22    Nov 20110 comments

Thanksgiving: Picture the festivities!

Where has the year gone?

Supermarkets in the US are jammed with shoppers looking for that perfect turkey and gathering all the ingredients for side dishes and traditional desserts.

There are only a few days left until entire neighborhoods and apartment buildings are filled with the fragrance of roasting turkeys.

The MyHeritage team encourages everyone to record this holiday - and all family holidays, of course - in photographs for posterity. To help this project along, we’re giving away two Premium subscriptions for the best photo in each of two categories: Old family photos of Thanksgiving past and contemporary photos of this year’s festivities.

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2    Nov 20113 comments

Halloween: Family photo winners

We love running competitions at MyHeritage, and Halloween provided an excellent opportunity to see what our community created.

It's a chance for us to see how creative our community can be and -  in the case of this week's competition - be privy to some hilarious family Halloween photos. Ghoulish, disturbing, confusing and downright terrifying - you name it, we've seen them all! See the slide show here:

We know everyone wanted to be one of the lucky three - who will now enjoy excellent features including enhanced Smart Matches™ and Timeline features.

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27    Oct 20113 comments

The MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo Competition

MyHeritage is looking for the most creative and original Halloween Family photos. Take part and win one of three one-year Premium subscriptions at MyHeritage.com.

Everyone has, we are sure, seen those piles of pumpkins in every supermarket heralding the news that Halloween is just around the corner.

We haven’t had a competition for a while now so, of corpse (sorry), we decided to dust the cobwebs from three free premium subscriptions for one year and put them up for grabs in the MyHeritage Halloween Family Photo Competition!

Share your best Halloween family picture with us, or that old Halloween picture lurking in your photo album.

The rules are simple: upload your photo* to our Facebook Page or send them via Twitter using the hashtag #myheritagehalloweenpics (we recommend you use yfrog.com or twitgoo.com for this). If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account you can send us your picture to marketing@myheritage.com.

We will be looking for the most ghoulish, wacky and creative photos our community has to offer. Remember, we’re all about family here at MyHeritage, so if your whole family is getting involved, we’d like to see some photo evidence of that!

Entries close at noon on the day after Halloween (1 November 2011), so you’d better get snapping now, if you’d like to get your hands on a one year free premium subscription!

Don’t get too spooked.

The MyHeritage Team.

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*We kindly request that all photos be of a reasonable resolution (96dpi at least) and that the submission is your own original work (and not infringing any copyright laws). Any images of under-18s must be cleared for usage with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Three winners will be chosen from all entries received, and will each receive a free premium subscription for 12 months. Winners will be notified using their original mode of entry and we will make every practical or best-faith effort to contact them. See the full terms and conditions here.

13    Sep 20110 comments

Meet the Judges of our API App Contest

Following the recent launch of our Family Graph API developers' competition for the creation of the best web or mobile app for families, we're proud to introduce our distinguished panel of judges.

Judging the competition are some well-known names in tech, investment and family arenas. So, without further ado, let us introduce the judges...

With a particular interest in startups, apps and the constant evolution of digital media, Martin Bryant is the European Editor at The Next Web, one of the world's leading technology blogs. Based in Manchester, UK, he co-founded the city's Social Media Cafe events that helped kickstart a lively cross-discipline digital community in the city.

Creator of GeneaBloggers, Thomas MacEntee is an authority on all things family history. He's one of our favorite genealogy bloggers and writes and lectures on the many ways that tech and social media can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.

Jessica Fisher, aka FishMama, is the voice behind leading mommy blog LifeasMom. A mom of six, Jessica also writes about juggling home and family duties for parenting publications.

Experienced entrepreneur, operator and seed investor, Saul Klein is a Partner at leading VC firm Index Ventures.

Dad of 5 and passionate about pioneering new technology solutions for our customers, Yuval Ben-Galim is Executive VP R&D at MyHeritage.com

So far more than 50 companies and developers who've submitted applications have been approved to use the Family Graph API. Want the chance to win $10,000? Enter our Family Graph API app creation competition today. We'd like to wish all entrants the very best of luck... watch this space for competition updates.

1    Sep 201110 comments

New! MyHeritage.com Family Graph API and Best Family App Contest

The Family Graph API (click to enlarge)

The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.

We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.

Intrigued?

Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......

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20    Aug 20112 comments

Facebook competition results: ‘I love genealogy because…’

Don't say we never give anything away at MyHeritage.com as this week's Facebook competition has seen three of the best entries win a free premium account subscription.

We know everyone is keen to be part of the lucky three - who will now be enjoying fantastic features including enhanced Smart Matches™ and Timeline features - so we ought now to reveal the winners, judged by the MyHeritage team.

We asked all our Facebook fans to tell us just why they loved genealogy in the form, "I love genealogy because...", we then waited and watched the entries flood in until we lost count completely.

We had entries that were both inspiring and heart-warming and others that were a little strange, even disturbing. After much careful deliberation though, we can reveal that the winning entries* from over 120 are as follows (Author in bold):

Linda Pentland
"I love genealogy because...I can put meat on the bones of the skeletons that are rattling about our cupboards!!"

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7    Jul 20110 comments

Congrats to Winners of MyHeritage.com, Family Tree Magazine’s Family Reunion Contest

Hip Hip Hooray! Family Tree Magazine has announced the winners of the Family Reunion Contest!

To read about the winners' amazing stories, visit Family Tree Magazine's Genealogy Insider post here.

A BIG congrats to Patricia, Pam and Linda…and many thanks to you all for sharing your wonderful stories -- they're an inspiration to us all!

8    Jun 201126 comments

MyHeritage.com and Family Tree Magazine contest…win a free family reunion!

Participate in the contest and win a free family reunion! We're very excited to launch a joint contest with Family Tree Magazine, the leading family history magazine in the USA, to celebrate long-lost relative discoveries! Lots of amazing prizes to be won! Read on

Ever discovered a long-lost relative through your family history research?

Share your “long-lost relative discovery” with us and enter a contest to win a free, expenses-paid reunion with them, a year-long VIP subscription membership with Family Tree Magazine and a three-year Premium-Plus subscription with leading family history site MyHeritage.com (among other prizes - a digital subscription to Family Tree Magazine and a 3-year Premium-plus subscription on MyHeritage.com for the two runners-up!).

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28    Feb 20110 comments

Mystery Love Letter from World War II

In our special online gallery featuring love letters throughout the last 500 years is a romantic note from an unknown airman, named Jonny, to his sweetheart Elise during World War II. Can you help solve the mystery of the unknown identity of Jonny or Elise?

Love Letter from Unknown Airman during World War II (click to enlarge). Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

From the address, it can be established that Johnny was situated at the RAF base in Melbourne, Yorkshire, which was open from 1940 – 45. It is believed that the letters were written at some point during this time frame. No other information is known about the writer of these letters, or the recipient.

18    Feb 20110 comments

A Love Letter from the 1920s

Since we've been looking for the best UK love letters this week, we thought we'd showcase a nice letter we had sent in.

This letter was sent in by Ann Jameson, and was originally written by her father in 1928. Her parents originally met at Oxford in the 1920s, where Ann's father would leave anonymous notes in her mother's bicycle-basket, or cough-lozenges or bicycle lamps if he saw she needed them. They eventually started having tea together, and after continuing to see each other after university later got married. Thanks to Ann for sending this in, and we hope you enjoy the letter as much as we did!

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