Monday, July 17, 2006

WorldVitalRecords Databases

There was a big stir when the PR surrounding the revitalization of the web site was released several weeks ago. Then they started adding records.

As of today, it appears that the databases online at the site include:

Social Security Death Index
Maine Death Records
Louisiana Slave Index
Land Patents - Ohio
Land Patents - Arkansas
Land Patents - Alabama
Land Patents - Wisconsin

That's a start, although the list of records available does not describe the database itself, until you get to an actual record. The records are transcriptions, not images of the record.

You should know that you can obtain these records at other web sites, depending on the subject matter. When WVR gets this site populated with many databases, then there will be a lot of records available in one place and it will be more useful.

The only way to use the databases at this time is to enter a surname, given name, date or location (or any combination thereof) and click the "Find" button at the top of the main page.

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