3    Apr 20140 comments

Uncovering Family History: Live on Fox News

When author Yvette Corporon wrote her recently released novel, When the Cypress Whispers, she delved deep into her family history. She uncovered the tale of her grandparents, who lived on a small Greek island -- and how they, along with their neighbors, hid a Jewish family on the island during the Second World War.

MyHeritage helped Yvette connect with people who know the family that was hidden and she hopes to reunite with them soon.

Yesterday, Yvette was on Fox News Channel's weekday morning show, Fox and Friends, to discuss her new book.

Watch Yvette talk about using MyHeritage for her family research:

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27    Mar 20141 comment

Family History: What we leave for our children

We often think of family history in one direction- what we are learning or "taking from" our ancestors. We rarely take the time to think about give and take in the other direction.

What's the legacy that you would like to leave for your children and for future generations? How are you making sure that it will be passed on?

There are many practices for ensuring that your family history survives into future generations. Perhaps the most crucial is including your children and descendants in your family history research.

By encouraging interest in the family tree from your children, grandchildren and other relatives, they will want to preserve the records for generations to come. Continue reading "Family History: What we leave for our children" »

20    Mar 20140 comments

Family History: Movies and documentaries

Genealogy continually gains popularity around the world, and is increasingly becoming a favorite activity and hobby. More and more people want to research their family history and discover their past.

As the trend grows, there has also been an increase in family history and genealogy-related films and documentaries.

Here are some  films - some still in progress - having to do with family history:

Children of the Inquisition

Filmmaker Joseph Lovett of New York is currently working on a movie focusing on the stories of descendants of Jews who fled Iberia beginning in 1492. Children of the Inquisition follows a group of descendants of those persecuted during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions. It accompanies them as they unravel their complex and often hidden identities. Each of them is on a quest to determine and embrace their ancestral roots. Continue reading "Family History: Movies and documentaries" »

14    Mar 20142 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Free access to Irish record collection

A map of Ireland, c1790

St. Patrick's Day, commemorating the life and work of Ireland's patron saint, is a day full of wonderful and joyous celebrations. This year it is celebrated on Monday, March 17.

In honor of the day, we are happy to give you free access - through March 17 - to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851.

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11    Mar 201455 comments

MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative

Eighty MyHeritage employees from our headquarters in Israel arrived in full force early Sunday morning to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel, to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile application. We felt it was important to practice this ourselves, before we call upon others to join us in this initiative. By gaining hands-on experience, we aimed to create best practices, improve the product and fine-tune methodologies for digitizing cemeteries all around the world in the most efficient manner.

The MyHeritage team at Segula Cemetery (click to zoom).

So what brings a large group of young folks with smartphones to a cemetery? We recently announced a global initiative, together with BillionGraves, to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. It is important to digitize cemeteries because of the key role that gravestones play in family history and in society in general. Most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. In addition, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent.

It was a cloudy morning, with occasional drizzles. Continue reading "MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative" »

5    Mar 20140 comments

Webinar Video: Finding ancestors in US and UK records

We recently hosted a webinar - "How to find ancestors in US and UK records" - featuring two of MyHeritage's experts: director of content production Mike Mansfield and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.

The webinar included a comprehensive overview of our matching technologies to advance your family history research, and the US and UK records available in MyHeritage SuperSearch.

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.

Don’t forget to check our other webinars for even more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.

Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.

3    Mar 20141 comment

Family history: Why are you researching?

Many of us are familiar with the phrase "To know where you are going, you must know where you have been." This age-old idea stresses the importance of learning about our past to help us succeed in the future.

Here are some variations of that same phrase: Continue reading "Family history: Why are you researching?" »

26    Feb 20147 comments

Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!

Where will you be on June 6, 2015?

Author A.J. (“AJ”) Jacobs has plans and he wants you to join him -- at the largest family reunion in history!

(Image credit: United Purpose)

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. He gave a TED talk about what he learned while writing his book, "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible". Continue reading "Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!" »

24    Feb 20140 comments

WDYTYA Live 2014: Highlights

The MyHeritage team had an amazing time at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 show in London this past week. We enjoyed meeting new friends at the event and catching up with members who dropped by our booth to say hello.

Our MyHeritage booth at WDYTYA Live! 2014

The event was was busier than ever this year, with thousands of family historians flocking to the show to search for their ancestors and discover more about their past. Continue reading "WDYTYA Live 2014: Highlights" »

19    Feb 201448 comments

MyHeritage and BillionGraves join forces to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries

We're excited to announce that MyHeritage has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries.

Continue reading "MyHeritage and BillionGraves join forces to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries" »

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