3    Feb 20110 comments

Video of the Week: ‘The Icing on the Cake’

This week's video is from StoryCorps, an organization we've talked about before who record oral history from around the United States.

In this video they share a conversation between a first-generation immigrant and her daughter. It discusses the difficulties the mother had at first, but also the inspiration she provided to her daughter through overcoming them.

It's a nice short story, with a great animation to accompany it.

The Icing on the Cake from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

2    Feb 20111 comment

Coming to you: Family history experts

The 2011 season of genealogy conferences begins next week with the first RootsTech event in Salt Lake City, Utah.

MyHeritage.com's resident experts have mapped out their speaking stops and conference appearances over the next few months.

Both Daniel Horowitz and Schelly Talalay Dardashti will be speaking at RootsTech. A week later, they - along with UK genealogy advisor Laurence Harris - will speak at the "Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE" family history fair in London.

We're all looking forward to greeting MyHeritage users, and encourage you to drop by the MyHeritage booth to say hello, or attend other events in your community.

For the detailed list of locations and talks by Daniel and Schelly in the US, UK and Canada , click to see this post on the MyHeritage Genealogy Blog.

1    Feb 20111 comment

The Science of…Name Changing

If you’ve hit ‘brick walls’ in family history research you might have noticed it; if you’ve got relatives trying to make a fresh start you might have seen it too. This is, of course, name changing: the process of legally altering your first name, last name, or both, so that your official moniker is something other than what was on your birth certificate.

It’s hard to be precise on this, but it does seem that this practice is becoming increasingly common. Statistics on the topic are hard to find for many countries, but for the UK – where data is available – it looks as though many more people are changing their names than in the past.

For the past few years, name changes via deed poll have increased dramatically in the UK. In 2007, they sat at around 40,000; in 2008, that figure rose to 46,000; in 2009, to 50,000; and in 2010, supposedly, to 90,000.
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