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Subject: [CyndisList] Aug 11-13th [Fwd: Offers FreeAccess for a Limited Time]
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 11:02:04 -0700 Opens Site Allowing for Free Public Access to More
Than One Billion Family History Records

With the addition of the largest number of records to be released in a
single day since the site launched in 2006

PROVO, UT, August 11, 2009 –, an online family
history resource, today announced the addition of the largest number of
records to be released in a single day since the site launched in 2006.
To commemorate this milestone, for the first time WorldVitalRecords is
offering free public access to its entire online collection of
historical and genealogical records beginning August 11 and continuing
through August 13, 2009. The public will have unlimited access to more
than one billion records in over 11,000 databases from around the world
including newspapers, census, birth, marriage, death, immigration and
military records; family trees; stories and publications; and yearbooks.

“As a genealogy enthusiast, I’m thrilled that people can go to one place
like, try family history research for free and
find their parents or grandparents, and see how simple it is to start
tracing back and discovering stories that bring family history to life,"
said Jim Ericson, Vice-President of Marketing for Family Link. “This is
a rare opportunity to delve into the records and discover information
about your family and ancestors you may have never known.”

Featured records in this release include:

Historical Newspapers
Through a partnership with Newspaper Archive, WorldVitalRecords is
adding access to pages from a variety of newspapers from all over the
United States, dating from 1759 through 1923. This collection features
images of entire newspapers from the western frontier, the Midwest at
the turn of the century, and the long-time standard of our nation's
news, "The New York Times" which includes over 7 million names.
Newspaper Archive produces the largest historical newspaper database
online, and the collection is fully searchable by keyword and date, and
individual pages can be saved or printed.
According to Gena Philibert Ortega, Genealogy Community Director for
FamilyLink, "Part of the fun of family history is uncovering details
about our ancestors’ daily lives -- the events of the day, the goods and
the services they bought. Newspapers allow us to better understand our

Immigration Records
Living in a country of immigrants, ship passenger lists and other
records documenting immigration can be an essential part in learning
more about your family history. It is a thrilling experience to see
their names transcribed on paper the day they entered this country
through the Port of New York. Browsing and searching these passenger
lists is a perfect way for someone to start researching their family
history. This record collection provides documentation of over 150,000
passengers who arrived on nearly 8,000 ships at one of the busiest ports
in the United States, New York, from 1820-1832.

In partnership with the website, WorldVitalRecords is
doubling its collection of digitized yearbooks. This collection features
university yearbooks from the late 1800 to mid 1950’s.
houses the largest collection of old college yearbooks on the Internet.
Universities featured this week include Duke University, University of
Oklahoma, Iowa State and the College of William and Mary.

Vital Records, Military Records and Tax Lists
Other records being released on the site include birth, marriage, tax
lists, military records, and death records from Maine, North Carolina,
Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Virginia,
Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Focused on helping users discover and share their family history,
WorldVitalRecords adds new records to their online collection everyday.

About is simplifying family history research by
providing many easy-to-use tools and resources to discover and connect
with others interested in family history. WorldVitalRecords provides
access to more than one billion international and U.S. records provides affordable access to genealogy databases
and family history tools used by more than 258,000 monthly visitors. The
site registers 3.6 million monthly pages views and serves tens of
thousands of paying subscribers. With thousands of databases—including
birth, death, military, census, and parish records—
makes it easy to fill in missing information in your family tree.
WorldVitalRecords is part of the, Inc. network of
family-focused interactive properties including, GenealogyWise, WebTree,
WorldHistory, and the We’re Related and My Family applications on Facebook.

Mary Kay Crocker
(801) 592-5575

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