14    Jun 20126 comments

Today is Family History Day!

Although Family History Month comes in October, here’s a chance to jumpstart your family tree project today, June 14 – Family History Day.

What a great day to talk about family history with our families. The summer season is full of reunions, graduations, weddings and other family sharing opportunities.

Here are some ideas: Continue reading "Today is Family History Day!" »

8    Jun 20120 comments

Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!

Who would have guessed that Hollywood would be part of this year's Jamboree theme in Burbank, California? This year, we are "Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS! Spotlight on Family History."

The event's regular attendees expect social media guru Thomas MacEntee's bling, and the geneabloggers' New Orleans-style beads and ribbons, but having the American Idol Top 10 in our hotel - in addition to auditions for another popular music show - is a great way to add life to a genealogy conference. 

American Idol Top Ten winners DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez and Joshua Ledet

Three of the American Idol Top Ten finalists (from left): DeAndre Brackensick, Jessica Sanchez (#2) and Joshua Ledet (#3)

Sitting at the unofficial bloggers table with a famous geneablogger,  Daniel Horowitz and Mark Olsen pulled up the American Idol 2012 website for a photo of the finalists. 

Continue reading "Jamboree: Lights, camera, action, Idols!" »

4    Jun 20120 comments

MyHeritage: Time for Jamboree!

Jamboree ArtworkMyHeritage is getting ready for the Southern California Genealogical Society's 43rd annual Jamboree in Burbank (Los Angeles) CA, from Friday-Sunday, June 8-10.

Prior to the main event, the popular Family History Writers Conference takes place on Thursday, June 7, with authors, writers and speakers presenting.

Some 1,700 attendees are expected at Jamboree - the largest regional event in the US - and we're looking forward to meeting all of them! The MyHeritage team includes chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, business development manager and genealogist Mark Olsen and quality assurance and technical support specialist Tara McIntosh.

MyHeritage team members will be presenting several programs.
Continue reading "MyHeritage: Time for Jamboree!" »

3    Jun 20122 comments

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Congratulations, Ma’am!

Queen Elizabeth IIThis weekend we celebrate 60 years - the Diamond Jubilee - of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth of York on 21 April 1926, and was third in line to the throne, after Edward, Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII), and The Duke of York, her father.

When King George V, the Queen's grandfather, died in 1936, Edward VIII became King. However, within a year the King abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson. This meant that the Queen's father, King George VI, became King, thus putting the now-Queen first in line to the throne.

Continue reading "The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Congratulations, Ma’am!" »

30    May 20120 comments

Colorado Family History Expo 2012: Come say hello!

MyHeritage's US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and business development manager and genealogist Mark Olsen are heading off to the Colorado Springs (Colorado) Family History Expo 2012 this weekend, Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

In-demand speakers, each will  present several programs, in addition to staffing the booth (#9,10). Here's a preview of their sessions:

Schelly and Mark

Schelly and Mark

Continue reading "Colorado Family History Expo 2012: Come say hello!" »

28    May 20120 comments

Memorial Day: Honoring the fallen

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the US.

Over the weekend, flags fly at half-mast, graves are decorated with flowers and family members pay their respects at national cemeteries. Ceremonies honoring fallen soldiers - of all wars and conflicts - take place across the country.

In many places, Boy Scout Troops - as part of their commitment to community service - place flags on each soldier’s grave.

See below two newspaper articles  on the holiday, from the New York Sun (May 31, 1872) and the Hawaiian Gazette (May 30, 1911). Click on each article image to see the original page from the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site, and learn more.

The day was first observed in 1865 to remember fallen Civil War soldiers; it was then called Decoration Day.

The Hawaiian Gazette reported on Decoration Day (Credit: Library of Congress, Chronicling America, Hawaiian Gazette)

Continue reading "Memorial Day: Honoring the fallen" »

22    May 20121 comment

Poll: Your family’s favorite sports team

stadium

Sports are a traditional part of family entertainment.

Allegiance to specific teams - which team you cheer for - is something generally passed down through the generations.

Baseball, basketball, football, soccer, rugby, cricket - so many teams with associations to certain cities. To New Yorkers, it will always be the "Brooklyn" Dodgers, even though they left for other parts long ago, while Chicagoans will always love "Da Bears."

We go with our families to sporting events. We support the same team, we console each other when they lose and celebrate when they win. Our family team is part of our shared family experience.

I remember going with my family to watch football games, and I imagine taking my own children, when they're old enough to appreciate it.

We're interested in learning if you have a family team. Does your family cheer on the same team? Or, do  you support rival teams? Let us know via the poll below.


21    May 20121 comment

Washington, DC: NARA Genealogy Fair

Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz was recently in Washington, DC, for the Eighth NARA Genealogy Fair. Here's his report.

Credit: archives.gov

The National Archives, Washington DC (Credit: archives.gov)

On my recent visit to Washington, I met with representatives of the National Archives and the US Holocaust Museum, but also spent time at the Library of Congress and do some genealogy research.

Although MyHeritage didn’t have a table in the exhibit tent, it was nice to see long time friends including geneablogger DearMyrtle (and Mr. Myrtle), members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington, the Fairfax (Virginia) Genealogy Society, and those from other genealogy companies. Continue reading "Washington, DC: NARA Genealogy Fair" »

17    May 20122 comments

On the Road: A visit with Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman

Dick Eastman

This post was co-authored by MyHeritage US genealogy adviser, Schelly Talalay Dardashti and MyHeritage business development manager and genealogist, Mark Olsen.

One of the most recognized names in the genealogy world, Dick Eastman is synonymous with geneablogging and using technology to improve your family history experience.

At the recent National Genealogical Society conference in Cincinnati, the MyHeritage team saw a chance to spend some personal time with Dick - and tour his recreational vehicle (RV) - we jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading "On the Road: A visit with Dick Eastman" »

16    May 20122 comments

NGS 2012: Recap

MyHeritage Team with Dennis Brimhall CEO of FamilySearch

MyHeritage Team with Dennis Brimhall CEO of FamilySearch

Last week, the MyHeritage team was kept very busy in a whirlwind of work, learning and fun at very well attended National Genealogical Society's 2012 conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

On Wednesday, the team was busy at the booth answering questions and providing more information to attendees who had heard about MyHeritage from speakers who spoke about our very social family trees, WorldVitalRecords.com data, facial recognition technology and much more. Continue reading "NGS 2012: Recap" »

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