital Records is bringing two large heretofore-print-only family tree collections online for the first time. Everton’s Pedigree Chart and Family Group Sheets database contains more than 3.5 million names. Meitzler Ahnentafel, a collection of pedigree charts from subscribers to the now-defunct Heritage Quest magazine, has another 3 million names. World Vital Records also searches WebTree.com’s online family trees.
- Newspapers and journals: The growing collection of newspapers on World Vital Records includes publications from NewspaperArchive.com; most are from Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania between 1759 and 1923. You can also view pages from 200 issues of Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine back to 1947 with 4 million names in all. Content from Paper of Record, a large collection of newspapers from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia (which was bought by Google), is being added.
- Immigration and passenger lists: World Vital Records has Ellis Island’s information on 24 million names of passengers who arrived at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924, as well as 5,000 passenger lists from the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild. You also can search the mammoth Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, but sometimes it gives you only a useless code, rather than a bibliographic reference with a book title.
- Gravestones, census records and more: Gravestone inscriptions from Find a Grave and early Mormon membership lists contain millions of names. Census images from AllCensus cover selected states and counties from 1790 to 1920, and you can browse images of census indexes from World Vital Records’ books collection. Because the indexes aren’t linked to the census records, though, you’re better off using online censuses at Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest Online and FamilySearch’s Record Search Pilot site.
World Collection content
- Great Britain and Ireland: English and Welsh resources from FindMyPast include the 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891 censuses and browsable indexes to births, marriages and deaths from 1837 to 1983. World Vital Records’ plans call for adding the 1851 and 1901 censuses.
- Canada and Australia: In addition to French Canadian church records from Quintin Publications, this collection offers scanned volumes from Archive CD Books Canada and the Dundurn Group covering Canadian history, politics and biography. Australian resources include the Ryerson Index to 2 million death and other notices in 156 newspapers and books from Archive CD Books Australia.
- Other foreign content: Rounding out the international collection are online family trees from Argentina called Familias Argentinas and a transcription of the 1828 Hungarian land census.
Finding relevant databases
Once you find a promising database, click on Browse This Database to go to the first page of a book. You can browse page by page, but because there aren’t links to chapters or sections, start with the table of contents or the index.
3. To get matches in pedigree and family group sheet collections, enter a Family Name and, optionally, a Given Name, but nothing else. Also search without a date and keyword to see all possible book results, as well as matches in databases without these fields. We tried our searches with and without Hamilton in the Lived In field and artist in the Keyword field.
2. If the match is in a newspaper, note the page number first. Click on More Details to see full information and the source from a transcribed record, or to view a digitized book or newspaper image in World Vital Records’ image viewer.
3. Zoom in and out using the image viewer controls. Use your mouse to drag the image around to the parts you want to read. Browse books and newspapers by clicking the blue arrows, or type in a page number to go right to that page. The black and white arrows let you toggle between positive and negative images; a Sharpen box makes words in the record a bit sharper. Click the disk icon to download the page you’re viewing (you can’t download a series of pages or a whole book at once).
2. Type one or more words in the search box (don’t worry about capitalization), using these strategies:
If you’re looking for a specific book, search on one or more words in the title.
To find databases for a place, such as county histories or newspapers, search on a town, county, state or country.
To find family histories and genealogies, search on a last name.
Web address: <www.worldvitalrecords.com>
- US Collection: $39.96 annually, $5.95 monthly
- World Collection: $119.40 annually, $14.95 monthly
Major Content Collections
- Digitized family and local history books from genealogy publishers and libraries
- Quebec church records from the Quintin Publications CD library
- Record abstracts and transcriptions from books by Genealogical Publishing Co. and Simmons Historical Publications
- Select digitized newspapers from NewspaperArchive.com
- Pedigree charts and family group sheets from the Everton and Meitzler collections
- 1841, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891censuses of England and Wales
Collection of German vital records
2006 World Vital Records founded by former Ancestry.com employees
2007 FamilyLink, a social networking site, launches
2007 World Vital Records releases We’re Related, a Facebook application
2008 Corporate name changes to FamilyLink.com; FamilyLink site becomes FamilyHistoryLink.com
2008 WebTree.com and WorldHistory.com launch
2009 GenealogyWise launches; FamilyHistoryLink shuts down
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- A surname-only search misses some matches in books, so add a given name if you’re looking for book results.
- To find someone in pedigree charts or family group sheets, enter given and family names, or just a family name, and leave the other fields blank.
- To catch variations on personal and place names, use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard after three or more characters.
- Quickly switch to a Soundex search by clicking the “With Soundex on the surname” link below your results list.
- Because the Soundex and Double Metaphone searches didn’t work consistently for us, search on variations of surnames.
- Try variations of given names (such as Cathy and Kathy for Kathleen), as the World Vital Records search engine doesn’t automatically find these.
- Try your searches without a date, place and/or keyword to ensure you get matches in records from databases that don’t have these fields.
- To adjust your search, rather than repeatedly hitting the back button to return to the search screen, find the breadcrumb trail above your results and click Global Database Search or Search.
- To find individual databases to search, go to www.worldvitalrecords.com/searchdbbytitle.aspx and enter names, places or topics related to your family.
World Vital Records’ Social Security Death Index (SSDI) database is geocoded, so if your ancestor’s SSDI record gives a last residence, you’ll see it on a map, along with nearby cemeteries. You also can click See Neighbors in your search results for a list of people who died the same year in the same zip code as your ancestor.
World Vital Records makes a few of its databases free for 10 days after they’re added. To see what’s available, go to the Browse Recent Databases page and look for “Free for more days” after database titles.