In a signal that genealogy is becoming a growing presence in the community, People Finders – the “web’s premier source for finding public records online” has now decided to start focusing on helping people with genealogy searches.
The site, which started off as a criminal record and background checking website for employers has changes its focus over the years to become “the most trusted and reliable website for locating family, friends, classmates, old flames and military buddies – we can help you find anyone, anywhere.”
Now, with the amazing growth in interest in Family History, the site is telling the worldwide media it “has an exciting idea to help people fill in the blanks of their family history. One of the best resources for unearthing their roots is also among the most neglected; people who already have a wealth of knowledge."
A month ago we featured StoryCorps, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving American oral history through the stories of ordinary people.
StoryCorps have recently begun combining some of their stories with short animations. Here is one that is both very beautiful and very sad, about an infantryman in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. We've embedded it here for you to watch.
It’s always heart-warming to see a family reunited after many years apart, so we thought we’d try and find some of the most incredible reunion stories out there. These are our top 3, and we hope you like them as much as we did.
The first-ever "One Family, Many Faces" festival drew throngs of families to the MyHeritage workshop with 50 computers manned by a team of 15 experts.
This overwhelmingly successful experience in interactive multi-generational family history was attended by families of all backgrounds and ages and took place at the Museum of the Jewish People, September 26-28, in Tel Aviv.
A record-breaking 1,500 family trees - adding some 32,000 individuals - were created at the three-day event. That count is now more than 40,000 because families are continuing to build their trees at full speed.
Parents brought babies, toddlers, young children and teens. Aunts and uncles arrived with nieces and nephews.
Grandparents brought their grandchildren so that they could share in the experience. Young children - to whom computers are an ordinary part of life - helped their non-technological grandparents.
Working side-by-side at computers were young couples just starting their lives together and senior couples recording details for their own parents and grandparents.
MyHeritage is all about uniting families, whether it is discovering new relatives or building a family tree together.
We spoke to several families and asked them why they were there:
10 of last week's weirdest, funniest, and most intriguing genealogy tweets.
@megansmolenyak: If you have #Irish roots, pls sign this petition to release the 1926 census: http://bit.ly/abiZdx (and please RT!) #genealogy #Ireland
@charlesemperor: @Charlemagne800 I am awed to be in your presence, my lord ancestor!
@ev0Lxx: And my nose is extremely burnt. *sigh* I have such terrible genes.