30    Oct 20130 comments

Millions of gravestone records and obituaries added to SuperSearch

As Halloween approaches we’re excited to bring you new tricks and treats to help you find out more about your ancestors. We’re happy to announce that we've added millions of gravestone records and obituaries to SuperSearch, our online search engine for billions of historical records.

This new addition includes 5.5 million gravestone records from BillionGraves and 3.5 million obituaries from Tributes.com.

Search the BillionGraves and Tributes collections now

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29    Oct 20130 comments

Halloween: Annual photo competition!

Happy Halloween! As Halloween approaches, we're excited to announce the start of our annual Halloween Family Photo competition!

Send us your most creative and original family Halloween photos and we'll choose three winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage data subscription, providing full access to billions of history records.

As Halloween approaches and you've started to think about costumes, don't forget to take a photo, or send us an old photo from a previous year!

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28    Oct 20132 comments

Living together: Several generations under one roof

In the past, it was often common for several generations of a family to live together in one house.

For some it was a financial decision, while for others it was to enjoy the pleasure of having a large family together under one roof.

Today there are strong indications that multigenerational living is on the rise. According to a 2009 Pew Research Center study, 51.4 million Americans lived in a house with at least one other generation under the same roof.

A decline in employment and postponement in marriage has forced more adults to move back into their parent’s homes post-college. Known as “boomerangs,” 61 per cent of Americans aged 25 to 34 know of friends or family who have moved back with parents or relatives. Continue reading "Living together: Several generations under one roof" »

24    Oct 201332 comments

Competition: Family Heirlooms

Congratulations to Sharon Black, winner of last week’s competition, who won a free data subscription for her and for her friend who helps with her research.

Today is our last competition in honor of Family History Month and we want to hear about your family history finds.

We all keep vintage treasures which carry exciting stories about our pasts. Regardless of whether it is a photo, a piece of jewelry, a family document or historical record, our family heirlooms are keys to our family history.

What are the most precious family heirlooms in your family? Do you have your grandmother’s antique hairbrush? How about a silly family photo?

Comment below - by October 31, 2013 - with the most unique heirloom you have, and we’ll choose one winner to receive a a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.

Remember, we’re looking for the most interesting, creative and original heirlooms.

Good luck!

23    Oct 20130 comments

Christening: Welcoming a new baby

Prince George of Cambridge's christening  will take place today.

The christening of a new baby is a momentous occasion for many families. It’s a great way to welcome a new baby into the world and to celebrate their arrival with family and friends. Many religions have similar ceremonies with that in mind.

Traditionally, the ceremony includes appointing godparents for the baby. In the past, they were chosen based on the belief that the godparent would lead and guide the child in faith. Today, close friends or relatives are chosen to play an important role in the child’s life.  It’s lovely for a child to have a close relative or family friend with whom they can have a close relationship while growing up.

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21    Oct 20130 comments

Genealogy Tips: Interviewing relatives

Many people enjoy telling and listening to stories to learn about their family history. Interviewing a relative is a great way to start documenting their knowledge and add details to your family tree.

Last week, Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy UK presented a webinar on how to interview family relatives.

Don’t worry if you happened to miss out! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.

Don’t forget to check our other webinars for more genealogy tips to help make your family history research easier.

Do you have additional tips on how to interview family members? Or, have you discovered something new about your family as you interviewed a relative? Let us know in the comments below!

19    Oct 20133 comments

Our Stories: Papa’s Diary

Wouldn't it be exciting to read the diary of an ancestor who recorded his or her daily activities?

Matt Unger, a 40-ish software executive in New York, was handed his grandfather Harry Scheurman’s 1924 diary, written when he was 29 and had been in the US for 11 years. Matt has transcribed each journal entry at his website http://papasdiary.blogspot.com. Scheurman had immigrated from Sniatyn, then in Austro-Hungary.

Matt’s project received coverage in The New York Times.

As we hear more frequently these days, family history researchers are getting bitten by the genealogy bug at ever younger ages. Although Matt was given the pocket-sized diary for a fifth-grade family history project, it wasn't until Thanksgiving 2007 that he examined it closely and decided to transcribe it.

MyHeritage interviewed Matt via email and is happy to offer his comments on this wonderful and very personal project. Continue reading "Our Stories: Papa’s Diary" »

16    Oct 201322 comments

Competition: Who in your family has helped you the most with your research?

We received many entries for last week’s Family History Month competition. Thank you to everyone that entered.

Congratulations to Sallie Shelton, winner of a PremiumPlus Family Site Subscription for her family site.

We loved what you wrote about the ancestor you'd like to meet:

My father's great grandfather, Francis Asbury Hammond. His life would make a blockbuster movie! Joined a whaling ship at a young age and during a storm a barrel rolled over him breaking his leg. The captain dumped him off on the "Sandwich Islands" to die. The natives nursed him back to health. His life includes multiple ocean voyages back and forth from America to the Sandwich Islands. He was in the CA gold rush, helped the Mormon Battalion build a road from from CA to UT, had many continuing adventures. Sadly, he died in Mancos, CO where he was drug to death by a horse leaving a large family. He was honored among many people as having ultimate honesty and integrity. He lead a life of service to others. Of course I would love to meet him, although I would be a little intimidated by this amazing man. I am honored to be his ancestor!

This week, we're holding another Family History Month competition to win a one-year free Data subscription to SuperSearch, our online search engine of billions of historical records. Continue reading "Competition: Who in your family has helped you the most with your research?" »

15    Oct 201325 comments

New partnership with FamilySearch adds billions of records to MyHeritage!

We’re delighted to announce that MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch, which will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage.

This is a "historical moment" in the family history industry and very exciting news for family history enthusiasts worldwide.

Historical records are the backbone of family history research and are vital for making new family connections and uncovering new information about ancestors. Family tree profiles are helpful for finding relatives and tapping into the collective knowledge of millions of other users.

In the next few months, we’ll add more than 2 billion records from FamilySearch’s global historic record collections and profiles from its online family tree to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records.

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14    Oct 20130 comments

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving: A Family Celebration

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, a time for families to get together.

Did you know that Canadian Thanksgiving is widely recognized as the first celebration of its kind in North America?

Its history dates to 1578, when Englishman Martin Frobisher set out in search of the Northwest Passage, along the northern coast of North America.

On his third voyage to the bay area of Baffin Island (now the Canadian territory of Nunavut), the 15 ships were filled with men and materials to begin a small settlement.

Frobisher's journey was harrowing as the fleet traveled in bad weather and harsh storms. They lost a ship and most of the building materials. Making it through the storm and reuniting with the rest of the fleet, they gave thanks for a miraculous deliverance from the dangers. Continue reading "Happy Canadian Thanksgiving: A Family Celebration" »

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