22    Mar 20133 comments

RootsTech 2013: Day 1

On Wednesday morning, following the keynote address, the doors opened and thousands of people came through. All of our computers were in use in a matter of minutes.

Here's our team at RootsTech 2013!

Our busy MyHeritage booth!

Last night's FamilySearch.org annual blogger dinner was informative.

As far as attendance stats, we were told that - as of last evening - some 6,800 people had registered. Last year, a little over 4,000 had come through the exhibit halls. In addition, the group has made a concerted effort to bring in young people. An additional nearly 2,000 young people, ages 12-18, will be here on Saturday. And this isn't even counting the numbers around the world you will see live streaming of a number of great programs during the event.

For the first time, organizers said, viewing centers were set up in six countries as a pilot program which is expected to continue and expand in the future.

We video-recorded interviews with Cindy Howells of Cyndi's List, Dick Eastman, Randy Seaver and DearMyrtle, and hope to being them to you soon.

Stay tuned for our next RootsTech post!

20    Mar 20131 comment

RootsTech 2013: We’ve arrived!

One of the best things about genealogy conferences is that we get to catch up with our friends.

This year's RootsTech is expected to attract some 5,000 attendees, some 25% more than last year's event. In addition to conference-goers, speakers and exhibitors, many genealogy bloggers are already here. While many are US-based, this year includes bloggers from Australia, UK, France, Spain and elsewhere.

By 7pm Tuesday, I was at the conference hotel, affectionately known as Geneabloggers Central. I knew that many bloggers had arrived early, and had a nice dinner with Randy Seaver, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, saw Dick Eastman, Lisa Louise Cooke, Thomas MacEntee, Lisa Alzo and others.

This morning (Wednesday) was set-up day for the MyHeritage booth.

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14    Mar 20133 comments

Rootstech 2013: MyHeritage heads to Salt Lake City

MyHeritage is excited to see our old friends and meet new ones at next week’s RootsTech 2013 conference, from March 21-23, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The event brings together genealogy and technology. It's a great place to share and learn from top genealogists and technologists about technology tools to help with your family history research.

MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet will give the keynote speech at 8.30am on Saturday, March 23, in Hall 1.  He will unveil MyHeritage breaking news, so don’t miss out!

Gilad will speak alongside David Pogue, personal technology weekly columnist for The New York Times and a monthly columnist for Scientific American.

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12    Mar 20131 comment

Childhood Memories: MyHeritage’s family party

The MyHeritage family came together to relive childhood memories at our annual costume party.

This year’s theme was “Childhood Comeback,” dressing up in costumes from our childhood. People dressed as their favorite superhero, nostalgic cartoon characters, role models and as historic figures.

The winning costumes of the night were Shrek and Fiona. What do you think of their costume?

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25    Feb 20130 comments

WDYTYA Live 2013: MyHeritage highlights

The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2013 show in London’s Olympia. We enjoyed greeting so many visitors at our booth.

Our team included Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz, Head of Genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris, Chief Content Officer Russ Wilding, Netherlands Community Manager Denie Kasan, Scandinavian Community Manager Sara Silander, German Community Manager Karen Brandel Hägele and Marketing Manager Aaron Godfrey.

The MyHeritage Team

The MyHeritage Team at WDYTYA Live! 2013

Both old friends and new shared fascinating stories of their ancestors and their own family history research experiences.

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22    Feb 20130 comments

WDYTYA Live 2013: MyHeritage day 1 highlights

The MyHeritage Team

The MyHeritage Team

The MyHeritage team are coming to the end of an exciting first day at the 2013 Who Do You Think You Are Live! at London’s Olympia.

We're enjoying seeing all the new faces and meeting old friends at our booth, and hearing everyone's family history stories.

Visitors took advantage of our free workshop presentations to make genealogy - and their unique family search - easier. MyHeritage genealogy experts assisted users to begin a digital family tree, photo tagging, FTB, SmartMatches and more. Come visit us at booth #842 in the next two days for more workshops!
19    Feb 20137 comments

WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet demonstrating the MyHeritage iPhone app at WDYTYA 2012

MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet demonstrating the MyHeritage app at WDYTYA 2012

MyHeritage heads to London this week for the leading family history show, Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, from February 22-24.

The event, at the Olympia Exhibition Halls, features genealogy workshops, expert speakers, vendors and more to help with your family history research.

Come visit the MyHeritage team at booth #842 and participate in some of our exciting activities: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London" »

12    Feb 20130 comments

Mardi Gras: Happy Pancake Day!

Olney Pancake Day Race

Olney Pancake Day Race Image credit: Olneyonline

Today is a most delicious day of the year, Pancake Day.

Pancake Day is also known as  Shrove Tuesday. The meaning of shrove derives from “confess.” The day marks the last day of celebration before 40 days of “shriving” - or absolution for one’s sins - during the Christian festival of Lent.

It was common to host a family feast beginning with luxurious or “fatty” foods not eaten during the weeks of Lent. Sugar, milk and eggs were good ingredients and - combined - formed yummy pancakes.

Worldwide family traditions include:

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5    Feb 20132 comments

Black History Month: Resource roundup

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star, image credit: biography.com

Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, Major League Baseball Star. Image credit: biography.com

In honor of Black History Month, established in 1926 and celebrated in February, here’s a roundup of resources – websites, blogs, repositories and more – to help you learn more about your family. Each resource listed offers more links to additional information.

Today is also the birthday of African American baseball superstar Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, born in 1934.  A major league baseball icon, Aaron is best known for breaking Babe Ruth's home run record. Read more on Aaron.

For many black families with roots in the Southern US states, research can be frustrating. Although African American genealogy research can get back to the 1880s and much earlier, it is difficult for most researchers. Researching their family trees has been almost impossible, as their ancestors' original names were literally erased. Slaves' African given names were replaced by English names and their surnames were those of their owners.

With the advent of new databases and technological tools, research has become much easier. A growing number of individuals are preparing their family stories and discovering images of their unique history. Continue reading "Black History Month: Resource roundup" »

4    Feb 20131 comment

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live!

Want to learn how to delve into your family history and learn from top genealogy experts how to trace your ancestors?

Come and join MyHeritage at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live,” at London's Olympia, booth 842, from February 22-24.

We'll soon be sharing some of the exciting activities we've planned for the event. Now, however, we have free tickets for five lucky readers to attend the family history fair.

All you have to do is answer this question:

What’s the name of MyHeritage’s family history search engine, that lets you browse billions of historical documents and millions of newspaper articles?

For your chance to win, e-mail your answer - by Friday, February 8 - to stories@myheritage.com. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.

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