31    Dec 20110 comments

New Year: Traditions around the world

In most cultures, the New Year is traditionally the time for hope. We look forward to a New Year which will be prosperous, that we will enjoy health, peace and other positive attributes.

And, of course, there are countries where the New Year is not celebrated on January 1, but in spring or fall.

Regardless of where or when, let’s look at some customs surrounding the New Year.

Auld Lang Syne – written by Scottish poet Robert Burns - is the New Year’s Eve song In English-speaking countries. Read the history of the song here.

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31    Dec 201110 comments

MyHeritage Mobile App: 100,000 installs and counting!

The recently released MyHeritage mobile app is being embraced at an amazing pace, as people all over the world install it onto their iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

This holiday season, many families worldwide sat around the fireplace or at the dinner table and enjoyed exploring their family history using the new app - and it warms our heart.

Since the app was released on December 15, it has already been downloaded more than 100,000 times and been featured on a number of top-downloaded and best-app lists across the world.

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Happy New Year! in MyHeritage’s 38 languages

The New Year is nearly here! MyHeritage is now fully available in 38 languages, so we thought it would be nice to wish all of you - from whichever corner of the globe you hail from - a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. So here we go...

30    Dec 20110 comments

New Year’s Eve: How do you celebrate?

It's that time again.

Just as we've finished with the excesses of a very recent celebration, it's on to celebrate a night which represents a new start - and promise for the New Year- or at least that's what we're meant to say.

Let us know below about your plans with family for New Year's Eve. We'd also love to hear some comments from those who aren't thrilled by the holiday!


29    Dec 20114 comments

Genealogy Conferences: Why I like them!

In 2011, I was happy to attend  many genealogy conferences.

WDYTYA Live Genealogy Conference

WDYTYA Live! Family History Fair (London, UK)

These events included the annual events of the National Genealogical Society (Charleston, South Carolina), Southern California Genealogical Jamboree (Burbank, California), IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Conference (Washington, DC) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (Springfield, Illinois).

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28    Dec 20114 comments

Resolutions: Yes or No?

It’s almost New Year's Eve 2012. Do you know where your resolutions are?

Will it help us - as family historians and genealogists - if we make these lists?

The answer is yes, according to a Wake Forest University study, in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,by Assistant Professor E.J. Masicampo, who found that committing to a plan to accomplish a goal makes it more likely to be achieved, and allows you to think about other things.

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27    Dec 20110 comments

Genealogy News: North America, 27 December 2011

For the last-of-2011 edition of the North American Genealogy News, here are some interesting items.

Included are the US Securities Exchange Commission’s definition of a family member (who would have thought the SEC was interested in family history?), the 2011 list of the 100 most popular boys’ and girls’ names, a Canadian “living” village, changes to the Social Security Death Index and more.

Defining the family

For those who think that governments are not interested in genealogy, note that the US Securities Exchange Commission has now defined family members, in connection with a new rule requiring hedge funds to register with the SEC if they manage other people’s money.

Read the definition here:

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26    Dec 20110 comments

Photos: Awkward family festivities

When families gather for the holidays, there are certain inevitabilities - the board games, over-indulgence and, for many, watching distinguished family members snoozing away in the middle of the day.

And then there are the photos.

Getting the whole family into the same frame is often a source of hilarity. Occasionally, we manage to get that special photo but, more often than not, it's a compromise.

Below are some great awkward festive family photos from - you guessed it - awkwardfamilyphotos.com.

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23    Dec 20110 comments

Warmth, Joy: Our family holiday traditions

Holiday scenes are engraved, from early childhood, in our memories and in our hearts. Each of us, regardless of what holiday we celebrate, carries these indelible memories.

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22    Dec 201122 comments

New Release: Family Tree Builder 6.0

Today we’re pleased to announce the release of a new version of our popular free genealogy software program, Family Tree Builder.

New features of Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Family Tree Builder is the software that millions of users around the world rely on for building their family trees and bringing them to life with photos and additional content. Version 6.0 - released today - is packed with new features and improvements, and we've been working hard to make the new version a joy for family history lovers. You can download the new version for free right now.

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