24    Jul 20161 comment

How Did Our Ancestors Beat the Heat?

While cooling off in my comfortable air-conditioned home, I wonder what summer was like for my ancestors. How did they attempt to keep cool during intense heat waves without the modern advancements we enjoy? How did they make the most of their summers?

Farm boys eating ice-cream cones, July 1941 (Credit: Library of Congress)

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18    Jul 20162 comments

New: SuperSearch Alerts

We're delighted to introduce a new feature, SuperSearch™ Alerts.

A SuperSearch Alert is a notification letting you know that new results are available for your previous search on SuperSearch, that did not exist when you conducted the search.

MyHeritage's SuperSearch contains a wealth of useful content to explore. Currently home to 6.85 billion historical records, SuperSearch includes MyHeritage family trees, public photos, census records, birth, marriage and death records, family history books and a lot more. Continue reading "New: SuperSearch Alerts" »

16    Jul 20161 comment

Our Volunteers: From Lebanon to Ecuador

Elias Faour

Electronics Engineer Elias Faour, 68, has been volunteering for MyHeritage, translating our products into Spanish, since 2011. Born in the North Lebanon village of Hadeth el Joubbe, he later moved to Batroun. At the age of 28, in 1975, at the beginning of the civil war in his country, Elias moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

In 1976, he married his cousin Cecilia. They have two children, Daniel and Monica, and three grandchildren.

Although the family of his paternal grandparents - Yousef Faour and Adél Corban - has few relatives, the family of his maternal grandparents - Hanna Saab and Rosa Andery - is numerous, as is his wife’s paternal family, Chedraoui (Chedrawi)-Sfeir. Continue reading "Our Volunteers: From Lebanon to Ecuador" »

10    Jul 20165 comments

On the Trail of a French Prisoner of War in Germany

This post was written by Elisabeth Zetland, researcher at MyHeritage. It was originally posted on our French blog.

I have long hoped to reconnect with the German family that had such a great impact on my grandfather’s life. I never met my maternal grandfather, Roger Dubuc. He passed away when I was only four months old. I don’t remember when I first heard his story but it quickly became a mystery that intrigued me, and I decided that I had to solve it.

Roger’s story began like that of many other French soldiers, but it suddenly took an abrupt turn. At the age of 20, on June 22, 1940, he was captured in Vannes without ever having fought in the war. When he left French soil, he didn't imagine that it would be five long years before he would return home again. His father Léon had also been a prisoner of war in Germany at the end of WWI, but had returned home after seven months.

My grandfather on the left, with the German family (which I finally discovered) in Sandstedt

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4    Jul 20161 comment

MyHeritage Reunites 93-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor with Her Relatives

Nata Gattegno, a Holocaust survivor from Corfu, Greece could never have children of her own as a result of what she endured in Auschwitz during WWII. Although she thought she was alone in the world, research done by the MyHeritage team uncovered cousins, that Nata either never knew existed, or with whom she had lost touch many years ago.

Watch the emotional reunion that took place recently when we introduced Nata to her new-found relatives in this video, in Hebrew with English subtitles:

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1    Jul 20166 comments

Introducing PedigreeMap™ — an Interactive Map of Your Family History

We're happy to announce the launch of PedigreeMap™, an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.

Have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly your great-grandmother was born? Seeing significant events from your family's past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family's journey. Trace the locations of your ancestors and get new geographical and historical insights into your family history. You may suddenly realize that all of your grandparents come from a tiny region in Europe; or that your second cousins are actually your neighbors.

PedigreeMap

PedigreeMap displays all your photos and events grouped by country and location, allowing you to easily filter the map to view it by person, family group, event type, and time period. If you have a tablet device, such as an iPad or an Android tablet, PedigreeMap will look awesome on it. You will be able to pan and zoom with your fingers, and enjoy the maps tremendously.

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29    Jun 20169 comments

Introducing the New and Improved MyHeritage Photo Gallery

MyHeritage is the perfect place for preserving your family memories. As of this week, storing your entire library of family photos with MyHeritage just got easier and more enjoyable.

We have just completed updating the photos section on MyHeritage with a brand new look and improved functionality. All your photos, videos and audio files are now consolidated in a single, well-organized view.

New photos section (click to zoom)

To see the new and updated photos section, simply sign in to MyHeritage and click "Photos" in the top navigation of your family site.

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23    Jun 20163 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 20169 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 20163 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" »

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