13    Nov 20121 comment

Preservation: Storm-damaged photos

Following Hurricane Sandy, many families have lost their most precious possessions, including photos.

University of Delaware professor Debra Hess Norris is chair of the Department of Art Conservation and offers some tips to save damaged photos.

An expert on photograph preservation, Norris - and her colleagues and students - are hoping to provide the public with advice and resources. They have event set up an email address for questions. Send questions to art-conservation@udel.edu, with the subject line “Save My Photograph,” and the team will provide recommendations.

“It’s about giving people who have had to deal with so much some hope and guidance for saving photographs that are precious to them,” Norris says. “In many cases, water-damaged photographs can be saved.”

Some general tips: Continue reading "Preservation: Storm-damaged photos" »

12    Nov 20123 comments

Birthplace: We all come from somewhere

Ever wonder about where your family comes from and how that place makes you feel?

New York filmmaker Francesco Paciocco did, and the result is a short documentary – Birthplace - about his ancestral home. Importantly, it addresses the importance of where our families come from and what it means to us.

Says Paciocco:

No matter what background we come from, who our parents are or where we currently live, we only have one birthplace.

No matter where we live, our race, color or creed, we all have roots somewhere. History progresses, societies evolve, and people shift location. Origins, however, remain the same.

Past generations of our families crossed mountains and oceans to find better lives. But Paciocco asks how they felt about their choices, and what impact it left on future generations who today have only stories and old photographs to look through.

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11    Nov 20123 comments

Your Stories: Honoring unsung war heroes

Leading up to Veterans Day (US) and Remembrance/Armistice Day (UK), we asked you to share stories of your family's unsung war heroes.

We were overwhelmed with the number of stories and photos we received via our social media platforms and email.

In honor of today's events, here are some of the stories. We hope that recording them here will help preserve them, along with the memories of the brave men and women, lest we forget.

Merv Lamb

My uncle, John Denham, was on Convoy Escort Duty on board the HMS Penzance off Nova Scotia during WWII. His ship was attacked by a submarine and Uncle John was killed and went down with his ship and crew.

Nicola Clarke

My great-uncle Flt. Sgt. James Ellis Jones was one of three men who survived when their Halifax was shot down over Germany during a bombing mission. He was taken to a POW camp outside Berlin where the men risked their lives by sneaking over the boundary to get wood. One night, he was spotted going, was shot and wounded, dying three weeks later from peritonitis. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM).

Continue reading "Your Stories: Honoring unsung war heroes" »

9    Nov 20120 comments

Hidden Memorial: Honoring fallen heroes

Our genealogy team love challenges – so imagine the reaction of Laurence Harris, MyHeritage's Head of Genealogy (UK), when he was shown a 66-year-old Memorial Board  commemorating the names of Servicemen who had died in WWII.

The board had been hidden in a rarely-used storage area for more than 30 years.

The challenge was on!  Laurence volunteered to trace living family members of the men so that they could be invited to a special service to remember and honor them and to rededicate the Board.

Laurence took this as both a personal and professional challenge.  He recognized the importance of learning about these forgotten heroes of the past, enabling the present generation to honor them, and ensuring that their stories are preserved for future generations.

Along the way, he discovered many interesting stories. Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing with you some of these stories and explaining how Laurence managed to trace the  descendants.

Do you have stories to share about unsung war heroes in your family? Let us know in the comments below, and email relevant photos to stories@myheritage.com

8    Nov 20120 comments

Get ready for 2013: MyHeritage family calendars

2013 is just around the corner so it's time to start thinking about organizing the year ahead. With so many family birthdays, anniversaries, events, holidays and personal activities to keep track of, anyone can appreciate a handy family calendar for the New Year, prepared in a few clicks!

Our beautiful calendars are really simple to make, because you've already done the hard part - entering the family birthdays, anniversaries and other events and adding photos to your MyHeritage family tree. All this will be automatically placed in the family calendar along with relatives' photos related to each event.

A collage of family photos will appear on the cover page for each month - but not just any photos! The calendar automatically selects photos of people who have a special event during that month. You can also customize the calendar, add or edit events, remove or replace photos, add national holidays and religious holidays and much more.

The calendars are the result of our partnership with specialist companies Fuga Technologies and Total Graphics. The calendars are extremely affordable, costing less than $20 each. They make a great gift for your family for the upcoming holidays and if you order multiple copies you will not pay more for shipping, which is very affordable at approx. $2 only. Express shipping is available for those who need their calendars in a rush.

Continue reading "Get ready for 2013: MyHeritage family calendars" »

8    Nov 20120 comments

Halloween Competition: And the winner is…

Thanks to all of you who entered the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo competition.

We received some great photos but, alas, only one can win the one-year data subscription. After our panel of judges reviewed each photo, we're delighted to announce that Debby Carter has won our prize!

Here's the winning photo:

Continue reading "Halloween Competition: And the winner is…" »

7    Nov 20120 comments

Webinar: Genealogy 101

We're delighted to invite you to register now for our webinar: "Genealogy 101: Everything you need to know about researching your family history" which will be presented on Tuesday, November 13 at 2pm EST/7pm UK.

Join US genealogy adviser Schelly Talalay Dardashti for a Family History master class. This session, open to beginners and more advanced researchers alike, will cover everything from getting started in family history research to breaking down brick walls.

There will be a live Q&A session as well as a chat room to ask questions or comment during the webinar, so think about those things that challenge you and come prepared to challenge Schelly!

View recordings of past webinars on our webinar website.

We look forward to welcoming you online.

6    Nov 20121 comment

Elections: Voting memories

Although voting for the 2012 election is still ongoing - and we won't know the results until tomorrow - we're wondering about your voting memories.

I remember going with my mother to vote at our local elementary school in the Bronx (New York) when I was a very young child. Many of my classmates also went with their parents.

What are your election day memories? Did you accompany your parents? Or was your first voting experience as an adult?

Let us know in the comments below.

No matter the results, some people will be happy while others will be angry or depressed. It is natural. How does one get over these emotional reactions?

Continue reading "Elections: Voting memories" »

5    Nov 20120 comments

Guy Fawkes: Remembering what?

George Cruikshank's illustration of Guy Fawkes, published in William Harrison Ainsworth's 1840 novel (Credit: Wikipedia)

George Cruikshank's illustration of Guy Fawkes, published in William Harrison Ainsworth's 1840 novel (Credit: Wikipedia)

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot."

This is a classic playground rhyme learned by every British school child. It marks an important event that took place 407 years ago today. But what's it all about?

Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night and Fireworks night) is celebrated in Great Britain on November 5. It commemorates the failed plot to assassinate King James I on November 5, 1605 at the official state opening of Parliament. The plan was to blow up the House of Lords, killing the King and all the dignitaries present.

Guy was arrested following a 'tip to the authorities while guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder that had been smuggled into the House of Lords. He, along with his fellow co-conspirators, was executed.

In the years following the foiled attempt, people lit bonfires and burned effigies of Guy Fawkes. To this day, people all over the UK commemorate with public or private firework parties and bonfires. Continue reading "Guy Fawkes: Remembering what?" »

2    Nov 20120 comments

Poll: Ever forget a close relative’s birthday?

We all have many things on our plates and sometimes important dates and events just get lost in the commotion.

It's not that we're unaware of the birthday date, it's just that often we don't know what today's date is...

Forgetting a birthday is, in some families, a cardinal sin. That's why lots of people enjoy MyHeritage's birthday reminders via email as well as site notifications.

Has it ever happened to you? If so, how did you rectify it? Let us know in the poll and comments section below.


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