Always busy, this trip follows his recent participation at Who Do You Think You Are Live! in London.
He'll also speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on general genealogy topics and what MyHeritage and WorldVitalRecords offers to family historians and genealogists.
He has a multi-faceted role at MyHeritage. With more than 20 years of genealogy experience, Daniel provides key contributions in product development, customer support and public relations; working with genealogy societies, bloggers and media; as well as speaking and attending conferences around the world. He also heads our translation department, where he has been instrumental in increasing MyHeritage’s global support for 38 languages for our website and software.
The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 show in London’s Olympia, attended by some 15,000 visitors.
The team included CEO and founder Gilad Japhet, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, head of genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, along with UK/US community manager Aaron Godfrey, former UK community manager James Sanderson, Netherlands community manager Denie Kasan and support representative Aviv Ben-Arie.
We enjoyed meeting with old friends and prospective members during the show. Many new users registered at the booth, while many existing members spent time with our team, shared their stories and sought assistance in advancing their family research.
RootsTech has quickly become the biggest genealogy conference in the United States. This year, more than 4,300 people attended.
For MyHeritage it was a very successful, as people happily welcomed us, the booth was constantly crowded, and we had a lot of fun. Also, our founder and CEO and Gilad Japhet's presentation on the soon-to-be-released SuperSearch was one of the most attended and anticipated. See our slideshow below:
We thank Banai Feldstein for sharing her photos with us.
Genealogy conferences are about content, of course, but more so about the people! We love to see our old friends and meet new ones.
People came from afar, and the MyHeritage team always enjoys meeting face-to-face with people with whom our only contact during the year is email or Skype. It is also an opportunity to hear from happy MyHeritage users.
Following our successful RootsTech 2012 participation, the MyHeritage team now heads to London for the Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE family history show. Some 17,000 attendees are anticipated over the three-day event, Friday-Sunday, February 24-26.
The event will be held in the National Hall at the Olympia Exhibition Halls on Olympia Way, and features many expert speakers on diverse topics, workshops, many genealogy related vendors and more.
MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris will give the Keynote Presentation - “Breaking Down the Barriers with Social Networking – Strategies and Tricks” – at 1pm Saturday, followed by a Q&A panel session, with genealogy experts D. Joshua Taylor, Lisa Louise Cooke, Peter Christian, Paul Howes and Daniel Lynch.
The WDYTYA team includes:
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.
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:
Although she came to the throne on this day in 1952, her coronation took place on June 2, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II is the male-line great-granddaughter of Edward VII, who inherited the crown from his mother, Queen Victoria. His father, Victoria's consort, was Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Queen Elizabeth is a patrilineal descendant of Albert's family, the German House of Wettin. This princely house claims other notables, such as King Albert II of Belgium and former King Simeon II of Bulgaria.
Through Victoria - and several of her great-great-grandparents, Elizabeth is directly descended from many British royals:
It was another exciting day at RootsTech. The MyHeritage booth was very busy all day, as the team told those who stopped by how MyHeritage and World Vital Records can help advance their research. Visitors were a mix of those new to MyHeritage, along with those who were already members.
A large audience heard Dave Barney of Google present the many uses of Google for genealogy. He demonstrated various features, ranging from Google Maps and how to pinpoint your ancestors on a street level view map and how to zoom in to their historic homes, churches and more to show your family’s living history. He shared a photo of the Swedish church – still standing - where his ancestors were married more than two centuries ago. The building was shown in Google street view.
MyHeritage’s experience at RootsTech has been a success, from setup to live hangouts and a very busy booth on the first day.
The team began setting up Wednesday afternoon. Our booth is a real standout with double arches of balloons in the MyHeritage logo colors. Everyone knows where our booth is located as the colorful balloons fly high above the exhibit floor.
MyHeritage Super Search
Today, the opening day, our CEO/founder Gilad Japhet demonstrated the new MyHeritage Super Search technology. The new online research system greatly expands search functionality and takes into account user errors, common name variations, and other important details which, in the past, have not been included in most ancestral searches. There are many options to filter results by collections, via additional refining, advanced search and filtering capabilities as demonstrated in his presentation. This exciting new research system is still under development.
MyHeritage will be at both RootsTech (February 2-4, Salt Lake City) and at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE! (February, London UK). Stay tuned for more information about both events.
Of course, all of us interested in family history are looking forward to the new season of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?, with the celebrity lineup just announced.
In 2011, I was happy to attend many genealogy conferences.
These events included the annual events of the National Genealogical Society (Charleston, South Carolina), Southern California Genealogical Jamboree (Burbank, California), IAJGS International Jewish Genealogy Conference (Washington, DC) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (Springfield, Illinois).