28    Jul 201112 comments

The new MyHeritage UK Community Manager

Since our previous UK Community Manager, Robert, has now flown from the MyHeritage nest, now is probably an excellent time to introduce our new, shiny and eager UK Community Manager, James.

So, I’m James your new UK Community Manager, I am based in London and I’m here to keep you up-to-date with everything happening at MyHeritage.com and to make sure that you feel at home, always.

 I like to think of this blog as your opportunity to interact with us, so if you have any comments, a great family story or would just like to say hello then you can do so in the comments or on our twitter page (@myheritage) or even at facebook.com/myheritage.

I have spent most of the last few years working in Journalism and Marketing, but I also consider myself to be an amateur genealogist. I started researching my family history around 7 years ago using some (very) basic methods. Recently I placed my tree on MyHeritage.com and it quickly grew to 640 people from 400 using Smart Matches™. The next logical step was, of course, to join the team.

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27    Jul 20113 comments

Happy (belated) Aunt and Uncles Day

So it turns out yesterday, July 26th, was Aunt and Uncles Day.

Who knew?

While the origins of the day are difficult to ascertain the sentiment behind it is not.

Research shows us that Aunts and Uncles play a key role in the development of younger relatives but, to be honest, most of us don’t need research to tell us that.

As our parents’ brothers and/or sisters, Aunts and Uncles are those special people who often share many of the good traits of our parents without being constrained by the discipline of parenthood.

End Result? A funner version of our mum or dad!

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25    Jul 20110 comments

The Game That Wrote Three Generations Into History

Uruguayan footballer Diego Forlán helped his family mark a special place in footballing history as he guided Uruguay to victory in the Copa America final on Sunday.

Football or Soccer, is truly the world game.  The governing body, FIFA,  has 208 member nations, 15 more than the United Nations.It is played in every country in the world and there are a wide number of top-class leagues all over the globe.

Yesterday, Uruguay won the Copa America, the South American continental football tournament held every 4 years,  beating out early favorites Brazil and Argentina. Aside from the amazing football that is on display at this tournament, it holds a special place as the world’s oldest continental football championship.

The star of the Uruguayan national side was Diego Forlán, a man who has plied his trade at top European clubs for over a decade. Forlán also won the Golden Ball, the prize given to the most outstanding player of the tournament, at last year’s FIFA World Cup.

Despite this career success, it could be said that the most amazing chapter of his career happened during Sunday’s final.

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22    Jul 20115 comments

Interview with Benicio Sánchez, Genealogist and President of Genealogy of Mexico

This is a rough translation of Entrevista a Benicio Sánchez, Genealogista y Presidente de Genealogía de México written by our Latin American country manager, Javier.

This Friday we have a treat for you -- a special interview with Benicio Sanchez, genealogist and President of Genealogy of Mexico, an organization that studies the family history of not only the Aztec country but also many other places around the world.

My name is Benicio Samuel Sanchez Garcia, genealogist and family historian and the first Molecular Genealogist of Mexico. I was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1963. I am married with two children.

I'm President of The Genealogy of Mexico, which manages two major genealogical sites in Mexico:

- www.Genealogia.org.mx

- www.GenealogiaMolecular.com (in development)

I have worked for most of the State Archives and have contributed to more than one hundred articles and publications, for both national and international institutions.

How did your interest in genealogy start?

You never know you are ill until the infection is already manifesting itself significantly. That's what happened in my case. I read the family bible, in which I found the first dates of my family; later my maternal grandmother, Maria Espino del Castillo Epitacia showed me her photo archive and before I knew it, I was designated to preserve and research our family's genealogy.

Now, like all genealogists: it's a way of life.

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21    Jul 20112 comments

Family Reunions Around the World

Summertime and the living is easy (or so they say). It's hot, the days are long and kids are running amok around town trying to cool down. What better a time then now to get the extended family together?

We've been hearing some great stories of family reunion traditions around the world and have gathered a few here:

Lang family invades Victoria Park for reunion, a 100-person family reunion that brings together members from Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Alberta, Michigan and the Czech Republic.

Annette John-Hall: A reunion brings together five generations of love and history, a beautiful story of a 86-year-old matriarch and her impressive family of 20 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Ann's Choice Hosts Longstreth Family Reunion, a very nice story of the Longstreth reunion, celebrating Warminster and some 35,000 relatives.

Whether it's your first family reunion or 50th -- we want to hear how your family celebrates! Please share your photos and stories on our Facebook page.

Happy Summer!

20    Jul 20110 comments

A Witty Look at Naming Your Child [Video]

Choosing a name for your child is often a difficult task.

Some countries like Germany make the task easier by restricting the names you can give your child by law.

If you’re a celebrity the task may be a little harder than most as many feel compelled to come up with genuinely “unique” names.

In the video below – David Mitchell, a regular contributor to The Guardian - gets on his soapbox about children’s names. It’s a witty look at the process of naming your child with some unusual perspectives on the whole topic.


And if you have any tips for naming your child I'd love to hear about them in the comments to this post.

19    Jul 20114 comments

Code-Enabled Tombstones To Memorialize Family Members?

It's not surprising to see technology reaching the gloomiest of places -- the cemetery, a great source for many genealogists looking to find and confirm family history details such as birth dates, maiden names, and more.

In Adam Ostrow's QR Code on Tombstone Creates Dynamic Memorial we see how barcode technology can be added to tombstones to make interactive, digital memories of family members. Ostrow explains how one man, Yoav Meden decided to include a QR code on his late mother's tombstone, "scanning the QR code leads visitors to a tribute website that Meden has setup and plans to evolve with stories and photos from his mother's life."

This appears to be a great way to use technology to honor a family member. Visitors to the grave can scan the code on the tombstone and add comments, condolences, photos and special memories--providing a lasting memory and interaction over time. Continue reading "Code-Enabled Tombstones To Memorialize Family Members?" »

18    Jul 201117 comments

Spanish Naming Conventions – Part 1: The Basics

With the influence that Spanish culture has had around the world, you may very well have Spanish roots somewhere in your family tree.

For those unfamiliar with Spanish naming conventions, finding and exploring ancestors may be a little confusing.

Today we start with Part 1 of our Spanish Naming Conventions series – The Basics

We’ll progress beyond that in the next few parts of this series but, as with all things, let’s begin at the beginning…

Getting Started

Many of you will notice that Spanish names tend to be longer than in many other cultures. By longer I don’t mean they have more letters, I mean they have more words.

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14    Jul 20111 comment

Happy Bastille Day

Happy Bastille Day!

Today, July 14th, is Bastille Day, the French National Day.

Known as La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July), in France, Bastille Day doesn’t commemorate the storming of the Bastille prison, but the Fête de la Fédération, which was first held in 1790 on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

It’s a small distinction, but an important one.

While the storming of the Bastille was part of the early machinations of the French Revolution, the Fête de la Fédération one year later was seen as the end of that revolution and the commencement of the Constitutional Monarchy.

DID YOU KNOW?: Did you know that the Fête de la Fédération was held on Paris' Champ de Mars, the present-day site of the Eiffel Tower? (see the painting below to see what it looked like back then)

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13    Jul 20110 comments

Video of the Week: Oral History Project

This week's video combines three things we like: preserving oral history, education and technology.

Richland Northeast High School students were instructed to use their iPods to record an oral history, edit the footage in Garage band, and then create a digital story using iMovie.

An excellent way to use digital technology in the classroom!

See one student's oral history project below.

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