19    Mar 20124 comments

The MyHeritage Family: Our annual party through the years [pictures]

The MyHeritage team - like any family - loves to get together and our annual costume party is one of our favorite events. Every year, we have lots of fun and the costumes are always impressive. Checking the photos from previous years, we realized how fast we've grown and how big the MyHeritage family has become.

MyHeritage Annual Party 2007

Over the last few years, MyHeritage has grown from one man to an international company with many employees around the world, and we feel like one big family. Continue reading "The MyHeritage Family: Our annual party through the years [pictures]" »

15    Mar 201220 comments

Beautiful Printed Family Calendars Created in One Click!

There are so many birthdays, anniversaries and other family events, it's hard to keep track. That's why we've created the new, personalized printed family calendars. In just one click events and photos from your MyHeritage family site will be automatically placed and organized into a beautiful family calendar, that you can receive straight to your home. Multiple copies can be ordered and delivered worldwide, so no loved family member will be left without one.

Hang on the wall at home or keep on your desk at work, this convenient planner has everybody's photo right next to their name. It looks as good as the calendar that your aunt slaved for weeks to prepare, and nobody will know your little secret, that you got it made in just a few clicks! So how do we make this magic happen?

MyHeritage Printed Family Calendars (click to zoom)

MyHeritage Printed Family Calendars (click to zoom)

Creating your family calendar is quick, simple and fun and only takes a few seconds. To make it a breeze, our technology automatically matches photos and events to the appropriate dates . The calendar is created automatically for you, but it's also simple for those who want to customize it: you can select from diverse graphical styles, pick the language and the start month, change any photos, add events and choose which national or religious holidays to include.

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14    Mar 20126 comments

Poll: How many surnames on your tree?

Surnames (or family names) are a meaningful inheritance bequeathed to us by our ancestors. Our family trees are a rich melting pot of family names covering diverse cultures and ethnicities.

Have you ever counted how many different surnames are on your tree? We invite you to answer the following poll:

13    Mar 20125 comments

What’s in a Name: Nicknames and genealogy

How often have you found a letter or reference to a family member with a name you don’t recognize?

We often call loved ones with variants of their names, commonly known as “nicknames’.” There are certain names usually shortened (James – Jim, Sally – Sal) but often, especially within families and groups of friends, nicknames are terms of endearment (hopefully!).

Have you come across a nickname in your family history research? What should you do and how should you record it? Continue reading "What’s in a Name: Nicknames and genealogy" »

8    Mar 201212 comments

International Women’s Day: Your stories

Martha Florence Sutter’s “Resistance Fighter” Identity Card, c1940

Martha Florence Sutter’s “Resistance Fighter” Identity Card, c1940

We’ve had a terrific response to our “International Women’s Day: Heroines in your family” post, where we invited you to submit stories about the incredible women in your families.

The stories we received highlight how women left their mark on their families while remaining a shining example for future generations.

Here are a few examples to inspire you as much as they inspired us. Thank you for sharing them.

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7    Mar 20123 comments

Australia: MyHeritage chief genealogist to speak

MyHeritage’s chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz will visit Australia this month to speak at the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy and Heraldry in Adelaide.

Always busy, this trip follows his recent participation at Who Do You Think You Are Live! in London.

He'll also speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on general genealogy topics and what MyHeritage and WorldVitalRecords offers to family historians and genealogists.

He has a multi-faceted role at MyHeritage. With more than 20 years of genealogy experience, Daniel provides key contributions in product development, customer support and public relations; working with genealogy societies, bloggers and media; as well as speaking and attending conferences around the world. He also heads our translation department, where he has been instrumental in increasing MyHeritage’s global support for 38 languages for our website and software.
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6    Mar 20125 comments

MyHeritage: Meet Elisabeth, our French community manager


Elisabeth, MyHeritage's French Community Manager

Elisabeth is our new community manager for France & French-speaking communities around the world, including Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and elsewhere

At a very young age, Elisabeth became interested in her family history, especially her Italian roots. As a teenager, she constantly questioned her grandmother, eagerly taking notes. Her grandmother, soon to be 98, still loves sharing stories from her past.

In college, it was only natural that Elisabeth chose to study history. At 20, she lived for three months in Venice with her Italian cousins. Unfortunately, on that side of the family she only knows  the names of her paternal grandparents’ parents. The archives of their small village – Mansuè, in the province of Treviso - were apparently destroyed in a fire, but she hopes to learn more one day. Continue reading "MyHeritage: Meet Elisabeth, our French community manager" »

5    Mar 20121 comment

WDYTYA Live 2012: MyHeritage highlights

The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 show in London’s Olympia, attended by some 15,000 visitors.

The team included CEO and founder Gilad Japhet, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, head of genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, along with UK/US community manager Aaron Godfrey, former UK community manager James Sanderson, Netherlands community manager Denie Kasan and support representative Aviv Ben-Arie.

The MyHeritage Team

MyHeritage team members at WDYTYA 2012 in London

We enjoyed meeting with old friends and prospective members during the show. Many new users registered at the booth, while many existing members spent time with our team, shared their stories and sought assistance in advancing their family research.

Several MyHeritage team members also gave presentations. Here are some highlights: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live 2012: MyHeritage highlights" »

2    Mar 20128 comments

Heroines in your family: International Women’s Day 2012

Photo: Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons

International Women's Day is March 8, 2012 and we invite you to submit stories about the heroines in your family. We will showcase the best here in our blog.

We're looking for stories from the major to the everyday achievements of women in your family, whether they saved someone in WWII or raised amazing children as single mothers.

Post your stories and photos on our Facebook page or on Twitter @myheritage with the hashtag #WomenRock.

Here are comments from our own team about what International Women's Day means to them:

Ania - Marketing Manager, MyHeritage:

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1    Mar 20123 comments

Family Graph API Contest: Finalists named, voting now open

We’re delighted to announce the finalists of the Family Graph API Contest. A few months ago, MyHeritage challenged developers from around the world to create engaging apps for families, offering a $10,000 prize for the winner.

We've received some great entries, and shortlisted them to the four finalists below. Now it's up to you - the public - to vote for your favorite.

The finalists are listed on the contest page and readers are invited to vote now, through March 14. Simply visit the page, try out the apps, and vote for your favorite using the Facebook Like buttons. We'll announce the winner on March 15.

Continue reading "Family Graph API Contest: Finalists named, voting now open" »

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