31    Jul 20141 comment

Australia Celebrates National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month in Australia, and we’re celebrating with giveaways, competitions, webinars and more!

The month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), and relevant family history events will take place during August.

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of family and encouraging everyone to get involved and interested in their own family stories. Whether it’s learning about generations past, looking through old photos or searching historical records, it’s important to discover and preserve these family memories. Continue reading "Australia Celebrates National Family History Month" »

28    Jul 20140 comments

MyHeritage Mobile App: Take your family tree on-the-go

Ever wanted to know more about where your ancestors came from and the generations of people who made who you are today?  With the MyHeritage mobile app you can share family moments, discover and edit your family history and keep in touch with the people you love, anywhere and anytime.

Last week, we held a webinar on how to use the MyHeritage Mobile App. We reviewed how to edit family trees, easily add people, events and relationships, capture and share family photos, and search through billions of global historical records.

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

Want more genealogy tips? Check our other webinars for more ways to help make your family history research easier.

Start your journey of discovery today, and let us know what you find out!

26    Jul 20142 comments

A Family Tribute: Honoring A Father’s Dream

Jay Kwon Yang had a dream to travel and explore the world. So he did, but as a life-sized cutout.

After a battle with stomach cancer, Yang died at 52, in 2012, but his daughter wanted to fulfill the dream her father had been unable to accomplish.

For nearly two years, Jinna had struggled to deal with her father’s death.  “What people didn’t see was the toll the combination of life events took on every inch of my body, heart, mind and soul,” she wrote on her blog.

Jinna posing with her father at The Leaning Tower of Pisa (image credit: Grease and Glamour)

Continue reading "A Family Tribute: Honoring A Father’s Dream" »

24    Jul 20143 comments

Avuncles and Niblings: Unusual words for the family

Have you spoken to your avuncle lately? How are your niblings doing?

Depending on age and gender, some languages have specific words to describe a family member. While the English language is more limited and sticks to known words such as dad, mom, brother and sister, in the past other words were used to describe those in our family tree.

Image credit: Burlington Iowa Public Library

Here are five unusual words used to describe family members. To see the full list, check out the article on Mental Floss Continue reading "Avuncles and Niblings: Unusual words for the family" »

22    Jul 20140 comments

A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1

Can you believe it’s been one year since Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born?

The royal prince will be celebrating in style with his family with a Peter-Rabbit themed birthday party and spend his birthday at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

In honor of Prince George’s birthday, here are some fun facts you may not have known: Continue reading "A Happy Royal Birthday: Prince George turns 1" »

19    Jul 20141 comment

A Work of Art: Family photos

An Australian 5-year-old has started her modelling career early - as a work of art for her father’s photography project.

Australian photographer Bill Gekas has taken the typical family portrait to another level by recreating famous paintings using his daughter as the  model.

Even the family cat makes an appearance in Bill Gekas' photography (Credit: Bill Gekas)

Continue reading "A Work of Art: Family photos" »

16    Jul 20140 comments

MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day

Join MyHeritage and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for NEHGS Family History Day on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Taking place at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, this exciting one-day workshop is a great way to learn how to make the most of your family history research.

Continue reading "MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day" »

14    Jul 20142 comments

A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered

Not long after Athena Orchard, then 13, lost her short battle with cancer, her family uncovered a hidden message of over 3,000 words written on the back of her bedroom mirror. The Orchard family's story was featured in the Daily Mail.

“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.” she wrote. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Continue reading "A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered" »

10    Jul 201430 comments

Search WWI military records for free!

2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would last four years and result in millions of casualties.

Were your ancestors among the brave men who fought? How did they serve their country? Learn more about them by searching hundreds of thousands of WWI military records.

Enjoy FREE access to the following record collections from now through the end of July: Continue reading "Search WWI military records for free!" »

8    Jul 201416 comments

Our Stories: SmartMatches and a great-grandfather’s bible

Our members have such interesting stories, both personal and genealogical!

Pieter Brink, 74, was born in Johannesburg-West, Transvaal, South Africa, and today lives in Pretoria. He is bilingual in Afrikaans and English, gets along in German and converses in several Bantu languages such as Chinyanya, IsiTshwana, Sesutoe, Tzonga, Zulu and Xhosa – although he says he’s not fluent.

He began as a bank clerk in 1956, worked at several businesses, even at a gold mine, was a Christian missionary in Zambia and later retired as a deputy director of organization and work-study in public service. The new chapter of his life began on April 24, 1994, the same day the New South Africa was born, and he is a missionary and family historian/genealogist.

The Brink family celebrates: (From left) Henry Badenhorst (Pieter's son-in-law) Ansu Badenhorst (Pieter's daughter), Sarie (Pieter's wife), Pieter, and Surita Brink.

When he was 15, his father sent him from Wolmaransstad in the west to live with his grandmother Marja in the east at Belfast, Transvaal, where the family farms are located. That’s where his interest in family history began: Continue reading "Our Stories: SmartMatches and a great-grandfather’s bible" »

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