30    Apr 20149 comments

Our Stories: Sailing ships, a printing empire and mysteries!

MyHeritage has some of the most fascinating members. We were delighted when we received the story of Anneliese Horst, 81, who was born in Chile and now lives in the US.

She has a law degree, a foreign language teaching certification, and teaches Spanish at Queens University (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA).

I was born in Santiago de Chile into a very large family; my parents were Mario Horst and Erna Pretzer. We spoke Spanish and German at home and went to school in Valdivia, Chile, a beautiful city in Chile’s Lake Region.

Mario, Anneliese & Erna Horst (born Pretzer) - 1935

I studied law in Santiago and, in 1961, spent a year in Bonn, Germany studying criminal law. In 1962, I married Ernst J. Foerster, moved to Lima, Perú, where our son Hans was born. In 1969, we moved to Mexico City, and a year later to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands where our daughter Andrea, was born. Continue reading "Our Stories: Sailing ships, a printing empire and mysteries!" »

28    Apr 20141 comment

MyHeritage Reaches New Milestone: 5 Billion Historical Records!

Today we are pleased to announce that MyHeritage has reached an exciting milestone: we've surpassed 5 billion historical records!

It has taken only two years for MyHeritage to build this treasure trove of historical information demonstrating that MyHeritage is one of the fastest-growing and most internationally diverse family history companies in the world.

Search the records now

To celebrate the occasion, we looked at some iconic names within our collections. Here are some fun facts that we discovered (click image to enlarge): MyHeritage Surpasses 5 Billion Historical Records

Continue reading "MyHeritage Reaches New Milestone: 5 Billion Historical Records!" »

24    Apr 20141 comment

Poll: How far along are you in your research?

Have you only started thinking about beginning your quest to uncover your family's past, or have you already begun your ancestral search and worked on your family tree?

Researching your family’s genealogy can be extremely rewarding. However, as most seasoned genealogists know, it can be a long process. Time, patience and organization are required to keep going and break down those brick walls.

No matter how far along you are in the process, we want to hear how you're progressing. Take our poll below to let us know!


23    Apr 20140 comments

Shakespeare: His life and legacy

Today marks 450 years since the birthday of English poet, playwright and actor, William Shakespeare.
Possibly born April 23 1564, Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in English literature and someone who revolutionized theater. The third of eight children, his father, John Shakespeare, was a glover, trader and local politician, and his mother was Mary Arden. His parents were first cousins, not uncommon in those times.

Although William's exact date of birth is unknown, we do know that he was baptized on April 26. In those times, baptism took place no more than a few days after birth, and therefore April 23, 1564 is widely recognized as his date of birth. Continue reading "Shakespeare: His life and legacy" »

20    Apr 20141 comment

Happy Easter: Heritage Hunt 2014

Happy Easter!

Eggs are one of the most recognized symbols of Easter. Since ancient times, rabbits and eggs have been associated with rebirth and new life. In Germany, children would make nests for the egg-laying hare, Osterhase, to lay her eggs in.

In America, German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The beloved Easter egg hunt tradition began soon after, and it spread throughout the country. Baskets replaced nests and the game evolved into a treasure hunt. Prizes included chocolate, candy, toys and coins.

Read more about the MyHeritage Heritage Hunt below! Continue reading "Happy Easter: Heritage Hunt 2014" »

17    Apr 201411 comments

Our Stories: 200 years, 8 generations and 4 continents!

MyHeritage members come from around the world and they are some of the most interesting people we know. Today we’ll explore Susan Soyinka’s journey that took her back 200 years, more than eight generations and across four continents.

Standing, Fritz Smetana and Ully Steininger. Seated, Cäcilie Smetana, Berta Smetana, Lucy Smetana and Jacques Steininger, Vienna late 1920s

Continue reading "Our Stories: 200 years, 8 generations and 4 continents!" »

14    Apr 20141 comment

Easter: Fun for the whole family

Easter is just around the corner and - with this holiday - we welcome Spring and the rebirth of new life.

It’s a great time of year to celebrate your family lineage with the younger generations.

Try some of these do-it-yourself crafts to celebrate both the holiday and your heritage. They are sure to be fun for kids and adults alike:

  • Create a family tree centerpiece out of eggs:

(Image credit: Shelterness)

Continue reading "Easter: Fun for the whole family" »

10    Apr 20146 comments

National Siblings Day: Family memories

Today is Siblings Day. It was created to honor the special relationships that we have with our siblings. Often our oldest friends, siblings share our ties to our past, and special bonds that last forever.

I grew up as one of four sisters, each two years apart. My sisters are my best friends and my greatest confidantes. I’m number two, so number three and I used to joke that we were the double filling inside an Oreo.

Continue reading "National Siblings Day: Family memories" »

9    Apr 20141 comment

Webinar: Discovering family history through gravestones

We recently hosted an online webinar on how to discover family history through gravestones. We were joined by two of our experts - US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.

Schelly talked about the information that can be revealed about family via gravestones. Daniel discussed our recent partnership with BillionGraves and how to get involved in preserving cemeteries for future generations.

Did you miss it? 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 ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.

6    Apr 201420 comments

Competition: Share your stories

MyHeritage is always interested in hearing your stories. Helping users make amazing discoveries is why we do what we do.

Send us your user story at stories@myheritage.com for a chance to win a Kindle!

In two of the wonderful user stories we've recently published on our blog, Mike uncovered his friend's ties to Queen Elizabeth II and Janice finally discovered what happened to her Irish great-grandfather who went missing in 1885. Continue reading "Competition: Share your stories" »

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