An exciting new project is underway in the Belgian city of Antwerp and you can be part of it!
The Belgian Red Star Line Museum will open its doors in 2012 to tell the story of the many emigrants that left Europe to start a new life in America and is asking people to share their family stories of that journey.
Between 1873 and 1934 the Belgian / US shipping company Red Star Line transported over two million European passengers from Antwerp to America. Poor emigrants in search of the American Dream, but also passengers travelling for business or pleasure left for New York.
The Red Star Line buildings where people gathered before their departure are nowadays protected monuments. Having been empty for a long time, the city of Antwerp purchased them to give them a purpose again.
MyHeritage has just released two new features - a Timeline showing your family's history, and an automatically created beautiful book with key data about your close relatives and lots of photos that we call Timebook.
The genealogy Timeline allows you to view all of your family's history in a single continuum - however far back it goes. It lists the usual facts - births, marriages, and so on - but can show you much more besides. For example, if you have any photos, video files, documents, or special events, those will be viewable from the Timeline. So if you've got wedding videos and photos on your family site, you'll be able to see them in the Timeline. The Timeline also offers different layers of presentation: you can zoom out and see the most salient events in your family's history over the last century; or you can drill down to see the specifics of just one particular decade. This feature was developed together with the startup AllofMe, a team of experts in Timeline systems, and we're extremely glad to be showcasing it on MyHeritage.
|The British Royal Family Timeline|
Genealogist and MyHeritage expert Schelly Talalay Dardashti recently visited Australia for a number of genealogy events, about which you can read in detail on her excellent blog Tracing the Tribe. As part of her adventure down under she also made a zip trip to Sydney where I met her. We organised to go to SAG, the Society of Australian Genealogists, who are based in Sydney and are, incidentally, the oldest society of its kind in Australia.
Carole Riley and Kerry Farmer two members of the organisation's Educational Committee, were so kind as to spare some time to give us a tour of their premises.
This week some of us took a short break from the hustle and bustle of genealogical discovery, and went off to see what's new in the geneasphere. One thing that jumped out at us was the number of genealogists recording videos online. Unheard of just a few years ago, today there are at least a dozen prominent genealogy 'vlog' channels, showing videos on everything from the importance of getting youngsters interested in genealogy to the particular challenges of tracing Afican-Native American family roots. There were too many great channels to list in a single article, but here are a few of our favourites.
I haven't yet finished going over all the material I brought from the Who Do You Think You Are? Live event in London, but wanted to let everyone know about my recent trip. It was really a dream come true in every aspect.
Considered the major genealogy event in Europe, it was important for me to attend the London show - not only as the MyHeritage.com Genealogy and Translation Manager, but also as a genealogist with a great passion for the hit BBC series, now also available in several international versions.
Manning the MyHeritage booth meant I didn't have much time to run around, but I was able to meet many great people. There is an incredible difference between genealogy events in the US and this event. The attendees are different, as the majority of the London visitors are ordinary viewers of the series who have just begun to develop some interest in their family history.
Were you at the show in London the other week? Maybe you are among the winners!
Thanks again to all of you who came by our stand, thousands of people visited our stand, took a CD or signed in for our prize draw. It was great to meet so many genealogists and family history enthusiasts in person. For those of you who didn't make it, you can read more about what happened at the event here.
|The World's Oldest Man, David Pur|
He has smoked for 110 years, buried six of his nine children, accomplished more than a century of Torah studies, and he has 56 great grandchildren. David Pur, at 115 years old, is being visited by an entourage from the Guinness Book of World Records to be verified as the oldest person in the world.
Mr. Pur has lived through much of modern history. Born in 1895 in Iran, what was then Persia, under Mahommad Ali Shah Qajar, he watched the Qajar dynasty crumble with the building tensions of WWI and the subsequent overthrow by coup d'état. Pur's interest in the political minutia of his country led him to become an advisor to the Shah, where he was revered for his mastery of languages including Farsi, Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, French and later Tagalog.
|Eliza and Mabel|
First, I should point out the Simpsons very own Family Tree:
In the 21st season of The Simpsons, Lisa finds out a bit more about her ancestry in the episode The Color Yellow. A family tree class project is inspired by a tree stump that comes crashing into Principal Skinner's Kia sedan, an event Bart exclaims as a 'mykia' moment. Lisa embodies the project as moment to embrace her noble heritage. But, all signs begin to lead another direction as her early foraging reveals only the troubled and derelict nature of her family. Homer, Lisa's father , attempts to dissuade her her vain attempts to find something wholesome in the Simpson tree, exclaiming the family to be nothing but a "long line of horse thieves, deadbeats, horsebeats, dead thieves, and even a few….alllllcccoholics," as he guzzles his beer with fat peacock like panache.
Paddy's day is here! A day to dress in Green, sing folksongs, join the parades, drink a pint of Guiness and... research your Irish roots.
The story behind St Patrick is unknown to many, but goes something like this:
St. Patrick wasn't Irish, he was British. He was, the story has it, born in the year 390 AD to a wealthy Christian family and was used to the privileges of wealth of the time such as villas and slaves.
At 16, Patrick was kidnapped and sent to Ireland where he was to tend sheep as a slave in the cold, mountainous countryside. He was there for seven years.
Lumen S. Crest Contest Winner!
The entries are in and there were many wonderful submissions.
We want to thank you all for submitting your crests and we hope that you enjoyed using our new application. After careful review we would like to award Mr. Lumen Sivitz for his aquatic themed family crest. Lumen will be the recipient of a one year free premium membership to the MyHeritage.com site. Congratulations!