13    Jun 201211 comments

Father’s Day: Share your father’s best advice

Father's DayFatherly advice: One day you're getting it, and the next, you're giving it.

Fathers are known as the bastions of advice, the go-to address for pearls of wisdom. They know what to say - in every situation - whether asked for an opinion or not!

Many of our life decisions and character traits are shaped by our fathers' advice.

As we approach Father's Day - Sunday, June 17 - we'd like you to share the best advice your father gave you or that you, as a father, have given to your own children.

Tell us in comments below or on our Facebook wall. Our favorite will receive a 1 year PremiumPlus MyHeritage subscription.

Let's use Father's Day to collect the best in paternal wisdom, to share with everyone.

Happy Father's Day!

12    Jun 20123 comments

Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!

From left: Joel Weintraub shows original 1940 Census documents to Daniel Horowitz, Mark Olsen and Leland Meitzler. original

On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.

Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.

Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.

Tara helps a MyHeritage member.

The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.

Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.

Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.

His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940censusContinue reading "Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!" »

11    Jun 20126 comments

MyHeritage hits 1 Billion profiles!

We're delighted to announce that we now have 1 billion profiles on MyHeritage.com!

The billion individuals in nearly 23 million family trees, created by the millions of families using MyHeritage worldwide, constitute a gigantic network for discovering family heritage and connecting to relatives.

You can check out the moment we reached the billionth profile, and our celebration, in the video below:

Thank you to all our users on helping us reach this magnificent milestone - we're looking forward to reaching our next billion soon!

8    Jun 20120 comments

Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!

Who would have guessed that Hollywood would be part of this year's Jamboree theme in Burbank, California? This year, we are "Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS! Spotlight on Family History."

The event's regular attendees expect social media guru Thomas MacEntee's bling, and the geneabloggers' New Orleans-style beads and ribbons, but having the American Idol Top 10 in our hotel - in addition to auditions for another popular music show - is a great way to add life to a genealogy conference. 

American Idol Top Ten winners DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet

Three of the American Idol Top Ten finalists (from left): DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez (#2) and Joshua Ledet (#3)

Sitting at the unofficial bloggers table with a famous geneablogger,  Daniel Horowitz and Mark Olsen pulled up the American Idol 2012 website for a photo of the finalists. 

Continue reading "Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!" »

7    Jun 20120 comments

Poll: Do you still live in your family home?

I remember every part of my family home.

Even though I no longer live there, I can tell you which room has a draft, where my brother got a knock on his head, how we set up the room for my sisters engagement party and which cupboard in 'my' bedroom has a squeaky door.

I remember my home, street and neighborhood and it brings back very fond memories whenever I think about them.

However many people do stay near their childhood homes and places of birth. We want to know from you, do you still live in your family home or neighborhood? Please answer the poll below.


Do you have special memories from your family home? Please share with us below.

6    Jun 20122 comments

Australia: Family mysteries revealed

There are many reasons why people become interested in their family history. It may be because of an inherited condition or the discovery of a previously unknown relative.

MyHeritage member Thelma (known as Thel) Brooks’ story includes both!

Born in Sydney, Australia, Thel’s interests were dancing, swimming and tennis. These days, it’s family history.

Now in her 70s and retired, she was a hospital office manager for most of her working life.

Married at 22, she and her husband, William John Brooks, were together for nearly 50 years. She has a daughter and a son, and four grandchildren. For 27 years, Thel was her husband John’s caregiver until his death in 2010.

John and Thel, 2008

John and Thel, 2008

Today, her life is devoted to her little dog, family and friends and she lives in Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Thel first became interested in family history when her husband was diagnosed with an inherited incurable disease and she wanted to find out more where it came from. She then discovered, at 56, a previously unknown half-sister in Scotland: Continue reading "Australia: Family mysteries revealed" »

5    Jun 201214 comments

Request: Help me find my father

Gudrun Giesemann - searching for her father for more than 30 years

Gudrun Giesemann - searching for her father for more than 30 years

This post appeared last week in our German blog. We've translated it to help Gudrun Giesemann find her father.

In October 2011, MyHeritage was excited to be part of a great family reconnection, following a 30-year search. MyHeritage.com was instrumental in reuniting half-siblings Anna and Ronald.

We're now hoping to help Gudrun, who's been searching for her biological father for over 30 years. She's tried everything, without success. Now we're asking our readers for help. Each bit of information could be vitally important for Gudrun.

Here's her story:

For over 30 years, I've been searching for my biological father whom I've never met. When my mother died in 1989, she told me that his name was SIDNEY or SYDNEY SMITH. Unfortunately, there are a lot of spellings of this common name.

Continue reading "Request: Help me find my father" »

4    Jun 20120 comments

MyHeritage: Time for Jamboree!

Jamboree ArtworkMyHeritage is getting ready for the Southern California Genealogical Society's 43rd annual Jamboree in Burbank (Los Angeles) CA, from Friday-Sunday, June 8-10.

Prior to the main event, the popular Family History Writers Conference takes place on Thursday, June 7, with authors, writers and speakers presenting.

Some 1,700 attendees are expected at Jamboree - the largest regional event in the US - and we're looking forward to meeting all of them! The MyHeritage team includes chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, business development manager and genealogist Mark Olsen and quality assurance and technical support specialist Tara McIntosh.

MyHeritage team members will be presenting several programs.
Continue reading "MyHeritage: Time for Jamboree!" »

3    Jun 20122 comments

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Congratulations, Ma’am!

Queen Elizabeth IIThis weekend we celebrate 60 years - the Diamond Jubilee - of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth of York on 21 April 1926, and was third in line to the throne, after Edward, Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII), and The Duke of York, her father.

When King George V, the Queen's grandfather, died in 1936, Edward VIII became King. However, within a year the King abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. This meant that the Queen's father, King George VI, became King, thus putting the now-Queen first in line to the throne.

Continue reading "The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Congratulations, Ma’am!" »

1    Jun 20128 comments

Pets: Part of the family?

girlwithdogMany of us have pets, and we feel an incredible affinity with them.

We love them as family members, take them on trips and integrate them into our daily routines.

The most popular family pets are dogs and cats.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 39% of all American households own at least one dog, while 33% own at least one cat. In the UK, the PFMA notes that 46% of homes have a pet and of those, dogs account for 22%, cats 18%.

Technically, a family tree is a place for human relatives, and a human cannot be physically related to a pet. However, there are numerous stories of people including their pets in their last will and testament.

Maria Assunta (Italy) left $13 milion to her cat. Countess Karlotta Libenstein (Germany) left $106 million to her German shepherd, Gunther III. And if that's not bizarre enough, by the time Gunther IV was born, via some clever investments by trustees, the inheritance had grown to $372 million.

But what if you feel that your dog is part of the family? If your dog walks down the aisle at family weddings, if it is in all of your holiday photos and goes everywhere with you, how do you acknowledge their place?

Continue reading "Pets: Part of the family?" »

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