12    Aug 20131 comment

Treasure Family Photos: Tips for taking great pictures

Viewing old family photos brings up nostalgic memories.  Whether it’s a wedding, a picnic in the park or goofing around at home, it’s important to preserve those family moments.

We have wonderful old photos from our ancestors, yet it’s also important to document our lives and cherish today's family gatherings and events.

However, it can be difficult encouraging the kids and and the entire family together to sit for a portrait. That’s why - as part of our “Treasure Family Photos” global initiative - we are offering tips to save and share your family story.

Here are some tips for taking a great family photo: Continue reading "Treasure Family Photos: Tips for taking great pictures" »

6    Aug 20135 comments

MyHeritage launches global initiative: “Treasure Family Photos”

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our global “Treasure Family Photos” initiative to help you uncover new information about your family history through photos and preserve them online.

August marks the start of our ongoing campaign, which will offer exciting activities and competitions. Read on for details.

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1    Mar 20123 comments

Family Graph API Contest: Finalists named, voting now open

We’re delighted to announce the finalists of the Family Graph API Contest. A few months ago, MyHeritage challenged developers from around the world to create engaging apps for families, offering a $10,000 prize for the winner.

We've received some great entries, and shortlisted them to the four finalists below. Now it's up to you - the public - to vote for your favorite.

The finalists are listed on the contest page and readers are invited to vote now, through March 14. Simply visit the page, try out the apps, and vote for your favorite using the Facebook Like buttons. We'll announce the winner on March 15.

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14    Feb 20121 comment

Valentine’s Day: Love through family history

Millions of couples will celebrate the most romantic day of the year today, February 14. Love is in the air and love stories surround us.

Cupid at the Window Valentine Postcard Ca. Early 1900s

A few weeks ago, MyHeritage asked readers to share their ancestors' love stories or photos that illustrate them. We received  touching stories and photos from around the world.  It was hard to pick three winners, all the stories are beautiful and special. So we decided to double the number of winners to six! Below you can read the lovely stories:

United States

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1    Feb 20127 comments

Valentine’s Day: Share your love stories

Valentine's Day is 14 days away and millions of couples around the world prepare for the most romantic day in the year.

People also recall how it was celebrated generations ago. They may remember incredible and moving love stories of their own or of their ancestors.

We have all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors. These may include a love that was separated or difficult due to distance, historical events, family disagreements or other reasons.

Even though times were much harder, somehow those impossible loves won out, the couple married and their love story lasted until contemporary times.

When I was younger, it was quite an opportunity to listen to some cringe-worthy love stories from my parents. The experience was more of a learning opportunity (as in a whistle-stop tour of how not to let a lady know about your affections).

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21    Jan 201210 comments

Winners: Best genealogy advice?

For the past few days, we've been asking the MyHeritage communities on Facebook and Twitter to share their most valuable genealogy advice.

There were many entries from around the globe, addressing many aspects of genealogy; including research tips, good practice methods and handy hints for online research. Continue reading "Winners: Best genealogy advice?" »

18    Jan 20123 comments

Genealogy Advice Competition: One day left!

With only one day left until we reveal the winners of the MyHeritage Genealogy Advice Competition, we thought we'd share a sneak peek of the many entries submitted through Twitter.

Remember, we'll pick two winners randomly to receive one of two one-year MyHeritage PremiumPlus + WorldVitalRecords subscriptions. You can also take part by posting your advice on our Facebook page. For full details and Terms and Conditions: view here.

To take part on Twitter, simply tweet your advice with the hashtag #MyHGenealogyAdvice. The competition will close at midnight (GMT) tomorrow.

Here is a look at some entries from the past 24 hours. The advice offered by our community ranges from the useful to the hilarious!

16    Jan 201229 comments

What’s your best piece of genealogy advice?

Have a think about your best genealogy advice...

We all remember our first forays into the world of family research.

"Where do I look?", "How do I physically record the information?" and "What on earth is a GEDCOM file?" are just a few of the many questions that went through my mind when starting out.

Now, if somebody who had "been there and done that" could have provided some advice about the importance of citing sources or, indeed, the art of deciphering census handwriting, my research would have been significantly more efficient!

Over the next three days, we're going to be asking our learned community to share advice for budding or even experienced genealogists. Continue reading "What’s your best piece of genealogy advice?" »

2    Jan 20121 comment

Happy holidays competition: See the winners!

The rules were simple: Send us a short video incorporating the MyHeritage logo and letting us know where you are.

For more on the contest announcement, see the blog post here. Congratulations to our four winners for your great videos.

We received videos showing lots of happy MyHeritage multigenerational families - and even a family pet! The team thanks to everyone that participating, for their time and creativity. We enjoyed viewing your entries and hope you had fun making the videos.

View the other three winning entries below.

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21    Dec 20114 comments

MyHeritage Happy Holidays Competition!

Join in the fun by entering our Happy Holidays Video Competition and win one of four HD video cameras!

Participating is easy. Simply create a video of yourself or of you and your family wishing "Happy Christmas (or Holidays) from London (insert location)” in the style of your home town! The video should show the MyHeritage logo at some point during the video, even if it’s just on paper. Download the logo here to print.

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