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World Vital Records Special Offer Extended Through July 1, 2007

World Vital Records offers affordable access to over 10,000 databases!

For only $49.95 you can have access to their entire collection for a full 2 years!

NEW! International Parish Register Collection is one of the largest collections of parish registers on the Web from many different countries, with more being added every day.

NEW! Quintin CDROM Library contains more than 10,000 exclusive databases that would cost over $4,000 if you purchased the CDs separately! These valuable and hard-to-find materials have started coming online and will continue over the next month until the entire collection is avaliable.

Exclusive Access to Everton’s Online Library including over 200 issues of the Genealogical Helper Magazine (1946-2006). That is more than 40,000 pages of information to help you with your genealogy! They have also indexed more than 3.6 million names from Everton’s pedigree files and family group sheets.

SmallTownPapers® Collection allows you to discover your ancestors like never before…the people, places and events as reported in real time in their local newspaper. World Vital Records provides access to this archive of exclusive newspaper content, not available from any other genealogy source! This gives you access to a completely searchable digital archive that features small-town newspapers back to 1846. We currently offer nearly 1 million pages from this unique archive, and are adding more than 100,000 pages each month!

International Marriage Record Collection contains over 3 million marriages from all over the world.

World Gazetteer Collection provides detailed information on more than 310,000 places around the world.

Exclusive Content Added Daily – Your membership includes easy access to many databases that are not available anywhere else on the Internet. Our content acquisition team is constantly working to scan and index information from libraries and archives around the world. This data has never before been online including vital records, family histories, books, gazetteers and maps. New databases are added to the site every day!

Offer extended through July 1, 2007 – Your Online Research Guide

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Announcement from

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Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal is’s newest database. The database will be free to access until June 14, 2007.

The database contains records of journeys made between Fort Vancouver and Hudson Bay in the Years 1827-1828.

Ermatinger’s York Factory Express Journal is part of Quintin Publications’ collection, as is available at through its recent partnership. Click here to read the press release about the partnership between Quintin Publications and – Your Online Research Guide

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Parish/Town Guide to the Province of Québec

Source: WorldVitalRecords

Parish/Town Guide to the Province of Québec and The Notaries of French Canada 1626-1900 databases are now available at These databases will be free to access until June 8, 2007.

Robert J. Quintin, former founder and president of Quintin Publications created these databases.’s recent partnership with Quintin Publications has made these databases available on its site. In addition, thousands of Quintin’s databases will soon be available at To learn more about the partnership between Quintin Publications and, click here

Click on the links below to access the databases:

Parish/Town Guide to the Province of Québec This guide was created by Robert J. Quintin, as well as the revised and augmented edition. It was designed to prevent wasting time looking for ancestors in the wrong town at the wrong time. Quintin said that this guide will save researchers many hours of research by helping them focus on the correct parish in the correct town during the correct time period. Four different lists designed to make genealogical research in Québec much easier are currently available. This database contains 1) a chronological listing of pre-1901 Catholic Churches, 2) an alphabetical listing of parishes by town, 3) an alphabetical listing of parishes by the patron saint of that parish, and 4) an alphabetical listing of parishes by county.

The Notaries of French Canada 1626-1900 – These records were also created by Robert J. Quintin. It contains a handy listing of the notaries that practiced in French Canada. The database lists notaries 1) alphabetically, 2) chronologically and 3) by the area served. Quintin said that this guide will save the genealogist many hours of valuable research time by helping them find the most logical notaries who most likely will have the records for which they are searching. – Your Online Research Guide

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

Important collection of 18th and 19th century periodicals now online at WorldVitalRecords.comProvo, UT, June 4, 2007 — Normally only offered in libraries, Accessible Archives Inc. has recently partnered with 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.

“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,” said David Lifferth, President,

Some of the collections that will be available at 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,

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 as they occur. – Your Online Research Guide

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FamilyLink: New Genealogy Networking Web Site

Geographic and language barriers minimized to improve genealogy research with FamilyLink

FamilyLink, is the newest social genealogy networking Web site created to rapidly link people across the world and best of all, it is free!

“The recent surge in social networking sites demonstrates the need for people to connect around diverse types of interests” said Michael Tanne, Founder and CEO of Wink, a People Search Engine, FamilyLink provides a perfect venue for families, genealogists and family historians to share their common interests and heritage as they connect with one another and upload their photos, family tree, and family history.”

FamilyLink users can view the profiles of other individuals, communicate with individuals who have researched or are currently researching in their area of interest through the City Link feature, meet new individuals who also participate in the service, share photos, genealogical information, and post comments.

“One thing that is really interesting right now is that there really is nothing out there on the Web to help someone who lived in a certain city gather information from another city, unless they fly there. The need for this type of social networking definitely exists. FamilyLink allows people who are in different cities to connect with each other in an amazing way,” said Jason McGowan, Product Manager,

Additional features include a news feed system, Ancestor Pages, announcements pages, email features, shared connections between and, and will soon include a family tree.

5 things you can do for FREE on FamilyLink right now.

– Send messages to genealogists in more than 20 countries

– Upload photos of your favorite ancestors

– Visit city pages where your ancestors lived

– Find genealogists who read and speak other languages

– Ask a genealogist in over 1600 cities to do a local record lookup for you – Your Online Research Guide

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Historic Ellis Island Passenger Records Receive Expanded Online Access at

May 16, 2007 (Ellis Island, NY and Provo, UT) – – The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., World Vital Records, Inc. and FamilySearch announced today at the National Genealogical Society Conference a partnership whereby the historic collection of Ellis Island passenger arrival records will now also be freely available to visitors of the and websites.

“This is an exciting time in the long history of American immigration,” noted Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “Last month we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the busiest day at Ellis Island by hosting our annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. Today, we’re pleased to announce the expanded availability of passenger arrival records which the Foundation has continued to provide at Ellis Island and as a free service online since first introducing the database in April 2001.” The records document the arrival of 25 million immigrants, U.S. citizens, and crew members arriving through the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924.

According to Briganti, the initial project was made possible through corporate and private donations, most notably by FamilySearch, a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More than 12,000 FamilySearch volunteers donated 5.6 million hours over a 7-year period to transcribe nearly 25 million passenger records.

Wayne Metcalfe, Vice President of Records Services for FamilySearch commented, “We were pleased to provide assistance to the Foundation for the opening of their family history center in 2001 and are equally excited to see the expanded availability of these important records via the Internet. We were equally pleased to work in conjunction with World Vital Records in our new Records Access program. World Vital Records is part of a growing group of new breed online genealogical service providers who are seeking to promote the needs of records custodians and foundations like Ellis Island around the world.”

Since the records first became available online at in 2001, the website has received 10 billion hits and has united countless families with their ancestral heritage. Current and upcoming FamilySearch indexing projects can be found at

“This is certainly one of the single most important record collections available anywhere in the world,” stated Paul Allen, CEO of World Vital Records, Inc. “Nearly half of all American families have a direct personal connection to at least one individual who entered the U.S. through the Port of New York and Ellis Island, whose arrivals are documented on these passenger manifests.”

Through this alliance, the index to these historic records will be integrated into the overall search capabilities of the website. Individuals seeking additional details on the digitized manifests will be linked directly to where copies of manifests, ship images, and commemorative passenger records can be obtained.

Source: Press Release at – Your Online Research Guide

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Godfrey Memorial Library Partners With

Partnership to bring increased access to genealogical records and services

Provo, UT, May 29, 2007 — Godfrey Memorial Library recently formed a partnership with to provide individuals throughout the world with greater access to millions of records and genealogical collections.

“This is a great opportunity for Godfrey to collaborate with, one of the fast-growing genealogy and family history Internet-based companies. Godfrey has a long-standing tradition of research services and we are happy to add to our list of resources,” said Richard Black, Director, Godfrey Memorial Library.

As part of the agreement, individuals who purchase a subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library (or who are current members) can upgrade their membership to include a subscription for an additional $45.

A subscription to Godfrey Memorial Library includes a variety of genealogical material, reference books and indexes, including the 19th Century Newspaper Collection, London Times Archives 1795-1995, American National Biography Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, Reference USA, OCLC Worldcat, Marquis Who’s Who, and the Columbia World Gazetteer. The other part of the agreement allows to scan and index books, articles, and church records from the Godfrey Memorial Library. The indexes will be housed on both sites.

“We have been in contact with Richard, the Director of the Godfrey Memorial Library from the beginning of and we have been interested in the Godfrey collection. Since our visit to the library last September, we knew we would eventually work together with Godfrey to scan their content and make it accessible online,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition. subscribers benefit from this partnership by having the option to upgrade to the Godfrey Library Scholar Online Portal for only $30 (a $35 value).“The Godfrey Memorial Library is an icon in the field of genealogy and family history. Both of us benefit by this partnership because Godfrey provides us with immediate access to top reference materials, and in turn, Godfrey benefits from’s daily additions to its ever growing collection,” said Paul Allen, CEO of

Source: Press Release at WorldVitalRecords – Your Online Research Guide

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Quintin Publications Partners With To Make Thousands of Genealogical Databases Accessible

Quintin Publications to receive increased exposure and reach new audience from partnership with

Provo, UT, May 16, 2007 — Quintin Publications announced a partnership with today to provide access to thousands of genealogical and historical databases.

“We chose to partner with because we have watched their solid pattern of growth and felt it would be an excellent venue for the material we have collected and enhanced during the past 30 years,” said Phil Quintin, President, Quintin Publications.

As part of the partnership, Quintin Publications will provide WorldVitalRecords with more than 10,000 books and articles. will OCR (optical character reading), and index the material, and then make it available on its site.

“We have been looking at Quintin Publications’ material for quite a while and have been anxious to collaborate with them,” said David Lifferth, President,

Quintin Publications’ extensive collection of records includes state vital records, town and county histories, family histories, historical maps and gazetteers, modern publications by genealogists (after 1923), and international works.

“These unique collections will significantly increase the amount of databases and geographical information we have to offer at, and (a new genealogy social networking site sponsored by, and will add greater value to every subscription,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Acquisition.

Quintin Publications’ partnership with, an international genealogical company, will provide increased exposure to thousands of out of print volumes that Quintin has converted into PDF files. Some of these works include an extensive French-Canadian started by founder, Robert J. Quintin, who recently passed away.

“My father would definitely be left speechless at this point by the attention his hobby has received. This partnership opens a new avenue for the next generation to realize that we are out here and still available,” Phil Quintin said.

Carol Quintin, Robert’s wife, also sees great potential in the partnership with and hopes to reach several generations with their products and services.

“When Bob and I first started Quintin Publications, our audience was older. We are now to the point where we have children of the older folks, calling us and wanting to buy the books that their parents had purchased. The children know we are out there. Now we need to get to their children’s children. This partnership will definitely help us reach the next generation,” said Carol Quintin, Vice President, Quintin Publications.

Quintin Publications and plan to work together in prioritizing the release of the individual databases in the collection.

“The sheer volume of the content requires collaboration in order to meet the scheduled posting of the data online,” said Sarah Quintin, Creative Director, Quintin Publications.

Source: World Vital Records Press Release – Your Online Research Guide

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Popular web sites available for free through local Family History Centers

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch has announced the addition of more popular online genealogy services available for free through worldwide family history centers. The expanded services are in keeping with FamilySearch’s goal to provide increased access to records that will assist individuals in family history pursuits. New resources include:

Footnote (

Footnote is a subscription-based website that features searchable, original documents that provide users a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. The site will have over 25 million digital images by the end of 2007. Footnote is currently working with FamilySearch to index the American Revolutionary War Pension files. Additional projects with FamilySearch are under development. Individuals with Footnote subscriptions will be able to sign in with the same Footnote username and password they use at home in order to save, annotate, and upload content.

Godfrey Memorial Library (

Godfrey Memorial Library has an extensive collection of essential resources to assist genealogical and historical research. Resources include newspapers, city and business directories, vital records, printed census records, state, county, and local histories, as well as numerous family histories, family bible records, and service and pension records.

Heritage Quest/ProQuest (

Heritage Quest online includes the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790 to 1930 including names and indexes for many of the sets. Users will be able to find people and places located in over 20,000 published family and local histories and PERSI, an index of over 1.9 million genealogy and local history articles. Other online databases include Revolutionary War Pension, Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and the Freedman Bank Records Access to this service will be limited to 1,400 family history centers in North America. Patrons should contact their local family history center to see if this service is available. Family history center directors should contact Family History Center Support with questions.

Kindred Konnections (

Kindred Konnections has over 230 million pedigree linked names with submitter information. The online pedigrees are not merged, but maintained by individual patrons. There are additional databases of birth, marriage, death, and census records that are automatically searched along with the pedigree linked data. Segments of pedigrees can be downloaded.

World Vital Records (

World Vital Records provides access to research helps and has a wide variety of international records, including more than 60 parish registers, Scottish death records, UK marriages, and Irish prisoner records. There are more than 300 newspapers with 100,000 pages added a month, and over 500 online databases, including vital, military, land, pension records, reference materials, family histories, maps, gazetteers, and international coops. With the recent Quintin Publications partnership, World Vital Records will soon have more than 10,000 databases online. At least one new database is added every business day. – Your Online Research Guide

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