23    Jun 20162 comments

25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask

Today, it's easier than ever to conduct family history interviews with family. The Audio Recordings feature in the MyHeritage mobile app makes it quick and painless to have a relative sit down and document their story, allowing it to be preserved for the future.

How do you make sure that you're documenting the complete story? How do you get those juicy bits of family history that you're looking for?

We've collected 25 unusual family history questions that are sure to get your family members talking about the stories probably never heard before: Continue reading "25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask" »

22    Jun 20163 comments

The 3 Cs: Organizing Research Inherited from a Relative

This is a guest post by Kate Eakman, staff genealogist at Legacy Tree Genealogists, MyHeritage’s recommended research partner. Kate has a master's degree in history and loves to help people see into the lives of their ancestors. Her ability to “think outside the box” helps her to find treasured details about a person's heritage.

You’ve just been handed the family research of your grandmother, or great-uncle, or perhaps some even more distant relative who heard that you “do genealogy” – and now you are wondering what to do with it.

Here are three easy steps to integrate it into your own research.

1. Classify Continue reading "The 3 Cs: Organizing Research Inherited from a Relative" »

19    Jun 20162 comments

Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad

Happy Father's Day!

This year for Father's Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.

Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world's oldest man, making him also the world's oldest father. We couldn't have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.

Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:

1."Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won't regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children." Continue reading "Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from the World’s Oldest Dad" »

16    Jun 20168 comments

NewspaperARCHIVE.com Collection Notice

We wanted to give our users a heads up that MyHeritage's license of the newspaper content from NewspaperARCHIVE.com is about to expire next week. This means that on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the collection will be de-published (withdrawn) from MyHeritage. In addition, pending Record Matches from this collection will be removed. Confirmed Record Matches that were saved to family trees will remain in place.

MyHeritage is currently in negotiations with NewspaperARCHIVE.com to enter into a new license in order to keep this collection on MyHeritage. If these efforts are successful and the content is relicensed, then it will be reloaded onto MyHeritage and the Record Matches will return, and all links to newspaper records that were saved into family trees will continue to work. This will work well even if the newspaper content will be de-published for a while, and then return.

We advise users who have pending Record Matches from this collection, to view them before Tuesday, and to confirm as many of them as possible and extract their value into their family trees.

This does not affect other newspaper collections on MyHeritage such as Trove from Australia and Jewish Chronicle from the UK.

Thanks,
The MyHeritage Team

16    Jun 20160 comments

Father’s Day on Twitter: Join World’s Oldest Man For Live Fatherly Advice

Israel Kristal (Image credit: guinnessworldrecords.com)

In addition to their old beloved shirts they refuse to give up, sandals with socks, and corny jokes, dads around the world are known for their sage, fatherly advice. This Father's Day, we're shaking things up a bit, and we've asked the world's oldest man to give MyHeritage users his tried and tested advice, words of wisdom that he's accumulated over his long and experienced life as a Dad.

Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, will be live tweeting fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account this coming Sunday, Father's Day, and he'll be happy to answer any questions.

Want to ask Israel for some fatherly advice? Send us your questions in advance by commenting below or Tweet @MyHeritage using the hashtag #fathersday. Make sure to mention @myheritage in your tweet.

This will take place this Sunday, June 19, at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST / 5 pm GMT. Continue reading "Father’s Day on Twitter: Join World’s Oldest Man For Live Fatherly Advice" »

15    Jun 20162 comments

New Innovation: Sun Charts

Family tree charts are an excellent way to share your research with your family, and to bring your family history to life. MyHeritage offers a wide selection of beautiful charts and books that can be created — for free — on your family site with a few clicks.

Today we're introducing a new addition to the lineup — The Sun Chart. This is an innovative new family tree chart for visualizing descendants in family trees.

Sun Chart

Click to zoom

We call it a "Sun Chart" because the main ancestor (selected by the user) is shown in the center with multiple generations of descendants in outer concentric rings. It can be classified as a descendant fan chart, but it is unique in that it also includes photos, and it isn't limited in the number of generations. The new Sun Chart is designed to be the most spatially efficient chart, and yet it still easy to understand. Do you have a family get-together or reunion coming up? Be sure to bring along a Sun Chart (or several, one for each of your ancestral lines), and everyone will ooh and aah over it!

The chart above was prepared by MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet for his direct paternal line (Japhet/Pat)  — showing the descendants of his great-great-grandfather. Click here to view the full PDF version of Gilad's chart. Note that living people are displayed with initials to protect their privacy (this is one of the chart configuration options at the user's disposal).

Continue reading "New Innovation: Sun Charts" »

9    Jun 20160 comments

The Oldest Selfie Ever Taken

The "selfie" is a casual self-portrait photograph, usually taken with a front-facing camera on a smartphone or a digital camera. They are most often shared through social networks and have become so common that it is rare to have not heard of them.

Although the term "selfie" is relatively new — it was only added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 — the idea of taking a photograph of yourself by holding the camera in front of you is most certainly not new.

The first known selfie was produced by Robert Cornelius, an American pioneer in photography. He created a daguerreotype of himself in 1839. Not only is it the first known selfie, but it's also one of the first photographs taken of a person...ever.

Because the process was slow, Robert was able to uncover the lens, run into the shot for a minute or more, and then replace the lens cap. The photo is labeled on the back as "The first light Picture ever taken. 1839."

Credit: Library of Congress

Continue reading "The Oldest Selfie Ever Taken" »

1    Jun 20161 comment

Road Trip: MyHeritage at Conferences Around the World

We're hitting the road this week to head to four family history conferences in four corners of the world! We hope you will come along and say hello to us in person at our booths and learn more about MyHeritage from our classes and demos. We'd love to see you there!

1) Ontario Genealogy Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 3-5
The OGS Conference of 2016 is promising to be even larger than expected. Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will meet in Toronto for three days of inspiring lectures, workshops, displays, and other learning opportunities.

MyHeritage Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz will give a mini-lecture on Saturday morning on "Why Build Your Family Tree on MyHeritage?" On Sunday, he will speak on "Discovering Your Family History with Seven Unique Technologies" and "Mobile Applications for Genealogy Research and Family Photo and Data Sharing." On Sunday, Esther Shuman will give a mini-lecture on "How to Use MyHeritage’s Cutting-Edge Matching Technologies." Continue reading "Road Trip: MyHeritage at Conferences Around the World" »

30    May 20162 comments

11 Million Australian Newspaper Pages Now Online

We've just added 11.4 million pages of Australian newspaper records to our collections. The records are now available for free at MyHeritage SuperSearch.

Including over 700 Australian newspapers, this phenomenal collection, digitized by the Trove (The National Library of Australia), covers newspapers from 1803 to the mid-20th century. Each Australian state and territory are represented, although the bulk of the collection consists of newspapers from New South Wales and Victoria.

Search the Australian Newspaper collection now

This collection is a treasure trove of information for all Australian researchers — or those with Australian heritage — looking to add to the rich fabric of their family history and fill in missing details. Newspapers are fantastic sources of genealogical and family history information. Birth, marriage and death announcements, and obituaries found in newspapers are commonly used resources for genealogy. However, your ancestors may also be mentioned in articles on local news and events (i.e. social, community, school, sport, or business related events).

In the next few months, we will add 5 million new pages to this collection. This collection will also soon be matched with all family trees on MyHeritage.

Here are a few interesting examples from the collection: Continue reading "11 Million Australian Newspaper Pages Now Online" »

26    May 20160 comments

Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!

Is there a long direct line of one gender in your family? How many men versus women are in your family tree?

The statistics section on your MyHeritage family site will provide the answer. Among other interesting facts, see which gender is more prevalent in your family. In my family tree, it's split pretty evenly. Of 304 people, 156 are male.

If the Underdahl family of Idaho would check their family tree statistics, they would probably see that the men in their tree reigned and are the majority. In their family, there hadn't been a baby girl born in the direct line for over 100 years. That just changed. Continue reading "Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!" »

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