19    Dec 20081 comment

The MyHeritage “Christmas Carol Contest” has a Winner

jingle bells, christmas charts, win a video cameraThe MyHeritage team is pleased to announce the winner of our "Jingle along to your family song" Christmas carol contest:
It is John - he will receive a prize of a digital video camera! Watch his Christmas greetings to his family here.

In the past two weeks, we have received many videos. We would like to thank everyone who participated in this - thank you very much for sharing your Christmas spirit with us. And we are sure that your loved ones are really happy to see your special Christmas message to them.

Congratulations to our winner!

16    Dec 20087 comments

Discovering MyHeritage: Creating your family cookbook

Christmas pudding recipes myheritageDid you know that you can share your recipes with the members of your family tree?

A big part of a family's culture is made up by its food tradition, so MyHeritage allows you to keep it alive with a simple function that lets you store, manage and share your recipes.

Click to view photo in full sizeIt can turn into the form of a family cookbook as you can decide whether any or all members of your family tree have access to your recipes so they would also enjoy them.

It's easy and free to use. This is what you have to do:

Step 1: As you're logged into your account, go to the "Activities" tag and then select "Recipes", and select "Add recipe".

Step 2: Start following the presented steps and filling the fields as needed. You can also include an attachment to your recipe.

Step 3: Choose whom do you want to see your recipe. To do this you have to turn off the Default configuration to get access to all the options. When you finish, select "Save" at the bottom of the page.

We hope you enjoy this feature as much as your whole family will enjoy your recipes!

15    Dec 20082 comments

Last chance: Record yourself singing and win a video camera

jingle bells, christmas charts, win a video cameraChristmas is just around the corner, would you like a new digital video camera to record your special family moments? Last chance to join our 'Jingle along to your family song' Christmas carol contest this week: Sing your favorite Christmas song with your personal message for your family and loved ones, and share your Christmas spirit with all of us. The most original and funniest one will win our prize.

More and more people are sending in videos to our contest. We have had some really good entries so far, some serious and some very funny. If you are feeling brave enough then upload a video of yourself singing.

Have a look at our new entry that we think you may like:

It doesn't matter how good you sing, it will anyway be the most beautiful message to your family at Christmas and some fun for your friends!

Best wishes from MyHeritage team!

12    Dec 20085 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: founder of Family Tree DNA Bennett Greenspan

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photo's? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Family Tree DNABennett Greenspan is CEO and President of DNA testing company FamilyTreeDNA. He founded the company in 1999, when he decided to turn his hobby into a business. Last month, MyHeritage started working together with Family Tree DNA to offer you the possibility to uncover your family roots through your DNA. A good occasion to ask Bennett all about his family.

What is on your favorite family photo?

"A Bar Mitzvah party...of the family and it looks unrehearsed for."

What is your favorite holiday and how does your family celebrate it?

"Sukkot... eating outside with the family and friends, telling stories and looking at stars."
Continue reading "The MyHeritage Interview Series: founder of Family Tree DNA Bennett Greenspan" »

11    Dec 20088 comments

More from our Christmas contest – Do YOU want to win the camera?

jingle bells, christmas charts, win a video cameraSo far our Christmas carol contest is running and very promising. We are receiving more videos daily and some are really funny.

For those who aren't familiar with our contest, here is a quick catch-up: MyHeritage "Jingle along to your family song" contest offers you a great opportunity to sing your favorite Christmas song for your family, share your Christmas spirit with your loved ones, and you may win a digital video camera - all you need to do is upload your video here. See our full story click here

Here is our new short-listed one, have a look:

Have you uploaded yours? Christmas is all about your family and your loved ones, they are waiting for your christmas messages...

10    Dec 20080 comments

Your family tree during holiday season

Click to view photo in full sizeThis holiday season the designers at MyHeritage have prepared something special: At least in your virtual family home on myheritage.com you can enjoy "White Christmas". If you go to your family tree now, you should see the background covered in snow like in our celebrity tree of US president-elect Obama and his family here in the picture on the right.

Enjoy the Holiday season, with snow or without ;-)

By the way, you can always switch back to the "normal" family chart or our "classic" view with the buttons on the bottom.

7    Dec 20080 comments

German family traditions in the season of Advent

Being a German, but living with English, French and Canadian flat mates in London I noticed again how different Christmas traditions are - even across Christian countries in the northern hemisphere. At the end of November or early December the "Adventszeit" starts in Germany. Actually the last 4 weeks before Christmas are the beginning of the Western liturgical year and called "Advent" in most Christian churches, but in the UK nobody really uses that word.

It is when you start seeing "Adventskraenze" in the average German family - no matter if they are religious or not. It is a wreath of branches from different fir trees or conifers. They have 4 candles one for each week of Advent. In the first week you can light one candle (like on the picture), in the second week two, then three and form the 4th Sunday in Advent and all the time through christmas you will light all four candles. If you take care you can see the same thing in Anglican churches and some churches in the US.

The other event that is very important to German families is "Nikolaus". It is apparently the origin for the American
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4    Dec 20080 comments

Discovering MyHeritage: Setting the name display in your family tree

Did you know that you can choose the order in which you want the names in your tree to be displayed?

family tree preferences

Many of you have contacted us about how to display names in a different order in the family tree, whether to make appear the surname first and your given name second to name an option.
This feature is critical to the Chinese language for example, in which the order of the names cannot be changed because they would mean something different otherwise.

This function has always been there on MyHeritage, so let's discover it together:

Step 1: Go to your family tree. On the right hand side of the page you will find four symbols: an arrow, a printer, a spanner and a question mark.

family tree menu

Step 2: Click on the scanner, the Preferences menu will pop up. You will find the Display names option at the bottom.

Step 3: Use the drop down bar to select how you want your name to be displayed and then click OK.

All done. Now your family tree will look like you wanted it too!

written by Nan, community manager China

4    Dec 20080 comments

MyHeritage starts jingling

jingle bells, christmas charts, win a video cameraWe've just launched the MyHeritage Christmas contest, but we have already received some entries!

Here is yesterday's entry:

Just to remind you what the contest is all about:

Join MyHeritage's 'Jingle along to your family song' contest by singing a Christmas carol for your family and even the world. The most original and funny performance wins a video camera.

You choose where you record it, how, for who and in what language!
Continue reading "MyHeritage starts jingling" »

4    Dec 20081 comment

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Mom blogger Cecilia Mecca

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photo's? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Cecelia Mecca is a mother of two and a real mom blogger. She runs the Baby Kid blogs, a series of blogs that discusses what baby products to buy, give tips on educational products and resources and answer any questions moms may have on blogging, parenthood and babies. This week she answers MyHeritage's questions.

What is on your favourite family photo?

Click to view photo in full size
My immediate family in front of a sign "Welcome to Caltebelotta" on a trip this summer to Caltabelotta, Sicily, the town where my great-grandparents are from.

What is your favourite holiday and how does your family celebrate it?

Christmas, hands down.
Continue reading "The MyHeritage Interview Series: Mom blogger Cecilia Mecca" »

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