17    Oct 20120 comments

Tough love: Lessons from an older sibling

Most families tend to have "a wise one," the person to whom the family goes for help and who dishes out good advice. That person is also often charged with reprimanding - or rebuking - family members when necessary.

It's common for that person to be an older family member. However, in the following adorable video, we see from 4-year-old Delilah O'Donoghue's ''heart-to-heart'' with Gabriel, 2, that this role fits her perfectly.

Delilah dishes out some ''tough love'' to her younger brother who apparently did something not so nice in the playground. She wants him to learn a lesson, and here's how she does it:

Who's the ''wise one'' in your family? Whom do you go to for advice?

Share with us in the comments below.

16    Oct 20120 comments

MyHeritage: Site navigation improvements

When you next login to MyHeritage, you'll notice some changes made to improve navigation on our family sites. The changes are designed to help you find needed tools and features faster and easier.

New drop-down menus: All family site pages are now available in a drop-down menu - click fewer times to get to where you want to go. Want to create a family tree chart? Scroll over the Family tree tab and immediately see the Charts & Books page.

Improvements in the navigation menus

Switch between trees: Have more than one family tree on your site? Use the handy drop-down menu, now in the upper left corner, to toggle between trees.

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15    Oct 20121 comment

Felix Baumgartner: Is ‘adventure’ in your family?

Yesterday, millions of people around the world witnessed Felix Baumgartner jump from the edge of space.
Felix jumping from his capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix jumping from his capsule. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix broke several world records in accomplishing this incredible feat which saw him break the speed of sound. He set a new skydiving record, at about 128,000 ft (39 km), reaching a speed of about 834 mph (1,342 kmh), or Mach 1.24.

He also broke a YouTube world record for number of concurrent views (about 8 million people watched the space jump live).

This isn't the first time Felix has tried something like this - watch some of his 'top' free falls on YouTube.

Felix celebrates upon landing. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Felix celebrates upon landing. Credit: Red Bull Stratos

Clearly, Felix has an incredible sense of adventure. We're interested in knowing about your own family stories of adventure.

Do you have adventurous relatives, or were your ancestors adventurous? What's the most adventurous thing a family member has accomplished?

Let us know in the comments below.

12    Oct 20121 comment

Webinar: Record Matching with James Tanner

Following the success of our previous webinar, "An Introduction to Record Matching," we're delighted to invite you to register for our next online event: "Record Matching with special guest James Tanner".

Join MyHeritage chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and expert genealogist James Tanner, author of the Genealogy's Star blog, who will discuss examples and surprises from James' own family tree.

The webinar takes place on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012, at 2pm MDT (which corresponds to 4pm Eastern US time or 9pm in the UK).

Record Matching is a brand new technology from MyHeritage, designed to automatically find and match historical records (from our growing collection of 4+ billion records) to the 23 million family trees on MyHeritage...but with a twist!

It's the first and only technology to automatically search newspaper articles, books and other free-text documents. Record matching saves you time by bringing your family’s historical documents directly to you. Visit your family site now to check your Record Matches. You can learn more about Record Matching on the blog post.

View past webinars and register for future events on our new webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

11    Oct 20121 comment

MyHeritage: From town history to family history

Gary at the Great Wall of China

Gary at the Great Wall of China

“Genealogy is not only the search for one’s ancestors, but the sharing of information with others," according to MyHeritage member Gary L. Roberts of Plano, Texas.

Born in Pennsylvania, Gary, 62, attended computer school and served in the US Army as a Morse Code Intercept Operator. Before his 2012 retirement, he spent 30 years working for Verizon Communications as a technical trainer.

Although an only child, he had many cousins on both sides of his family. He’s always been interested in his family history, but travel and work prevented him from working on it. Today, however, he has created a family website, and his travels have taken him around the world to China, Wales, Egypt, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Zaire, Singapore, Switzerland, all over Europe and to the Philippines.

His interest in family history began following the Catawissa (Pennsylvania) Bicentennial in 1974.

My second cousin wrote much of the book on the history of Catawissa. My Roberts family had a large number of family members (aunts, uncles, cousins) in the area and some history related to them. It was wonderful to read about the area and its history.

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10    Oct 20123 comments

MyHeritage: Shared birth, death dates?

What connects William Shakespeare, Ingrid Bergman and Mike Douglas?

All three were famous and had something to do with acting. What unites them is that each died on the same month and day as their birthday.

From left to right: Ingrid Bergman, William Shakespeare and Mike Douglas

From left: Ingrid Bergman, William Shakespeare and Mike Douglas

English poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare was born April 23 1564; and died on the same month and day in 1616. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in English literature and someone who revolutionized theater.

Born the third of eight children to John Shakespeare - a glover, trader and a local politician - and Mary Arden.  John and Mary were cousins - their mothers were sisters. This type of marriage was not unusual in 16th-century England.

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9    Oct 20121 comment

MyHeritage: National Hispanic Heritage Month

Credit: Hispanic Heritage Month website -www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

National Hispanic Heritage Month, in the US, celebrates the culture and traditions of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It is observed from September 15 through October 15.

First observed as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, it was expanded in 1988 to cover the 30-day period.

Some 14% of the US population – more than 42.7 million Americans – have an Hispanic origin, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It is considered the largest ethnic minority in the country.

Tens of millions of Hispanics emigrated from Spain. Some came directly to the US and countries south, some first went to the Philippines or the Caribbean Islands and then arrived here. Spain was in the Caribbean and Mexico long before the English were in what would become the US. The state of New Mexico was settled by the Spanish in 1598, and they were in Saint Augustine, Florida, in 1565.

Tracing your Hispanic heritage may not lead directly back to Spain, but may go from the US to many other places, including Europe, Africa and even Eastern Europe. There may be many surprises along the way.

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8    Oct 20122 comments

Names & Faces: What’s your memory IQ?

Do you remember names and faces? Some people are better at this than others, and some claim that they never forget a face.

This is a valuable talent in the family history field, as some of us can immediately recognize people in photographs or remember the names of relatives at reunions or large family weddings.

A new study - and online test - developed by researchers at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) will help you learn how good your memory is in relation to others. They are inviting the world to participate in the online experiment.

The 10-minute test can be taken from a computer, smartphone, iPad and other mobile device. It's part of a “crowd-sourcing” science trend, using the Internet to gather research data while allowing participants to learn something about themselves.

I just took it and my rough-estimate score result was 108, meaning that I correctly identified 86% of the name-face pairs.

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5    Oct 20120 comments

Family: Are we now immortal on the Web?

Every day, researchers find more and more information about themselves, their relatives and ancestors.

Think about it. All those websites with genealogical records (birth, marriage, death, military service and more). Don't forget that Twitter is now archived at the Library of Congress.

Occasionally, I do a search on specific people. To my great surprise, a reference to a prestigious state event our daughter participated in during her senior year in high school popped up. Nothing I didn’t already know, but to actually see it in print – and we are talking some years ago – was quite exciting. I’d use it as an illustration, but she wouldn’t talk to me again! In any case, it has been saved to our family tree for future reference.

So, what will our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren find out about us after we are long gone? I’m sure there will be interesting items, funny things, perhaps somewhat embarrassing things … and what about all our Tweets available online?

Marcelo Gleiser’s blog post for National Public Radio illustrates this development rather personally when his stepmother died.

The Internet offers a kind of passive immortality, the kind acquired through the accumulated storage of the many interactions an individual has with the World Wide Web, leaving his or her mark. It's not necessarily the writing of books, or the proving of theorems, or composing ballads or symphonies. (Although those would be there as well.) Just the Facebook or Twitter account, the mention in a newspaper or magazine article, the speech that was recorded in someone else's Google+ page, an exchange of recipes, even an obituary.

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4    Oct 20121 comment

Family: Sharing family meals?

Is it best for families to eat together? We've always read that it's best for parents and children to share at least the evening meal together and discuss the day's happenings.

However, today that sometimes seems difficult with everyone's busy schedules. Do you think that such social meals make a difference for children’s achievements and behavior?

Researchers at Boston University’s College of Arts & Science have discovered that the benefits may not be as strong as we once thought. A new study co-authored by Boston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor Daniel P. Miller reveals:

Despite popular wisdom and findings from much previous research that suggests the beneficial impact of family mealtime, a rigorous analysis of 21,400 children, ages five to 15, brings a new argument to the table: When researchers controlled for a host of confounding factors, they didn’t find any relationship between family meals and child academic outcomes or behavior.

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