31    Jul 20090 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Genealogist and Family Stories Blogger Caroline Pointer

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 photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

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Pointer"Genealogy is not boring or stuffy," says Caroline Pointer, the author of Family Stories, a blog about her our family's stories. She is also in the process of launching a genealogically-related business that centers around making people more aware of genealogy.

Caroline set up her blog to find out more about the online genealogy blogging world and to test the waters before she launched her company. While the blog is for everyone's enjoyment, it is specifically written for those who have never thought, heard or seen the word 'genealogy'. Her trial has turned out rather well, with Caroline making some great blogger connections, while also becoming more comfortable with sharing her family stories online.

Caroline wants to help people start thinking about what their family story actually is. She wants to inspire and motivate people to find their family story and express it.

This is what she told MyHeritage:
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30    Jul 20090 comments

A Learning Journey Through Your Own History

Discovering the world through MyHeritageWe've recently been in touch with several teachers who told us how they use MyHeritage as a tool for learning activities, all related to discovering your own family and the related issues that make up for its identity.

For some people, the idea of building a family tree is an activity that requires lots of patience and energy, as searching for names and dates can be a long process. While this may be true, the positive side of it is learning and enlightening experience when finding out about your ancestors as these names and dates illustrate the lives of men and women in one's family, that are subject to a particular socio-economic context which shaped their lives. And it is when raw data meet the facts of life when the journey to the family history becomes a true educational experience.

We'd like to invite you to put MyHeritage to work as an educational tool. Whether you're a mom, dad or teacher, let us know your ideas and experiences. We would like to support you with material that would help you get kids excited about learning from the family past in a fun and engaging way. You can start by downloading our free Family Tree builder software or setting up a Family Site online.

There is so much to discover in the life of an individual, that we at MyHeritage believe that tracing the roots of our own family is an engaging way to learn about the world, and even have fun doing it.
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28    Jul 20090 comments

La Newbie

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'Newbie' is definitely the tag that would suit me best at the moment. New to MyHeritage.com, to London and to the genealogy community, but eager to learn and very curious, I am the new girl in charge of the french-speaking community! In the past five years I've lived in the Paris rythm, eating baguettes, reading the French sports paper L'Equipe in the metro and getting in touch with my own culture.

It's always a difficult exercise for me to explain my background without sounding confusing, so I'm going to give you a rather chronological description of it. My Mum is Alsacian (french), my Dad is Taiwanese and I was born and grew up in Luxembourg, where I went to a European School - 15 countries, 11 languages, from kindergarten to graduation. By the time I was 17, I was lucky enough to have friends from all over Europe and to speak French, English, Chinese, Spanish and understand German, Dutch, Portuguese and Italian.

Coming from a very multicultural background, I've learnt to make the best of communication systems at a young age. First the telephone, the mobile phone and finally the 'Interweb' as I like to call it, I've developed a particular interest for the tools that have helped me - and still help me - get in touch with my scattered family and friends.
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27    Jul 20090 comments

How to Brighten Up Your Wedding… and Your Family Site

Weddings are happy family occasions, but that they can be groovy too, proves the video below that became an instant hit on YouTube last week. The video shows a wedding party walk down the isle in a rather unusual fashion... to the complete surprise of their families! Swinging to the tune of Chris Brown's Forever, this is a great wedding video that the bride and groom put online to thank their family and friends for making their wedding unforgettable. And now it is also unforgettable to the seven million people that watched the video by now!

And here is the wedding party (literally):

If you are engaged, getting married or have been married recently
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23    Jul 20090 comments

Barack Obama’s History Uncovered

Obama's family history uncoveredIt turns that we at MyHeritage are not the only ones that are interested in Barack Obama's family history. This week president Barack Obama had that history mapped out to him when the leader of the Latter Day Saints Church, a US church known for keeping extensive genealogical records for the public to consult, presented him with five books that contain his family's history.

Thomas S. Monson, president of the church, presented Obama with details of his family's genealogy during their meeting at the White House.

Obama reportedly said that he is looking forward to reading through the materials with his daughter, saying that "It's something our family will treasure for years to come."
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21    Jul 200913 comments

User Story: Mango Stories and Reunions Unite the Medel Family

Tintin Medel is from the Philippines and has a real passion for sharing pictures and stories with her family. In 2008 she discovered MyHeritage as the site to do so and the result is a sizeable tree, a family site that she shares with many family members and plans for a family reunion. This is what she told us:

MyHeritage User Story I've been interested in my family's history for as long as I can remember. My father often tells stories about his childhood days and I have always enjoyed that.

I traced my ancestors back to my great-grandparents through talks with my father's cousins. There are close to 200 names in our tree but is not yet complete. Our tree really grew in January 2009 when I met my father's cousins and their children who live in California. We met at a family wedding of my second cousin and after that they became members and contacted relatives to communicate with me to update the tree.

We use the site in English, mostly and Filipino sometimes since it is the mother tongue for most of us. I really enjoy meeting new relatives even if it is by email and/or text message. My close relatives think creating a MyHeritage website was a great idea. And everyone is excited to share their pictures on it. Most of their pictures are taken during birthday parties when relatives gather, such as the ones published here,
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20    Jul 20090 comments

World’s Oldest Man Passes Away at 113

War veteran and the world's oldest man Henry Allingham, whose remarkable life spanned three centuries and six monarchs - and who saw the sinking of the Titanic, the first Moon landing and the birth of his great-great-great- grandchild, passed away this weekend in his home in Britain at the age of 113.

Allingham FamilyMr. Allingham was only briefly the world's oldest man, after the Japanese Tomoji Tanabe died in June of this year, also at the age of 113. Mr Tanabe was believed to have gotten to an old age on a diet of fish and milk and no alcohol, whereas Allingham had a different approach; once laughingly describing his secret to old age as being "cigarettes, whiskey and wild women."

Mr Allingham was a known figure in Britain, not only because of his age, but because of being one of three surviving British World War I veterans. The two still living veterans are Henry Patch, who is 111, and Claude Choules, 108.
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17    Jul 20093 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Student Genealogist Elyse Doerflinger

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 photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Elyse Doerflinger This time we have a special interviewee for our interview series. Elyse Doerfinger is only 19 years old, but she is already a seasoned genealogist, which makes her a bit of a prodigy in the usually older genealogy scene. Elyse is a member of the Youth Genealogists Society and the Graveyard Rabbit Student society, a student and a blogger. Her blog 'The Graveyard Rabbit Student' is dedicated to everything cemeteries; preservation tips, tips for organizing pictures of headstones, and websites where you can find a picture of your ancestor's headstone. Her other blog 'Elyse's Genealogy blog' provides tips or lessons she's learned while being involved with genealogy, as well as posts about family members and family stories, new websites, products and pictures such as the one displayed here, of her and genealogist Dick Eastman. She recently drew lot of attention to that blog by proposing that older genealogists should embrace technology more.

This is what she told us:

You recently wrote a post saying that genealogical societies should embrace technology more. Why do you think that?

I think it is a great way to not only enhance the research of the members, but it is also a great way to attract new members. It is a great way for genealogical societies to market their events to potential new members and to other genealogical societies. The possibilities are endless and for the most part, free! It would be a waste to ignore the technological resources that are just waiting to be utilized.

You are a member of the Youth Genealogist society- can you tell me a little bit about them?
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15    Jul 20090 comments

Follow Us On Twitter!

MyHeritage on TwitterAt MyHeritage we believe in the power of technology to bring people and families together. We're sure our service can deliver happiness to our users and that is why we reach out to people using every form of communication available. But that's old news.

What's new is that we are using Twitter; well we have been using it for some time! But now that Twitter has become popular, and we're finding it so useful and helpful it made sense to us to invite you to join Twitter, and follow us too.

Twitter is a free online communication tool, the most innovative and the one with the highest rate of growth in comparison to other social media platforms.

You may have heard that Obama (@barackobama) used Twitter in his presidential campaign or that actor Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) wanted to prove that he could get 1 million followers before CNN (@cnnbrk) could (which he did!) or that now even Oprah (@oprah) is using the service.
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13    Jul 20092 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: genealogist Pablo Briand

MyHeritage genealogy blog interview seriesPoliticians, 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 photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

It only takes a photo, a conversation, a story, to awaken the genealogy investigator in us. Pablo Briand knows this from his own experience. He set off to inquire about his own roots with the help of technology and Internet tools, without which he may not have become the genealogist he has been for almost 20 years.

Combining his interest in technology and genealogy, Pablo hosts his project on a blog called "Gen Briand", where he writes and sheds light on genealogy related topics, rather than just providing historical data. He wants to help fellow genealogists bring their records alive and provide information that can let them draw the living context of their ancestors.

He also keeps a website depicting the origins and story of his family, which goes back 500 years.

Pablo is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he has lived in Miami, USA, for the past eight years. He has French roots, which is why his family website is in French, as well as Spanish and English. There's no doubt he's a man with a passion for genealogy. This is what he told us:
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