29    Jun 20134 comments

Family History: QR codes

My own genealogical QR code

Those square graphics of squiggles - QR codes - are found on everything.

We use them to find sale prices on items in stores, use them on organization and event flyers for more information and myriad other uses. Our smartphones translate the squiggles into practical information.

I've always thought that it would be great to have a personal genealogical QR image that could be put on T-shirts or hats worn at a gen conference, or perhaps on our conference badges.

Point your smart phone at it, and see what families I'm researching, from where, my DNA haplogroup, what gen societies I belong to and other relevant information.

I generated my own QR code at http://myqr.co/, a free site.

Wouldn't that be an innovation at genealogy conference?

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27    Jun 20131 comment

Competition: Discover your American roots this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one week away, and we’re ready to celebrate!

Also known as Independence Day, Americans come together to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the country’s birthday.

A great time to celebrate American heritage, it is also fun to share the holiday with families at  barbecues, picnics, parades, fairs, firework displays and other family activities.

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24    Jun 20138 comments

Guest Post: Ty’s World Trek

We're delighted to introduce a new guest contributor to our blog - Tyrell "Ty" Rettke. After battling ulcerative colitis and a series of corrective surgeries, Ty is on a round-the-world adventure and will help people he meets in various countries to trace their family histories.

From a small town (Ketchikan) in Alaska, Ty, 28, is interested in history and in tracing his own family heritage. In the first of his monthly posts, he heads to Ireland to see his roots.

Ty, 28, from Ketchikan, Alaska, is on a trip around the world

There are many reasons people travel. One trend is people visiting their ancestral homes. For me, this includes Ireland. So when I made my way across the Atlantic on my mission to circumnavigate the globe, I decided that Ireland was a must for my journey around the world.

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18    Jun 201312 comments

Our Stories: A daughter’s project

Chris's graduation photo

People catch the genealogy bug in many ways. For MyHeritage member Chris King (in Georgia, US), it was because of the Girl Scouts.

My daughter, Caitlin, was in Girl Scouts and had to do a family tree of three-to-four generations. I always wanted to know more about where my family was from, but had never thought about doing a family tree. I helped her with the project and together we went back several more generations.

Born Christine Carlton in Paget, Bermuda, in January 1969, Chris' father was in the US Air Force, stationed on the island. Her parents divorced when she was 3, and she, her sister and their mother moved to Georgia, where she grew up. Today she has four children and a step-daughter. She and her husband have been together for 12 years and married for nine, with six grandchildren and another on the way.

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16    Jun 20135 comments

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

We asked you to share your memories and sayings from your father. We wanted to know how he had an impact on your life, whether it was advice, a loving saying or a life lesson.

We received numerous responses completing the sentence: “My father used to say… .”

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12    Jun 20135 comments

MyHeritage Webinar: Meet the Record Detective™

There’s a new detective in town that helps generate new findings and discoveries from your family tree dead-ends.

The Record Detective™ is breakthrough technology that brings new leads by turning a single historical record into a door to other related records and family tree connections.

Join our free online webinar to see the Record Detective™ in action, and learn how it can unlock the clues to your family history.

Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz will answer your questions and help you learn how to get the most out of this excellent family history tool.

Date: Monday, June 17, 2013

Time: 3-4pm EDT

Register free here: http://bit.ly/12J7311

Do you have any questions you'd like answered? Put them in the comments below, and we'll address them during the webinar.

Feel free to "like" this post. Share it with your friends so they can also join in - the webinar is open to everyone.

We look forward to seeing you online.

10    Jun 201312 comments

Father’s Day: Memories and advice

Fathers are monumental figures in our lives and are known for giving great advice. The 17th-century poet George Herbert said that “one father is more than 100 schoolmasters.”

Father’s Day is a celebration honoring dads, granddads and paternal bonds, and in honor of the day we want to know how your dad made an impact on your life by participating in our competition (see details below.)

Image credit: http://justimagine-ddoc.com/

The day has American roots and was founded in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd.

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8    Jun 20137 comments

Anniversaries: Celebrating important occasions

Weddings are one of the most important family events. They provide great opportunities to celebrate together, and begin new chapters in family story.

This week, I'm celebrating my own wedding anniversary, and I began thinking about all the memories shared with my husband and our excitement about our future.

The origins of wedding anniversaries date back to the Holy Roman Empire, when husbands crowned their wives with a silver wreath on their 25th anniversary. During the 20th century, other anniversaries began to be represented by materials such as “wood,” “pearl ” and “diamond.”

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5    Jun 20131 comment

Our Stories: A family reunion in the Netherlands

A group of MyHeritage users from Holland and Canada met for the first time in Haarlem, Netherlands, in May.

Family photo outside the North Holland Archives

Joining them was our Netherlands country manager Denie Kasan, who documented their reunion at the North Holland Archives in Haarlem. Following is a translation based on his original post.

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3    Jun 20137 comments

10 tips for interviewing family members

Memories, photos and documents provide a wealth of invaluable family history information. Interviewing family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations and discover more about your family heritage.

Interview older relatives first. They may be the only people who know from which country or  town your immigrant ancestors came, or the spelling of an original surname, or any name changes made over the generations. Unless that knowledge is documented before they die or their memories fade, then that information may be lost forever.

Storytelling is a great way to add details to your family tree, and interviewing a relative is a great way to start. To help with your family history research, here are some tips for interviewing relatives.

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