FamilyLink.com, the social network for genealogists, is testing our new family tree software with GEDCOM upload functionality. The site and the tree are still in beta, but the feedback we are getting is encouraging. FamilyLink members are now uploading their trees and sharing them with others. Just yesterday we had 39,000 ancestor names uploaded. Geni.com got 5 million profiles in 5 months. At 39,000 in one day, we are running at the same pace.
I started blogging in November 2003. I think 13 days without a post may be a record for me. (There may have been one time a couple years ago when I was switching blog platforms where I also went this long or longer without a post.) My regular readers know how much I enjoy blogging, how I think every CEO should blog, and how much value you get when you participate in open, online conversations about all kinds of topics. So a 13-day stretch without posting indicates how incredibly busy and focused I have become recently. To make up for the 13 days without a post, today's post may be my longest post ever. And unfortunately it's about my current business--not about internet marketing or entrepreneurship in general. So if you only read my blog for tips for internet entrepreneurs, you may want to skip this post.
Tomorrow, World Vital Records will begin building its call center under our new manager Scott Spencer. He worked at MyFamily.com (now The Generations Network) from 2003-2006. We are planning to hire 10-15 people in the next few weeks (part time and full time) to do genealogy sales, support and coaching. (If you know someone who might be interested, please use the Contact Me form on my blog, and let me know about them.)
I'm in Washington, DC for the American Library Association Annual Conference & Exhibition. I started an MLS program back in 1990 (Masters of Library Science), but had to drop out because my CD ROM publishing company needed my full attention. But I have the deepest admiration for librarians, particularly reference librarians, who are vastly underrated. They don't know everything, but they know where to find the answers, probably better than any other profession.
A fun and potentially rewarding web site for genealogists is being announced today. GenealogyPays.com features a trivia puzzle that someone will solve for a cash prize of up to $30,000. But in order to solve the puzzle, visitors will need to keep returning to the site to uncover new areas of the puzzle that have been purchased by advertisers. So many genealogists have invested all their spare time and money on family history over the years. Now one of them gets a chance to win it all back!
Today is a very big day for World Vital Records, a company that was started less than a year ago by a talented group that included several former Ancestry.com employees. This is quite likely the biggest day in our 11-month history. At the NGS conference in Richmond, Virginia, the following new partnerships were announced:
We will be holding a press conference in Richmond, Virginia at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Convention at 11 am today (Wednesday, May 16th). If you are attending NGS, and would like to hear these announcements, just make your way to the VIP Suite of the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The VIP Suite is on the 2nd floor above the amphitheater and adjacent to the Ballrooms. For more details, check out the World Vital Records blog.
We got permission the other day to take an 8 minute audio clip from the internet radio show interview that I did last week and share it with our FamilyLink.com audience. Kory Meyerink of Family Roots Radio and I discussed our new social network for family history. They have an archived version of the interview on their web site.
This morning at 3 am I got home from the best family history event I have ever attended. The Who Do You Think You Are / National History Show ran May 5-7th in London. The Society of Genealogists decided to combine their annual Family History Show, sponsored by Findmypast.com, with the National History Show, which turned out to be a very good idea.
Our development team added a new browse feature this week to our genealogy social network FamilyLink.com that lets members browse by country and by city to see the other genealogists around the world. I quickly counted up members in 34 countries. We have 43 in Australia and 40 in the U.K.