31    Mar 20121 comment

Earth Hour: For future generations

A major international event, Earth Hour is taking place today. It’s organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held annually on the last Saturday in March.

During Earth Hour 2011, more than 5,200 towns and cities in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.

As family history lovers, we also believe that this is an important subject. As we think about our ancestors and try to understand their lives, we know that one day in the future we will become our family’s ancestors.

We should be asking ourselves about future generations.  What kind of planet will they live on? The planet we leave for them tomorrow should concern us today. Continue reading "Earth Hour: For future generations" »

30    Mar 20123 comments

MyHeritage: Meet our new historical content team

We’re delighted to welcome two new executives to MyHeritage: Russ Wilding and Roger Bell.

Roger Bell (left) and Russ Wilding (right)

Roger Bell (left) and Russ Wilding (right)

Russ and Roger are the former founders of Footnote.com, which was acquired by Ancestry.com in 2010. Russ has been appointed Chief Content Officer for MyHeritage and Roger is VP Product.  They will be based in the MyHeritage Utah office. Continue reading "MyHeritage: Meet our new historical content team" »

29    Mar 20122 comments

The missing link: Finding an enumeration district

This post is from Mark Olsen, MyHeritage business development manager and genealogist:

As a genealogist, I’m excited about the release of the 1940 census. Not only will it be online but - better yet - it will be available directly from WorldVitalRecords.com and MyHeritage.com on the very day that NARA releases the census to the public.

It is essential for researchers to know their enumeration districts (EDs) to ensure their early success on April 2nd. The last thing you want to do is call Grandma to help you find the location you should be searching instead of actually spending time in the census images. Continue reading "The missing link: Finding an enumeration district" »

28    Mar 20121 comment

Poll: Multilingual family tree?

People have been migrating around the world much more frequently over the past century or so, as international travel has became much easier (from steamships to rail to jets). All this movement impacts many of us as we now have branches located around the globe. It also means that in many family trees, various languages are represented in those branches.

In line with this, we’d love to hear from you as to how many different languages are spoken in your family tree. We look forward to your answers on our survey below:

Continue reading "Poll: Multilingual family tree?" »

27    Mar 20121 comment

MyHeritage on Pinterest: Family moments, family fun

A picture is worth a thousand words, so who can resist endless photo inspiration? We know we can’t, that’s why we created our new Pinterest profile. It’s our unique, gorgeous space for family lovers everywhere, displaying everything from great DIY ideas, family photo inspiration to celebrity families we love and family reunion tips.

A sneak peek of our Pinterest paradise. Family lovers rejoice!

Continue reading "MyHeritage on Pinterest: Family moments, family fun" »

26    Mar 20122 comments

Taking the 1940 Census [video]

Everyone at MyHeritage is very excited about the release of the 1940 US Federal Census.

We will offer free access to it on our site - read more about it on our blog post.

Meanwhile, view this short historical  footage video from the US National Archives about the taking of the 1940 census. It shares the important civic duty of Americans to respond to the questions: "You cannot know your country, unless your country knows you!".

Did you find this video of interest?  Do you have questions about the 1940 census? Let us know via comments below.

You can find the 1940 Census records at www.myheritage.com/1940census

22    Mar 20125 comments

The 1940 US Census is coming to MyHeritage! Free!

1940 US Census is coming to MyHeritageMillions of people in the USA and around the world are counting the hours until the release of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

At MyHeritage, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re playing our part in this big moment in family history and, as of April 2, we’ll be offering you the census images and a growing searchable name index, completely free of charge.

But the big news doesn’t end there! We’ve decided to go one step further and bring the records directly to you. Continue reading "The 1940 US Census is coming to MyHeritage! Free!" »

22    Mar 20125 comments

Family: The art of grandparenting

Two weeks ago we introduced Elisabeth, our French community manager. Here she shares a post about grandparents.

The earliest memories I have of my grandparents revolve around fun and candy! They picked me up from school, took me on long weekends and invited me to stay with them during the summer. My grandmother taught me to ride a bike and my grandfather told stories so that we’d fall asleep.

These unforgettable family moments are treasured our whole lives. What's better than being pampered by your grandmother, or taking a walk along the beach on Grandpa’s shoulders? Continue reading "Family: The art of grandparenting" »

21    Mar 20120 comments

Johann Sebastian Bach: Happy birthday!

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

This post is from the Dutch MyHeritage Blog,  originally written by Denie Kasan, MyHeritage’s Netherlands community manager.

Today, March 21, marks the birthday of one of the greatest musical composers, Johann Sebastian (J.S.) Bach (1685-1750). His famous works are still taught today to music students across the globe, ensuring that Bach’s music and style lives on.

Perhaps less known is Bach's musical family background and abundant progeny. Within seven generations, the Bach family produced no fewer than 120 musicians and, over two marriages, Bach fathered 20 children!

Born March 21, 1685, in the German town of Eisenach (Thuringia), he was the eighth child of German composer Johann Ambrosius Bach and Elisabeth Lämmerhirt. His musical legacy is attributed to his great-great-grandfather Veit Bach who, according to J.S. Bach’s diary, played the lute. Generation after generation of musicians were born to the Bach family, and many served as royal court musicians. Continue reading "Johann Sebastian Bach: Happy birthday!" »

20    Mar 20122 comments

Spring Cleaning: Finding family treasure

The end of winter can mean only one thing - spring cleaning!

While some consider this a dreaded chore, it inspires my creative side (coming up with creative excuses not to do it)!

Readers who are into this annual exercise might be interested in this article from the Huffington Post about a person who found more than they expected when clearing out the attic.

Earlier this month, a Pennsylvania resident found nearly three dozen Hollywood movie posters - expected to bring $250,000 at a Texas auction.

Continue reading "Spring Cleaning: Finding family treasure" »

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