26    Nov 201324 comments

Thanksgiving: Holiday tips and competition!

On Thursday, Americans around the world will celebrate Thanksgiving. It is a holiday that we take seriously, and not only in the US.

American ex-pats will celebrate wherever they live. In some countries, it's hard to find the necessary foods, such as cranberry sauce, and even whole turkeys. But no matter where we live, we try our best to reproduce the menu and good feelings of this favorite holiday.

It is a family holiday and we like to involve family members who attend. It's a time when we create special family memories.

We invite you to share your favorite family Thanksgiving memories for the chance to win a Kindle for the holidays. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, for a chance to enter. We will choose one winner, and in honor of thanksgiving, we'll post a selection of our favorite entries. The winning story will be announced on Sunday, December 1.

Here are some tips for working family history into your turkey festival this year. Continue reading "Thanksgiving: Holiday tips and competition!" »

24    Nov 201311 comments

Nicknames: Family history research tips

Ever faced an obstacle in your family research as you look for an ancestors’ name?

When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another.

Nicknames are usually familiar or humorous and used as an appropriate replacement or addition to a given name. They can be a form of endearment, refer to a personal character trait or just be a shortened version.

When you stumble upon these new listings, you might think your family research has hit a brick wall. Searching for records can be difficult if you don’t have all the information, but don’t despair, here are some tips below to help in your family history research. Continue reading "Nicknames: Family history research tips" »

22    Nov 20131 comment

John F. Kennedy: His life and his legacy

Where were you when you heard about John F. Kennedy’s assassination?

It shocked the world and shook the very foundations of our liberty and freedom. Today marks 50 years since that devastating day, November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated.

John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States, the youngest president elected. He was a man that the country identified with. He sent the first man to the moon.

On this 50th anniversary of his death, we celebrate his life and his legacy. Continue reading "John F. Kennedy: His life and his legacy" »

20    Nov 20133 comments

Family History Q&A: Your genealogy questions answered

This week our three genealogy experts, Laurence Harris, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, and Daniel Horowitz joined us as panelists for our webinar, Family History Q&A.

We assisted many users with their genealogy "brick walls," and provided numerous hints and tips for furthering genealogy research.

Didn't get a chance to join? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.

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

Have more tips to advance genealogy research? Let us know in the comments below!

18    Nov 20131 comment

Genealogy Tip: Statistics

Do you know about the statistics section on our family sites? It is full of interesting tidbits about your family tree, offering such details as average life expectancy or number of children per family. We analyze all the data in your family tree to produce 45 enlightening statistics.

I learned some very interesting things about my family from this section. For example, I learned that the most common first names in my tree are David and Sara. I would probably not have noticed that the oldest person in my family was my great aunt, who lived to be 107!

Here is a map showing all places of birth of the people in my family tree:

Continue reading "Genealogy Tip: Statistics" »

14    Nov 20138 comments

New: Enrich multiple profiles from a single historical record

Today we've extended the popular record extraction feature that lets you extract information from a historical record directly to a relevant family tree profile, to now extract to multiple profiles. Thus, when you've found a record with information on several relatives, you can easily extract the information into all relevant family tree profiles.

New: Extract information to multiple profiles

How does it work? Continue reading "New: Enrich multiple profiles from a single historical record" »

12    Nov 201312 comments

Our Stories: 50 steps to a family connection!

Some family history researchers begin their geneajourney quite by accident, as did MyHeritage member Niels Bjerre Hansen of Denmark.

Niels, 56, was born in Vindum, Viborg, Denmark and lives with his wife Hanne Moeller Hansen, an intensive care nurse, in Roedkaersbro, Viborg. They have three grown children: Louise is an oil industry design engineer, Marie is an assistant attorney and Christine is a nurse.

He studied electronic engineering and graduated in 1984.

Niels has worked in the wind turbine industry as a development manager in the electronics department. Today he works at a small electronics company making high-end audio equipment as a production technician.

He became interested in family history quite by accident.

Niels made this graphic to show his family connections (Click to zoom)

Continue reading "Our Stories: 50 steps to a family connection!" »

11    Nov 20133 comments

Remembrance Day: Honoring our heroes

Sergent Charles Lavaissière, great-grandfather of user Yann Sujet

Today is Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Britain, Canada and Australia.

It is a somber day that many countries celebrate to honor those who fought for their countries. We remember those who have protected us and kept us safe throughout the years.

In many countries, Veterans Day and Remembrance Day are commemorated publicly, so that everyone can pay their respects to those who lost their lives. Heroes are remembered  through public memorial ceremonies, programs at military cemeteries and parades. The Commonwealth tradition of one or two minutes of silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the time in the United Kingdom when the Armistice was declared. Wreaths are laid at monuments and gravestones. Continue reading "Remembrance Day: Honoring our heroes" »

7    Nov 20136 comments

Webinar: Family History Q&A

Do you have any brick walls in your genealogy research? Need help looking for that long-lost ancestor?

Join us for a Q&A panel with our top genealogy experts who will answer your questions and provide hints and tips for continuing your family history research.

Sign up for a free webinar - Family History Q&A: Your genealogy questions answered

Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm GMT

Click to register for free.

Do you have questions that you’d like answered?  Tell us in the comments below and we'll try to address them live during the webinar.

We look forward to answering your questions!

4    Nov 20136 comments

Results: Family heirlooms competition

Throughout October, we celebrated Family History Month, and brought  you exciting competitions, webinars and tips to enhance your family history research.

We wrapped up our competitions last week by asking you to tell us about your family history finds to win a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.

We want to thank everyone who submitted meaningful stories and anecdotes about their precious family heirlooms.

Congratulations to our winner, Liz Zito, who wrote the following:

My Dad died when I was four, in 1965. In recent years I have become obsessed with trying to find out more about his life, his family in Italy and his loves. The youngest of nine, many of my siblings had told me that he loved to play the round-backed mandolin that had been passed down to my brother. I had seen it once but have no memories of my father playing it, holding it. In April last year, I asked my brother if I could visit and take photos of it and when I arrived, he handed it to me telling me I could keep it. I was so grateful. I've since found out that my father had sponsored an Italian friend to come to Australia from Italy and this gent had brought the mandolin for my father as a thank you gift. My plan is to get it restrung and to learn to play one of the songs he used to play on it. When I hold it now I wonder how it looked in his arms...whether he strummed it hard or plucked it gently and if it looked tiny against his hands. I often embrace it, closing my eyes and try to feel my father's presence. It's precious to me and the only thing of my father's that I have. Continue reading "Results: Family heirlooms competition" »

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