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" »

15    May 20121 comment

International Day of Families: Balancing work and life

Work / life balanceToday, May 15, is International Day of Families.

This annual event was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. It’s a day for reflecting on the importance of family and for raising awareness of issues affecting families across the globe.

The theme of this year's International Day of Families is "Ensuring work family balance."

Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is one of the major challenges of modern life. We may work longer or shorter hours than our ancestors, but we live further away from family who are traditionally our key support network.

We constantly strive to succeed in our careers, but with the world becoming smaller and more digital, we are always online and always connected so that we can stay on top of our ever-increasing workloads.

According to AOL’s 4th annual ‘Email Addiction’ survey, 62% of people check work email on weekends.

How can we ensure that we reach a healthy balance of personal life and work? Continue reading "International Day of Families: Balancing work and life" »

10    May 20121 comment

NGS: Day one

This post is also published on the WorldVitalRecords blog (part of the MyHeritage family).

NGS 2012 began today with a huge line to enter the exhibit hall.

NGS 2012 Kicks Off

NGS 2012 Kicks Off

Exhibit hall traffic was heavy throughout the day as thousands came to get a good deal on products and services and find answers to their genealogy questions. Continue reading "NGS: Day one" »

8    May 20122 comments

NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati

Schelly and Mark preparing for take-off

From right: Schelly, Mark and Chris (a MyHeritage friend) on the way to NGS!

MyHeritage is at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, taking place this week in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) from May 9-12.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity for genealogists and anyone interested in family history research to get together and share ideas.

NGS was established more than a century ago - in Washington DC, in 1903. It provides education and training for the genealogy community and promotes access to and preservation of genealogical records.

Everyone at NGS is invited to visit MyHeritage (booths 331-430), where we can personally greet you, and offer some exciting activities: Continue reading "NGS 2012: MyHeritage heads to Cincinnati" »

2    May 20120 comments

Down Under: A visit to Australia

Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage's chief genealogistMyHeritage's chief genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, recently visited Australia. Here's his report.

In March, I traveled “down under” to Australia.

I was invited by the South Australian Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) to present a keynote talk at the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry. I spoke about how we share and preserve memories in today’s digital age. In addition, I presented a program about MyHeritage’s unique and well-known facial recognition technology, which helps researchers discover relatives in family photos.

The conference was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed meeting some long time genealogy community friends and speaking with regional experts. While staffing our exhibit hall booth, I greeted MyHeritage users and informed others about the advantages and features MyHeritage offers. Continue reading "Down Under: A visit to Australia" »

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
Los Angeles, 11am

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.

26    Apr 20120 comments

Heritage: This is Preservation Week!

Preservation Week is celebrated in the US during the week of April 22-28.

Although it was created in 2010 to raise awareness of some 630 million items in institutions which require immediate care, it also focuses on protecting personal and family history collections.

Some 80% of institutions have no paid staff to care for collections; and 22% have no staff at all (paid or not) for that purpose. An estimated 2.6 billion items are not covered by an emergency plan, and are in danger from disasters.

Events and programs over the week bring attention to the fact that personal items, family history and community collections are also at risk.

Check out the event’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/preservationweek, and follow their tweets at #preswk.

During Preservation Week, libraries all over the US offer events, activities and resources that help us  preserve personal and shared collections. Continue reading "Heritage: This is Preservation Week!" »

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