Thursday, April 3, 2008

Watching FamilyLink and WorldVitalRecords Grow

One of the unique things about the organization (including the subscription database site and the family tree database site ) is that the CEO blogs about what he is thinking, planning and doing. Right out loud, for all of us to read, understand and learn from.

Paul Allen has posted "We're Hiring" on his Paul Allen (the lesser) blog about not only the positions open (admitting they don't have an HR department, which is probably a good thing) but also about beta testing, their web design, and their new business and database initiatives. offers their employees 10% of their paid time to work on their own family history research. That is a tremendous investment in their employees - and it will pay off big time because it will spark enthusiasm, inquisitiveness and innovation in the employees as they work. is number 10 on the Kory Meyerink list of most popular genealogy web sites in 2008 as measured by traffic. WVR started off over a year ago with the goal of being #2 in the genealogy world, and it looks like it is well on its way to achieve that goal.

I appreciate and applaud Paul's efforts to keep his employees, customers and readers informed about his company and its products. I'm going to send a link to his post to my son-in-law who is an IT manager! I would love to have family in the Salt Lake City area!

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