It's that time of year... The summer is coming to an end and we're savouring every last little bit of fun we can. At MyHeritage, we decided to get all our families together and enjoy a fun day!
There was plenty going on for families and children alike and we revelled in the last glimmers of sunshine. We enjoyed a relaxing and fun day together with our families. We'd like to share - with our loyal blog readers - the many pictures we took. At MyHeritage, we really are a big family.
Running from 10 am until 4pm this Saturday, we intend to meet with as many people as possible and demonstrate a range of MyHeritage products. For those who are considering moving from a free MyHeritage.com family site to a Premium or PremiumPlus account, we will be offering 20% discount coupons throughout the day!
Laurence Harris, Head of MyHeritage Genealogy (UK) is giving one of three talks at the fair alongside celebrated genealogist Nick Barratt and Dr William Roulston, an expert in Irish Ancestry. Laurence’s talk is entitled ‘Collaborative Genealogy, Family Networks & Smart Research’ and promises to give an excellent overview of how genealogists can work collaboratively using computational techniques, worth watching if you want to revolutionise your research techniques - Laurence will be speaking at 2.45 pm.
The event promises to be very busy and will house over 40 exhibitors. The Venue (Tyne Suite, Newcastle Central Premier Inn) is in the City Centre and has excellent transport links, so there really is no excuse. See you there!
Sara, our Scandinavian Community Manager, recently returned from a very successful Swedish genealogy conference in Norrköping and we’d like to share her experience with you...
Among meeting with many big names in Swedish genealogical circles, Sara met with Thomas Furth, Chairman of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Sweden and exchanged many ideas. She also met with Jojje Lintrup, genealogist at the Swedish Genealogical Association.
The Association is currently working on a very interesting project called Genealogy of immigrants, which works to (among other initiatives) get Swedes with foreign roots involved in their ancestry so they can pass the knowledge down. Jojje is both an experienced and knowledgeable genealogist and works as a project manager for the Swedish Federation of Genealogy Wiki Roots.
This is a guest post by Shauna Hicks.
Shauna is a professional genealogist, former archivist and librarian who has been researching her own family history since 1977.
This month is a big one for genealogy events. Last week in Victoria was the Unlock the Past history and genealogy expo at Geelong with over 70 exhibitors and 36 presentations. MyHeritage had a special presence with inserts in every show bag and they were joined by a large number of the leading genealogy and family history associations from Victoria and Australia who exhibited over the two days. I've posted a wrap up of the event over on my blog for those who weren't able to attend.
For New South Wales genealogists, there is the annual conference of the NSW & ACT Association of Family History Societies, 16-18 September in Inverell. There is a great program of talks and exhibitors but unfortunately I can’t make it this year. I just hope someone blogs it!
In late August, our community once again begins to buzz with activity as people return to their daily lives. The program year begins in September for many genealogy societies.
This week has produced event announcements ranging from society meetings, anniversary programs, the start of classes, new tools and databases and more.
Read on for some of the announcements - we couldn't fit everything into this column!
How you can learn more:
-- Google for genealogy and family history events in your own town or city.
-- Join your local family history society.
-- Sign up for a family history class.
Springfield, Illinois is known as Abraham Lincoln's hometown and offers many research repositories for those interested in Lincoln and American history.
The MyHeritage genealogy team is heading this week to Springfield for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 35th annual conference, in conjunction with the Illinois Genealogical Society (IGS), September 7-10. This year's theme is "Pathways to the Heartland."
Chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti will be staffing booth #107 in the exhibit hall. MyHeritage is one of more than 75 exhibitors in the 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
Daniel and I are looking forward to greeting MyHeritage users, so please come by to say hello. For those conference attendees who are not yet MyHeritage users, we'll be running our GEDCOM challenge again. Bring your family tree GEDCOM on a flash drive and we will find you long lost relatives with our exclusive Smart Matches technology!
We will also offer great extra discounts for Premium or PremiumPlus - new subscriptions or renewals - when payment is made at the MyHeritage booth #107.
More than 150 presentations (see the program here) will be offered; Daniel will speak on "Enhanced Smart Matches: Social networking to facilitate collaboration between families," on Saturday, September 10, at 11am, in room B1.
The 2011 New Zealand Family History Fair was last week and MyHeritage was there to share in the experience with the New Zealand genealogy community.
Held in picturesque Hamilton - just over one hour's drive south of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland - this year’s event was even larger than last year's with some 3,000 people coming through the doors over two days.
The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.
We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.
Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......