16    May 20122 comments

NGS 2012: Recap

MyHeritage Team with Dennis Brimhall CEO of FamilySearch

MyHeritage Team with Dennis Brimhall CEO of FamilySearch

Last week, the MyHeritage team was kept very busy in a whirlwind of work, learning and fun at very well attended National Genealogical Society's 2012 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On Wednesday, the team was busy at the booth answering questions and providing more information to attendees who had heard about MyHeritage from speakers who spoke about our very social family trees, WorldVitalRecords.com data, facial recognition technology and much more. Continue reading "NGS 2012: Recap" »

15    May 20121 comment

International Day of Families: Balancing work and life

Work / life balanceToday, May 15, is International Day of Families.

This annual event was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. It’s a day for reflecting on the importance of family and for raising awareness of issues affecting families across the globe.

The theme of this year's International Day of Families is "Ensuring work family balance."

Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is one of the major challenges of modern life. We may work longer or shorter hours than our ancestors, but we live further away from family who are traditionally our key support network.

We constantly strive to succeed in our careers, but with the world becoming smaller and more digital, we are always online and always connected so that we can stay on top of our ever-increasing workloads.

According to AOL’s 4th annual ‘Email Addiction’ survey, 62% of people check work email on weekends.

How can we ensure that we reach a healthy balance of personal life and work? Continue reading "International Day of Families: Balancing work and life" »

14    May 201247 comments

Competition: I love my family because…..

Family

I love my family because..... How would you finish this sentence?

Following the success of our competition "I love genealogy because" last August, we're giving you another chance to win a free one-year PremiumPlus subscription to www.MyHeritage.com!

There are many reasons why we love family, but we want to know yours. Complete the sentence - "I love my family because..." in the comments below or on our Facebook Page between now and May 20 and our favorite comment will win the subscription . The winner will be notified on May 21.

We're running this in advance of International Day of Families which takes place tomorrow, May 15.

We look forward to your comments!

13    May 20120 comments

Mother’s Day: Your stories

Mothers Day

We wish all of you celebrating it today, a Happy Mother's Day! May those mothers enjoy a day filled with fun, surrounded by family.

We asked you to share with us via our blog, Facebook page or Twitter, what makes your Mom special. We received some very moving responses from all over the world and selected our favorite ones for publication:

Continue reading "Mother’s Day: Your stories" »

11    May 201210 comments

Webinar: Family history research made easier

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Family Tree Builder 6.0 (click to enlarge)

Following the success of How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census, we invite you to register for our next webinar: "Family Tree Builder: Tips and tricks to make family history research easier." The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 2pm EDT*.

Want to learn the tricks of the trade from our MyHeritage experts? In this session, we’ll discuss:

• Building or importing a family tree

• Tips to help you improve your research

• Sharing information with other family members

MyHeritage's free software - Family Tree Builder - is perfect for creating family trees, adding photos and optionally publishing to the Web for sharing with family members with full privacy control including preventing online publishing of specific people, specific notes, specific facts or certain facts for all people.

Continue reading "Webinar: Family history research made easier" »

10    May 20121 comment

NGS: Day one

This post is also published on the WorldVitalRecords blog (part of the MyHeritage family).

NGS 2012 began today with a huge line to enter the exhibit hall.

NGS 2012 Kicks Off

NGS 2012 Kicks Off

Exhibit hall traffic was heavy throughout the day as thousands came to get a good deal on products and services and find answers to their genealogy questions. Continue reading "NGS: Day one" »

9    May 201219 comments

MyHeritage: A young genealogist’s quest

Jared

Jared wears his MyHeritage fleece

Family history attracts people of all ages.

Recently, MyHeritage was happy to hear from member Jeff Zeitlin of Connecticut, who sent an email on behalf of his son Jared, 11. He explained that Jared was very interested in genealogy and asked if it was possible to get a MyHeritage souvenir.

Our marketing department wrote to Jeff and discovered that Jared had made remarkable family history discoveries.

We asked the family's permission to share their story and they were happy to do so. Of course, we sent Jared a MyHeritage fleece (see photo left).

Here’s Jared's story:

A fifth-grade student, Jared’s parents are Alyson and Jeffrey Zeitlin and he has an older sister, Mikayla. He also enjoys spending time with his grandparents in Connecticut and Florida.

Growing up in a Jewish family, Jared found great interest in religion and genealogy. These interests spurred his focus in researching his family history, which resulted in building the family tree on MyHeritage.com.

One day a few summers ago, Jared’s father’s first cousins visited them in Connecticut – the first time Jared had met them.

During the day we discussed how we were related. Cousin Arthur mentioned that another distant cousin had created a family tree on another website. That got me interested in looking at my family.

Jared checked that website, read about his family and added family members – some 450 people. Then he stopped for a while. Continue reading "MyHeritage: A young genealogist’s quest" »

8    May 20122 comments

NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati

Schelly and Mark preparing for take-off

From right: Schelly, Mark and Chris (a MyHeritage friend) on the way to NGS!

MyHeritage is at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, taking place this week in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) from May 9-12.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for genealogists and anyone interested in family history research to get together and share ideas.

NGS was established more than a century ago - in Washington DC, in 1903. It provides education and training for the genealogy community and promotes access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Everyone at NGS is invited to visit MyHeritage (booths 331-430), where we can personally greet you, and offer some exciting activities: Continue reading "NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati" »

7    May 20124 comments

Mother’s Day: Share your stories

As we approach Mother's Day, we focus our thoughts towards our mothers and think of ways to show our appreciation for all they do for us.

Mother’s Day is about reflecting on the special connection we have with our mothers and recalling the happy memories we share.

People say you learn to be parents from your parents. Does your mother share her mother’s characteristics or mannerisms? Do you?

On Sunday, May 13, (Mother's Day in the US), we'll be writing a special post, a tribute to all the mothers out there.

We'd like to hear from you as to what makes your mother special. Tell us in the comments below and we'll share some of your stories on the blog. If your story is published, send your mother the link. It's one of the many ways you could show her how much you care.

This is open to all, so please send us your story even if Mother's Day is celebrated on a different day in your country.

As my mother say's, every day should be Mother's day.

3    May 20125 comments

Poll: Largest family reunion

According to Guinness World Records, the largest family reunion attracted 2,585 members of the Lilly family from the USA. The record was set on August 9, 2009.

We’re interested to hear about the largest family reunion you’ve attended. Have you come close to breaking this record?


Do you have pictures from your family reunion? Please share them on our Facebook page.

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