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[NARA] WorldVitalRecords

Leslie Morales a librarian at the Alexandria Library in Virginia shared this information:

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Provides More than
10.2 Million Records to

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) provides more than
10.2 million records to, including Irish famine
passenger and ship records, World War II Army enlistment records, Korean
War dead and wounded Army casualties records, and other military
records. The records will be free to access until April 6.

Provo, UT, March 26, 2007 --(PR.COM)-- National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA), one of the largest archives in the United States,
has provided with the first shipment of online
genealogical records, including the Irish Famine passenger and ship
records, World War II Army Enlistment Records, Korean War Dead and
Wounded Army Casualties records, and other military records, totaling
more than 10.2 million records.

"For the family historian, this new and improved access to these lists
makes research much easier. Previously available in a series of books,
or lost at the National Archives database, this new edition provides
greater search capacity, allowing researchers to find all possible
immigrants with just a few keystrokes. In addition, the associated list
of ship voyages will help confirm or refute family traditions,
permitting a more accurate history of a family," said Kory Meyerink, AG,
FUGA, ProGenealogists, Inc.

The first shipment of the NARA records was launched March 16th and will
be free to access at until April 6. The World War
II Army Enlistment records cover 1938 - 1946. This series contains
records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the
United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. The
Korean War Dead and Wounded Army Casualties database includes 109,975
records from February 1950 to December 1953. The Records of Deceased,
Wounded, Ill, or Injured Army Personnel, Including Dependents and
Civilian Employees database covers January 1961 to December 1981 and
contains 293,858 records.

" has been working with NARA to acquire these
records for the past two months. The military records represent a great
cross section of US military personnel from all 50 states who served in
wars and conflicts around the world. Almost every family has been
affected by war and have some ties to these records," said Yvette Arts,
Director, Content Acquisition,

The Famine Irish Passenger Record File (FIPAS) database contains a list
of 604,596 persons who arrived in the Port of New York from 1846-1851,
as well as the ships on which they arrived. Approximately 70 percent of
the passenger records list as the native country.

"About a million Irish immigrants left as a result of the Great Famine.
Many Americans today are their descendants. Many have an interest in
identifying their ancestor's passenger arrival list and ship of arrival.
This can be very difficult because Irish immigrants tend to have common
names, and in the Famine period they tended to immigrate as single
individuals rather than as family units. So it can be a challenge to
know which 'John Murphy' or 'Bridget Kelly' was the ancestor. Being able
to search the Famine era passenger lists with a relatively easy-to-use
and flexible search engine would help mitigate this difficulty," said
Kyle Betit, professional genealogist, ProGenealogists, Inc.

These records contain information about immigrants, primarily from , but
also include information on passenger arrivals from 32 additional
countries including Canada, Brazil, Russia, Saint Croix, Morocco, the
United States, and countries throughout Europe.

"The abstracting and indexing of the so-called 'Famine' immigrant
passenger lists is a significant and useful tool for genealogical
research. Considered the first of the great migration waves that arrived
in the in the nineteenth century, these poor Irish immigrants changed
not only their lives through their migration, but also changed the
course of American history. The size of this new workforce helped propel
to the forefront of the industrial revolution. Many would later serve in
the Union Army during the Civil War, adding great strength to the forces
that eventually won that war," Meyerink said.

At, these NARA databases are part of a global
search, allowing users to search all of the databases at one time. These
records will also be enhanced with geomapping and the Google Book search

"We are very appreciative to NARA and the many individuals who helped to
put these datasets together. We will continue to work with national and
international archival organizations to provide greater access to vital
records for genealogy enthusiasts worldwide," said Paul Allen, CEO,

Media Contact
Whitney Ransom
Corporate Communications Director
World Vital Records, Inc.

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