31    Mar 20150 comments

MyHeritage Selected by Google as Featured Android App!

We’re excited to announce that the MyHeritage mobile app is a featured app on Google Play!

Every week, Google selects a handful of the best new or updated Android applications and features them on Google Play. We're honored that the MyHeritage mobile app for Android was chosen to be featured among the best apps in more than 30 countries this month.

With over 4 million downloads, the MyHeritage mobile app makes it easy to share family moments and discover and preserve your family history on-the-go. Continue reading "MyHeritage Selected by Google as Featured Android App!" »

29    Mar 20150 comments

Contest: Easter memories

Although Easter is celebrated around the world, traditions vary in each country and with each family. These include Easter egg hunts, family meals, religious festivities and more.

To get into the holiday spirit, we’re offering one lucky member the chance to win PremiumPlus and Data subscriptions for one year.

Just email a fun family photo from an Easter celebration or an Easter memory sharing your family traditions or memories to stories@myheritage.com by April 5.

We’ll choose our favorite to win and also share some of the other stories in our blog.

Looking forward to reading your memories!

26    Mar 20150 comments

Live Long and Prosper: Captain Kirk, Spock related!

Last month, we lost the iconic and beloved actor, Leonard Nimoy, who died at age 83. He is most remembered for his iconic role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek.

In honor of his memory, courtesy of Geni.com, we found out that Leonard and his co-star William Shatner are actually related!

Leonard Nimoy is William Shatner's second cousin once removed's wife's first cousin once removed's husband's great niece's husband's fourth cousin's ex-husband.

The connection between Nimoy and Shatner, courtesy of Geni.com. (Click to Enlarge)

Here are some other facts about his life you may have not known: Continue reading "Live Long and Prosper: Captain Kirk, Spock related!" »

20    Mar 20153 comments

Global Family Reunion: Get your tickets now!

The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!

If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.

What? The largest family reunion that will make history

When? June 6, 2015

Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York

Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:

All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.

Hope to see you all there!

17    Mar 20152 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew

With a huge migrant history, millions of people living around the world have Irish roots. Holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day often spur an interest in family heritage and learning more about those ancestors.

In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry, more than eight times the population of Ireland! Millions in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also have Irish roots, and there are significant Irish diaspora communities in Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean!

In the past, we’ve provided tips for getting started in Irish family history research. This St. Patrick’s Day, we share some fun facts about the day. Enjoy! Continue reading "St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew" »

15    Mar 20150 comments

Mothering Sunday: Honoring our mothers

Happy Mother's Day to our UK members!

Mother's Day, no matter when and how it is celebrated, is a time to honor and remember the important women in our family and all they've done for us.

The origins of the modern Mother's Day comes from the U.S., but the British date is believed to be associated with Mothering Sunday. During the 16th century, it became practice to visit "the mother church" on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally,  it was also a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants, were given a day off to visit their mother and family. Continue reading "Mothering Sunday: Honoring our mothers" »

13    Mar 20151 comment

Family Tree: Who works on yours?

Building a family tree is an activity which the whole family can enjoy together.

Children can ask questions to learn about their heritage, relatives can share stories and photos, while everyone can collaborate in adding information to the family tree.

With smartphones, it’s even easier to work on your family history anywhere. The MyHeritage mobile app allows you to edit, share and search for records on-the-go. It’s a great tool for adding new details to your tree whenever you are visiting family.

Using Family Tree Builder or an online family site, family members can edit information and be part of building their family tree. Those who assist in this way are called site managers. You can always add more site managers to help manage your tree and share in building your family's heritage.

Some people choose to work on their family tree alone, but this doesn’t mean you can’t share your hard work with the rest of the family! Easily invite all your relatives to become members of your family site on MyHeritage and share family memories, photos and ancestors’ stories.

Which family members are involved in building your family tree? Do you choose to work on your tree alone? Let us know in the poll below.

11    Mar 20150 comments

MyHeritage in 40 languages: Volunteer profile

MyHeritage is dedicated to helping families around the world discover their histories. This is made possible by a team of engaged volunteers who help translate our tools and features into 40 languages.

We will be sharing some of their own stories and family discoveries so you can get to know these amazing people who make MyHeritage tools and features available in your native languages.

In the first of a series of posts on our volunteers, we'd  like to introduce one of our Spanish-speaking volunteers, Antonio Perez.

Family stories often start with a journey. For Antonio Perez, 73, this began when he moved in his 20s from his native Cuba to Spain. Continue reading "MyHeritage in 40 languages: Volunteer profile" »

8    Mar 20152 comments

International Women’s Day: Celebrating our female ancestors

How much do you know about the women who made you who are today?

Today is International Women’s Day - celebrating all women, past and present, for their economic, social and political achievements.

We all have heroines in our own family. They are our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and cousins. They are the women who survived all life's challenges against all odds to provide for the family or the role models who showed us that family and hard work go hand in hand.

Each one has a powerful story, courageous personality and provides us with inspiration to follow in their footsteps. Today we honor them for just being the great women they are. Continue reading "International Women’s Day: Celebrating our female ancestors" »

5    Mar 20154 comments

Family History Journey: Visiting Ancestral Towns

My paternal great-grandmother’s line has a long history as founders of the town where she was born. Her parents were born there, my grandmother was born there, and my father grew up in the same place, before emigrating to the U.S.

My grandmother, who still lives there, lives minutes away from the house where she grew up. Each time we visit her, it’s like going back in time to see the places where she spent her childhood as we relive my ancestors’ history. Continue reading "Family History Journey: Visiting Ancestral Towns" »

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