29    Sep 20102 comments

What do the Top 25 First Names on Twitter Tell Us?

Earlier this month we ran a story about the Top 10 surnames on Twitter.

What I forgot to mention in that story was that it was a blog post I’d read not long ago about Australian Twitter user (first) names that got me first thinking of Twitter as a tool for family research.

In that blog post the team from Tribalytic compared the frequency of twitter user first names (from the 220,000-odd accounts they track) to the most popular baby names in Australia over various decades

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27    Sep 20103 comments

User Story: How Smart Matches helped Andrzej discover new relatives and new friends

(This is a translation. The original Polish version can be found here.)

Today we would like to present a story about Andrzej Pfeiffer one of our polish users and how the MyHeritage Smart Matches feature helped his family history research. Andrzej started his family's genealogy a few years ago and tells his story below.

I was very happy when "Smart Matches" was launched, but in the beginning I did not realize how much time I would spend working with this feature.

In my tree there are more than 1,400 people and it is not surprising that the program informed me of more than 800 matches. I have reviewed all of them, which of course does not mean the end, because the program is adding new matches every time I change some info in my tree. By the way, I learned that there are a lot of people that have more than one tree at MyHeritage, and ... I do not know why?

Andrzej with his wife Barbara

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24    Sep 20104 comments

Names: How do you say that?

Is your family name unusual?

Do people have trouble saying or spelling it? 

If so, you might enjoy this post that appeared earlier this month in the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog.

They look at your name, stammer, and ask "how do you say that?" What do you do? 

Do you patiently spell it several times? Will you, as I often do, spell it out as in "D as in David, A as in Apple, R as in Robert".........

Do you break the name down into syllables for the other person? Do you give up and say, "Call me by my first name!"

People look at DARDASHTI and their eyes glaze over. "Is that two Ds and two As?" asks the person on the phone or in a store. I usually break it into three syllables: Dar-dash-ti. For TALALAY, strangers usually put the accent on the wrong syllable, and say Tah-LAY-lee, instead of TAH-lah-lie. To confuse matters, one family branch uses TALALAY in English, but pronounces it Tah-la-lay.

Click here to read the complete post by genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti at the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog.

23    Sep 20101 comment

The Geneatweets: 23/09/2010

10 of the week's weirdest, funniest, and most intriguing genealogy tweets.



"My family history is more turbulent than most." @MariahCarey (@AllAboutMariah)

Heritage Day. To honour my ancestry, I dressed as a banker-slash-accountant. It’s less scary than a woad-daubed Celtic warrior princess (@caryljr)


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22    Sep 20103 comments

Family Day – Public Holidays around the World that Celebrate the Family

I recently found out that there are a bunch of progressive Governments that have recognised the importance of family ties by declaring “Family Day” public holidays.

These Family Days take place in countries all over the world and are generally created to recognise the important role that family plays in modern society.

Below are some examples of Family Day public holidays that I've discovered:

If you’re in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the capital of Australia, you get a public holiday on the 1st Monday of the September/October school holidays. The good news if you’re reading this from the ACT is that you get next Monday off work! Though you probably already knew that… Continue reading "Family Day – Public Holidays around the World that Celebrate the Family" »

21    Sep 20101 comment

How TV is Helping to Introduce More and More People To Genealogy

I've been noticing lately that TV shows and their producers are starting to tap into the growing interest in family history to promote their programs.

Of course there are shows like Who Do You Think You Are?, which are specifically about family history research.

There are, however, more subtle signs that genealogy is moving into the mainstream consciousness. Continue reading "How TV is Helping to Introduce More and More People To Genealogy" »

20    Sep 20100 comments

Diaries: A family history source

The MyHeritage Genealogy Blog features detailed posts on resources and developments, such as this one on diaries and journals.

Take it from a writer: The more you write, the easier it becomes. Why not keep a journal or diary?

Journals and diaries are excellent resources for family history research.

Don't you wish your ancestors had recorded their daily lives and thoughts in a format that has come down to you as a treasured keepsake through the centuries?

I know someone whose ancestor left a journal written several hundred years ago. The writer describes the family's everyday life in difficult new surroundings, how they celebrated holidays, the writer's wishes for her descendants far in the future and much more. It is as if the writer knew it would be treasured and passed down through the generations, as it has been. It is a priceless heirloom.

Put yourself in the shoes of a great-grandchild who finds your journal. What do you think will interest him or her? What is happening in your life now that you want future generations to know about? Do you want to include advice for future generations?

To read the complete post by genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti, click here.  For another post on a similar topic, view "Writing Lives, Marking Memories."

To view the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog, click here.

17    Sep 20101 comment

Amazing Family Tree Designs

While MyHeritage is focused on giving as many people as possible simple, yet powerful, ways to record their family history, I think it’s safe to say that we couldn’t possibly come up with individual designs for all 15 Million family trees that make up the MyHeritage community.

For those who want something a little more unique, there are now a range of companies that provide wonderfully creative family tree art to help you show-off your hard work to any family or friends that pay you a visit.

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16    Sep 20102 comments

The Geneatweets: 16/09/2010

10 of the week's weirdest, funniest, and most intriguing genealogy tweets.



"The ancestor of every action is a thought." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (@TimeForTheBest)

I see dead people. Then I put them in my genealogy (or those of clients). (@poemblaze1)

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15    Sep 20100 comments

What do the Top 10 Twitter Surnames in Australia tell us?

We recently ran a blog post, here on the MyHeritage Blog, about the top ten Australian surnames.

That blogpost got me thinking - would those top ten surnames be the same if we revisited the list in 10 years?

The question kept bothering me so I decided to see if I could answer it. Rather than do the same old research, though, I thought I'd do something a little more fun (and interesting) and see what the top ten Australian surnames on Twitter were.

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