16    Nov 20112 comments

News from MyHeritage Australia – 16 November 2011

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.

She is also a MyHeritage member.

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Genealogists for Families

The Genealogists for Families project established by Brisbane genealogist Judy Webster in October, is big news in Australian genealogy circles.

Since first gaining popularity in Australia, genealogists from around the world have joined the project and are helping to further publicise it.

What’s it all about? In a nutshell, a team of genealogists and their families have joined together to help families in low-income areas. The project slogan is We care about families (past, present and future).

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15    Nov 20113 comments

Royalty: HRH Prince Charles at 63

A young Prince Charles at Balmoral Castle

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was born in Buckingham Palace 63 years ago yesterday. Around the Commonwealth and beyond, the world sent its best wishes.

The current heir to the throne, HRH Prince Charles has often been subject to the prying eyes of the media amid controversy.

He remains a stalwart symbol of the British Monarchy- an institution that thrives today - despite aggressive modern attitudes.

Messages from around the world flooded in on the British Monarchy’s social networking platforms (yes, you heard me) while HRH Prince Charles enjoyed a Military salute by Scottish soldiers at Edinburgh Castle.

Take a look at the comprehensive British Royal Family Tree below on MyHeritage.com. Click Here to view.

A portion of the British Royal Family's tree on MyHeritage.com

14    Nov 20110 comments

New Zealand: National Library’s Digital Archives Project

As our readers know, one of my favorite blogs is The Signal, the digital preservation blog of the US Library of Congress.

A recent post, written by Mike Ashenfelder, spotlighted the National Library of New Zealand (NLNZ) and how it is making its digital cultural collections available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Over recent years , the NLNZ has moved towards aggregating its online collections and high-tech resources under an initiative called the National Digital Heritage Archive. On the front end, the NDHA built their own web tools and designed clean interfaces to make the user’s experience easy. And on the back end they partnered with Ex Libris and Sun (now part of Oracle) to develop an OAIS compliant repository.

One of the ways they've done this is through mandated legal deposit. This means that publishers are required to submit their publications to the library.

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13    Nov 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America – 13 November 2011

This week’s edition includes an archaeological find, more on a new book, NARA’s citizen archivist dashboard,  Canada’s Veterans’ Week, a Canadian newspaper digitization project, new FamilySearch records and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s new website.

Follow the links for each item to find more information and read the complete articles.

VETERANS’ DAY

-- In the US, Veterans Day was observed on November 11, and there is a MyHeritage Blog post devoted to this important day.

-- In Canada, Veterans’ Week was observed November 5-11.  For full coverage of this remembrance week, see the Genealogy Canada blog, authored by Elizabeth LaPointe. She has done a masterful job of spotlighting organizations, institutions and websites connected to veterans in a series of posts. If you have Canadian family that served, her resources may assist you to find information.

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11    Nov 20110 comments

Veterans Day: Honoring those who served

Poster for Veterans Day 2011

In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the parties – the Allies and Germany - in World War I, known as the “Great War.”

In the US, the first Armistice Day was declared in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson:

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

In 1938, November 11 became a legal federal holiday in the US. After World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day and the holiday was dedicated to American veterans of all wars. The holiday focuses attention on the celebration that honors veterans of America for their patriotism and willingness to serve.

Today, there are more than 24 million Veterans who have served in the US Armed Forces. Most families have a relative, friend or neighbor who served or still serves.

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11    Nov 201117 comments

Guess the Young Celebrity

Seeing as we're fast approaching the end of the week, we thought that a small contest wouldn't go amiss on the blog!

And what a perfect opportunity to bring back a MyHeritage blog classic: Guess the Young Celebrity.

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9    Nov 20111 comment

Video: Beginner’s guide to family history documents

There are plenty of videos lurking around the internet that claim to give you a crash course in using documents for genealogical purposes.

Today's video simply and succinctly shows how resources such as birth, marriage and death certificates and medical records can help trace your family history. It's a great stepping stone for new amateurs who would like to get "hands-on" at the nearest opportunity.

Enjoy!

8    Nov 20110 comments

Thanksgiving Special: What’s on your table?

Thanksgiving Day is only a few weeks away and Americans are planning how to celebrate this important family holiday.

MyHeritage is also preparing holiday-related posts - and some surprises - so stay tuned during November.

A national holiday, Thanksgiving is observed in the United States - and worldwide wherever North American expats reside - on the fourth Thursday of November.

Every immigrant group to the US has also adopted the special day, which crosses all ethnic and religious lines.

"Turkey day" is a universal and delicious event, while the four-day holiday weekend also features football (not soccer!) games, major shopping days and great sales.

Thanksgiving Day's centerpiece is the lovingly-prepared feast on our tables, which we share with family and friends. People begin to plan holiday menus very early. Therefore, we  invite the MyHeritage community to participate in our poll below:


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7    Nov 20110 comments

MyHeritage: Creating trees at family history fair

The first-ever World Festival showcasing diverse Jewish communities around the world and their unique traditions took place in the Mediterranean seaside resort city of Netanya – often called the Israeli Riviera.

Thousands of families flocked to the three-day festival from Sunday-Tuesday, 16-18 October. The timing was significant as it took place during Sukkot – the Feast of Booths – and a holiday of festivals took place throughout the country.

The festival especially attracted young families looking for a free, fun outing during the national holiday. More than 20 countries - including Canada, Ethiopia, Slovakia, Peru, Ukraine, South Africa, France, United States, Bulgaria, Argentina and Finland, among others - hosted traditional booths and displayed a hands-on approach to their individual ways of celebrating .The holiday features the common tradition of living in temporary structures during the week-long harvest holiday.

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6    Nov 20111 comment

Video: Family Tree Making with the Kids.

Ask any genealogist about the demographics of the pursuit and they'll tell you one thing: there aren't enough young people getting involved.

The answer to this is to instil the "genealogy bug" at a very young age. It needn't be anything extravagant- just something to make your children think past the two immediate generations of your family.

Today's video is an example of how you can encourage interest in genealogy by building a visual family tree. It's great for Kinesthetic learners, which should apply to the majority of children below five.

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