In these unsure economic times we know families across the globe are feeling the pinch. With wallets being tightened and less money being spent it seems all of us are affected in some way, shape or form. But we're wondering how exactly is the current economic climate affecting our readers? After all, we're interested in the factors that bring families together and conversely what keeps them apart. With whether or not you have a job being one of the factors than can dictate whether you family gets by, we're wondering: Has the economic crisis caused you to have to move to get a job elsewhere?
In this part II of the poll series we would like to find out whether these economic times have forced you or your partner to part with your family for job reasons or whether your family has been lucky to be able to remain together. So vote below and let us know!
For all those of you who are looking to start using the MyHeritage.com Family Tree Builder, or those that are already enjoying the Family Tree Builder, our user guide has been updated so it's even more easy to use and covers even more topics.
So if you download it through your Family Tree Builder you'll find 300 pages of explanations of all the features, tips and lots of images. Whether you are looking to find a step by step guide of the Family Tree Builder menu, or wondering how to edit information of family members in your tree or how to publish it online for other family members to see, it will be in the guide.
Here is what you can find in the new guide:
- An introduction to the Family Tree Builder, an explanation of the terms used in it and guidelines for doing your research with it.
- An overview and tour of the various options of the Family Tree Builder's interface, explaining in detail what they are and how to use them.
- Suggestions on how to get started with the Family Tree Builder, with explanations on how to download and launch the program and start adding your family to it.
- A description of how to make the most of your media, such as pictures,
documents and video/audio files, detailing how to add pictures to profiles in your tree and how to mark and organize media files
- Insights into the Smart Match options and Smart Research,
Well, this is something you may want to have a look at. Didn't think photographs, family trees and relatives would ever have something to do with art? Think again!
Bobby Neel Adams, a sensitive photographer residing in New York, has focused much of his work on the transformation of the human body by ageing and life's circumstances. Among other projects, he features one called FamilyTree, which is a series of portraits of immediate family members sized into one, allowing viewers to discover how they resemble each other.
Have a look at his projects, the findings are stunning. All of us are using family trees, pictures... comparing, searching... and here's someone who took the artistic path to express visually an important part of the genealogical process; we think it's a very interesting piece of work.
And because we understand it's about finding similarities, you can always use our own face recognition technology that helps you organize your family photos or allows you to have some fun playing with our look-alike widgets. It's not art, but it works.
It's almost the end of the summer, people are starting to migrate back to their homes, back to their jobs, schools, desks and computers. Thankfully, they come back filled with sunny happy memories of holidays spent with family and loved ones. Today the magic procured by the long wait for holiday pictures to be developed and sent around to family has been replaced by a more instant type of magic - the digital upload one. Within the few hours people get back home they can now upload all their holiday pictures and videos, all these pretty souvenirs, and share them online with their families! Nowadays, family albums get a second life, hopefully a longer one too, a life where negatives don't get mixed up and family albums don't get lost when moving house!
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!
How far can the maternal instinct go? Susana Galeano Jordan knows that it goes a long way, dedicating her whole life to children.
A professional graphic designer from Mexico, she's also a Montessori guide and has been a children's caretaker since she was 12 years old. Her love for children is related to her position in the family. She's the youngest of many brothers, whom started to have kids when she was still very young. She learnt how to take care of them and to teach them.
Later, with kids of her own, she ended up working as a Montessori guide at her daughters' school, teaching, among other, computer lessons to disabled children.
Through that experience she got interested in working with children and to help their parents in the process of bringing them up. That's how she started her own blog, "kuttykids", focused on education related issues. It's her way to express her disposition and passion to help parents educate their children.
In these unsure economic times we know families across the globe are feeling the pinch. With wallets being tightened and less money being spent it seems all of us are affected in some way, shape or form. But we're wondering how exactly is the current economic climate affecting our readers? After all, we're interested in the factors that bring families together and conversely what keeps them apart. With finances being one such factor, we're wondering:
Are financial constraints weighing down on your family life or is your family turning the crisis into a positive thing?
Are you spending more time away from home to meet your family's financial demands? Or are you staying home playing games instead of going out and spending money?
In part 1 of this Poll Series we'd like to find out if the current economic climate is directly impacting your family financially. Vote below and let us and others know!
In addition to voting in our poll, you can also leave a comment telling us in a bit more detail how the current climate is affecting your or your family's buying decisions and spending habits, or even write about it on your blog, and link back to our post, if there's more you'd like to share with us.
We look forward to reading everything you have to share with us, and can't wait to continue this conversation further over the coming weeks.
Family Tree Builder 4.0 Launched: Adds Maps for Visualizing the Life Journeys of Your Relatives, and Family Chat
The brand new version of our Family Tree Builder software is available now on our new download page. Version 4.0 brings significant innovations and improvements, including these highlights:
- Maps: Stunning geographic displays of where your family came from or lives today
- Photo albums: The best way to organize media files of the whole family
- Slideshow and screen saver: Showcase your photo collections
- Family Toolbar: Features Family Chat and gives direct access to your family sites
By the way: You can safely install version 4.0 on top of your current version of Family Tree Builder - be it 1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 - all your data will be maintained and available you'll be able to see your family's footprints across the globe.
If you're not using Family Tree Builder yet or are using some other product, the new version 4.0 is an excellent start and you can take any existing family tree that you have in the GEDCOM format, move it over and get started quickly.
As a company with global reach we are committed to engaging with different people and communities in their own way and language. That's why we have a team of people from different parts of the world who help us do that. We call them Community Managers.
At the moment we are looking for a new Community Manager for the US to join our London team for an internship.
We offer a friendly, informal and creative environment and a role with lots of opportunities.
Interested? Have a look at the role's full description and how to apply.
Spread the word! Tell your sons, grandsons, cousins, brothers; anyone you know with marketing or business studies. And tell them to hurry up; First interviews will take place on August 14th and August 17th .
You know those balloons that appear, if you hover over names? They look like a speech bubble and give you the key info about the person they are talking about. We've recently added them to our events as well - on the home page and the event section - so without a single click you'll know what's going on. But that's just the most visual way in which the new event features have started talking.
Building upon our recent refurbishment of the main event section we have made your family events more interactive:
Your MyHeritage calendar can now talk to Outlook
Clicking on any event name in the balloon or elsewhere will take you to the new event details page. With the new "Add to Outlook" link you can export the event from your family calendar and import it to your Microsoft Outlook schedule. Nice to have some friendly family events between all the business stuff isn't it?
I'm French and in France people like to go for lunch for hours! Eating is more of a social gathering rather than the mere need to feed your body. Thus, moving to the UK and seeing that most people in the office come in with their sandwiches and munch them alone in front of their screens was somewhat of a depressing discovery. After a few discussions with the My Heritage team we agreed that it would indeed be nice to take a break at lunchtime and open up to one another. It was decided we'd attend a restaurant called The Breakfast Club which happens to be inspired by the late 80's teen movie of the same name. As soon as we sat down, the place made us share childhood memories, tastes in film and music and I guess, we started to get to know each other better...