15    Apr 201213 comments

Titanic’s 100th Anniversary: Your stories

As the world commemorates the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, families are still affected by April 15, 1912.

Many MyHeritage members have a personal connection to this tragedy. We invited them to share their Titanic stories for today's special post.

Thank you to everyone who shared their personal stories.

Henry W. Gradidge, England:

Mr. Ernest Edward Gradidge, 32, of Southampton, died in the Titanic sinking. His body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett and was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 May 1912.
This is the description:
NO. 276. - MALE. - ESTIMATED AGE, 30. VERY FAIR HAIR AND MOUSTACHE.
CLOTHING - Green suit; mourning band; flannel shirt.
EFFECTS - Pipe; key; padlock; purse; three shillings; British Seafarer Union Book, No. 560.
FIREMAN.
NAME - C. GRADIAGE
He was wearing a mourning band for his brother Stephen John Gradidge who drowned from the Royal Mail Ship Thames in Buenos Aires on December 26th 1911
Their brother William Charles sailed on the Olympic, "sister ship to the Titanic"

Marek Jankowski, Poland:

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12    Apr 20123 comments

[Survey] Who have you found in the 1940 US Census?

Many users have shared their 1940 Census discoveries and we are happy to be part of this historical moment. We wrote about the celebrity discoveries we made. We want to know whom you've found in the census? (You can see all census images at www.myheritage.com/1940census.)


How did you feel when you found that record? Do you have an interesting story about that person? Let us kinow in the comments section below.

11    Apr 20120 comments

[Guest Post] Commemorating the Titanic

Nick Barratt

Nick Barratt

This is a guest post from Dr Nick Barratt, (author, historian and broadcaster) who runs Sticks Research Agency and is a regular presenter of TV shows as well as his own vodcast www.familyhistoryshow.net, in association with MyHeritage.com. He currently serves as the President of the Federation of Family History Societies, Vice President of AGRA, Executive Director of FreeBMD, Editor in Chief of Your Family History magazine, Honorary Teaching Fellow at the University of Dundee, and Trustee at the Society of Genealogists.

Don’t forget to
send your family’s Titanic stories to stories@myheritage.com by Friday for your chance to win a copy of Dr Barratt’s book - Lost Voices from the Titanic. Continue reading "[Guest Post] Commemorating the Titanic" »

10    Apr 20123 comments

Television: A shared family experience

The Huffington Post recently published an article about the 25th anniversary of the TV show "The Bold and the Beautiful." This is an iconic soap opera that has been running for, well, 25 years! If you haven't seen it, it’s set in Los Angeles and focuses on the Forrester family and their family fashion business.

Shared experiences help create the close bond that families enjoy. In some families, television plays its part as a shared pastime, with the whole family getting together to watch their favorite show.

In my family, we used to watch episodes of Dr. Who together (and by together I mean some of us were on the sofa and others were hiding behind it)!

What TV show does your family watch together? Was there a show that you all used to watch? Which one was it? Let us know below.

9    Apr 20127 comments

Titanic 100th Anniversary: Survivor stories [competition]

Titanic survivors - Louis and Lola (taken from http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2535973345/)

Do you have an ancestor who was on board the Titanic?

April 15, 2012 marks 100 years since the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank into the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean.

This disaster claimed 1,514 lives and is one of the deadliest maritime peacetime incidents on record. Continue reading "Titanic 100th Anniversary: Survivor stories [competition]" »

7    Apr 20122 comments

NEW! Research on-the-go with newly updated MyHeritage Mobile App

Introducing the latest version of the MyHeritage app! With version 1.2, you can search billion of records on-the-go, including ALL images from the 1940 U.S. Federal Census and our constantly updated searchable index.

The mobile-friendly interface makes it easy to browse records on iPhone, iPad and Android devices, including birth, marriage, military, immigration, government, death, census and other historical records from around the world.

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6    Apr 20123 comments

Holiday: Easter around the world

Easter is celebrated in almost every country around the world, although its observance differs.

We asked the MyHeritage international community managers to describe how the holiday is celebrated in their own countries, with a focus on the family aspects.

How do you celebrate Easter as a family? Please share with us in the comments below.

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5    Apr 20129 comments

1940 US Census: Celebrity records discovered on MyHeritage

Yesterday we completed the uploading of all 1940 Census images. Users around the world have been searching the census for free and have already found their ancestors’ records at www.MyHeritage.com/1940Census.

We couldn’t resist researching the records of celebrities who were alive in 1940. Thanks to our fantastic team of genealogists, we made some exciting discoveries and we invite you to see the  census images below:

Elvis Presley

His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a seamstress, and little did they or the enumerator know what lay ahead for this 5 year old boy – Elvis.

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4    Apr 20120 comments

MyHeritage: All 1940 US Census images now available

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It’s been an incredible ride.

We’re proud to announce that MyHeritage is the first commercial site to have all the 1940 US Census images available for searching for free! Please let us know what you find on www.myheritage.com/1940census.

Now that we’ve completed the images, we’re continuing with the indexing. Yesterday, the first indexed records were made available - Bristol County, Rhode Island. The index is searchable by names, facts and other criteria, all for free!

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3    Apr 20122 comments

1940 Census Update: 37 states and over 4 million images

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We’ve now uploaded 26 states with over 4 million images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census to our website www.myheritage.com/1940census. Search for free!

States ready for searching: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado , Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Continue reading "1940 Census Update: 37 states and over 4 million images" »

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