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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following RootsTech 2014, the MyHeritage team heads to London for the world’s largest family history show, "Who Do You Think You Are? Live." The eighth annual event takes take place February 20-22 , in National Hall, Olympia.
This great event is packed with genealogy workshops and family history sessions to satisfy all attendees from beginners through advanced family historians. Also, the hall is crowded with exhibitors to help you discover more about your family history.
The MyHeritage Team at WDYTYA will be at stand #530 and includes:
- Daniel Horowitz - Chief Genealogist
- Laurence Harris - Head of Genealogy (UK)
- Aaron Godfrey - Public Relations and Social Media Manager
- Ross Bloom - Marketing Program Manager
- Karen Hägele -Country Manager for Brasil & Portugal
Join MyHeritage at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in London, from February 20-22.
We'll be presenting many exciting talks and workshops, and will soon post what we have planned for the event.
We’re also giving away a free pair of tickets for one lucky reader to join us at WDYTYA?Live 2014!
To enter, share with us the ancestor you'd most like to meet and why.
We will need to receive your story by Tuesday, February 18 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The lucky winner will be chosen and notified by email.
Will we see you at WDYTYA Live 2014? Let us know in the comments below!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Today is a special day, filled with love and happiness. Millions of people around the world will send tokens of their appreciation to friends and family, and say "I love you" to their loved ones.
The best love stories are not ones from the movies or storybooks, but the ones that come from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down from generation to generation.
At MyHeritage, we know how important family and love are in our lives. Last week, we asked you to send in your family's love stories.
This year’s RootsTech 2014 was, as usual, an intense experience – and also much fun!
In addition to each of us working with attendees, covering the entire spectrum from those who hadn’t heard of MyHeritage to those who were very experienced members, it was also a great team experience to bond with team members from our various offices.