1    Aug 20132 comments

1790: First US Census Day

The US Census is the nation’s largest and most important set of records. They are invaluable to everyone interested in discovering their family history.

This week marks the original Census Day, which took place on the first Monday in August in 1790.

The 1790 Census was the first census conducted, numbering the then-population at  3,929,214.

Thomas Jefferson in the 1790 U.S. Census. Note occupation listed as 'Sec of State to the US' (click to zoom)

Census records provide a snapshot into the lives of our ancestors by documenting names, addresses, birthplace, members of household and more. Continue reading "1790: First US Census Day" »

27    Jun 20131 comment

Competition: Discover your American roots this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one week away, and we’re ready to celebrate!

Also known as Independence Day, Americans come together to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and the country’s birthday.

A great time to celebrate American heritage, it is also fun to share the holiday with families at  barbecues, picnics, parades, fairs, firework displays and other family activities.

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1    May 20138 comments

MyHeritage: All US census records now available!

We're proud to announce that the entire collection of U.S. Federal Censuses is now available on MyHeritage.

These censuses span every decade from 1790-1930 and complement the existing 1940 U.S. Census, which you can search already on MyHeritage.

The collection is the nation’s largest and most important set of records including a huge searchable index and all scanned images of the original census documents, covering some 520 million names.

Start searching the censuses now
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12    Jun 20123 comments

Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!

From left: Joel Weintraub shows original 1940 Census documents to Daniel Horowitz, Mark Olsen and Leland Meitzler. original

On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.

Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.

Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.

Tara helps a MyHeritage member.

The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.

Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.

Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.

His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940censusContinue reading "Jamboree: Crowds, the census and a red carpet!" »

30    Apr 20125 comments

Webinar: Find your relatives in the 1940 US Census

1940 Census on MyHeritageHaving trouble finding people in the 1940 US census? Need some practical tips to make the most of available information?

Join MyHeritage's experts on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2pm EDT* for a free, live webinar: How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census - (register for the webinar).

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris

Laurence Harris and Mark Olsen will take you step-by-step through researching the census. They’ll demonstrate how to find the people you’re looking for and how to understand the records you find.

We’ll also look at other methods to help reveal records such as using city directories or converting previous census EDs, how to decipher the information and follow clues for further research.

A question-and-answer session with our expert panel - also including Daniel Horowitz and Schelly Talalay Dardashti -  will follow.

Mark Olsen

Mark Olsen

MyHeritage was the first commercial entity to have all the census images online. Search the entire census.

We’ve also updated our MyHeritage Mobile App so you can search the census on-the-go.

Register for the webinar.

* Time Zones:
London, UK 7pm
New York, 2pm
Chicago, 1pm
Salt Lake City, 12 noon
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Do you have any questions you'd like answered? Put them in the comments below, and we'll address them during the webinar.

Feel free to "like" this post. Share it with your friends so they can also join in - the webinar is open to everyone.

We look forward to seeing you online.

19    Apr 20122 comments

Dick Clark: An American icon passes

Dick Clark 1961

Dick Clark in 1961 (Source: Wikipedia)

Dick (Richard Wagstaff) Clark, American radio and television personality died yesterday.

Born November 30, 1929, in Bronxville, New York, he died of a massive heart attack in Santa Monica, California, on April 18, 2012.

Best known as the host of the long-running teen music show - American Bandstand - watched religiously every afternoon by millions of US teens when they came home from school. The show is credited by many as the forerunner of reality TV shows like "American Idol." Later, he also created "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" and even a game show - "Pyramid."

The release of the 1940 US Census (available on MyHeritage) earlier this month provides an inside view into the lives of those who lived at the time. Clark was 10 years old when the enumerator came to call.

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12    Apr 20123 comments

[Survey] Who have you found in the 1940 US Census?

Many users have shared their 1940 Census discoveries and we are happy to be part of this historical moment. We wrote about the celebrity discoveries we made. We want to know whom you've found in the census? (You can see all census images at www.myheritage.com/1940census.)


How did you feel when you found that record? Do you have an interesting story about that person? Let us kinow in the comments section below.

5    Apr 20129 comments

1940 US Census: Celebrity records discovered on MyHeritage

Yesterday we completed the uploading of all 1940 Census images. Users around the world have been searching the census for free and have already found their ancestors’ records at www.MyHeritage.com/1940Census.

We couldn’t resist researching the records of celebrities who were alive in 1940. Thanks to our fantastic team of genealogists, we made some exciting discoveries and we invite you to see the  census images below:

Elvis Presley

His father was a carpenter, and his mother was a seamstress, and little did they or the enumerator know what lay ahead for this 5 year old boy – Elvis.

Click to zoom

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4    Apr 20120 comments

MyHeritage: All 1940 US Census images now available

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It’s been an incredible ride.

We’re proud to announce that MyHeritage is the first commercial site to have all the 1940 US Census images available for searching for free! Please let us know what you find on www.myheritage.com/1940census.

Now that we’ve completed the images, we’re continuing with the indexing. Yesterday, the first indexed records were made available - Bristol County, Rhode Island. The index is searchable by names, facts and other criteria, all for free!

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3    Apr 20122 comments

1940 Census Update: 37 states and over 4 million images

Click to zoom - This image has been updated at 1:30 MDT. We'll be updating it as we go, follow us on Twitter for real-time announcements

We’ve now uploaded 26 states with over 4 million images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census to our website www.myheritage.com/1940census. Search for free!

States ready for searching: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado , Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Continue reading "1940 Census Update: 37 states and over 4 million images" »

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