31    Dec 20130 comments

2013: A MyHeritage year in review

What a year 2013 has been! As we come to the end of the year, we want to look back at some of 2013's highlights at MyHeritage.

This year, we launched many new exciting features and cutting-edge technologies. We added billions of historical records, adding even more global historical content and made it easier for you to research your family history. Continue reading "2013: A MyHeritage year in review" »

29    Dec 20131 comment

Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories

Discussing family history with our children is a very good way, say many experts, to increase their connections to family. This includes our family traditions, stories, myths and holiday rituals.

Today - with the many tools and features of global family history site MyHeritage.com - it is easier than ever to record, preserve and transmit your family’s unique story to your children and down through future generations. Continue reading "Our Children: Sharing our unique family histories" »

13    Dec 201321 comments

Surnames: Different countries, different traditions

Surnames or family names are the part of a person’s name that is passed down through families, or given according to law or custom. Many cultures have different customs for how names are passed from generation to generation.

Surnames originate from the relatively "recent" medieval custom of bynames, or names given to differentiate people.

Continue reading "Surnames: Different countries, different traditions" »

8    Dec 20138 comments

Dear Santa: Then and now

"Dear Santa..."

As Christmas nears, millions of children around the world are using these two words to begin their letters to Santa , with the hope he will bring what they want.

These letters are often sent by obliging parents to Santa's home at the North Pole. However, back in time, it was popular to send "Dear Santa" letters to a local newspaper, which published them.

Our newspaper collection includes over 120 million pages dating back to 1609, and a quick search using the keywords "Dear Santa" brings really interesting results... Continue reading "Dear Santa: Then and now" »

5    Dec 20130 comments

Webinar: Family history and the holidays

The holidays are coming!

Looking for ways to get your family members - both young and old - more involved in your genealogy research?

Join Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage US Genealogy Advisor, for a webinar on ways to inspire your family, spark their interest in genealogy, and how to encourage them to contribute to your MyHeritage family site.

Register for free

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Time: 2-3pm EST, 7-8pm GMT

12    Nov 201312 comments

Our Stories: 50 steps to a family connection!

Some family history researchers begin their geneajourney quite by accident, as did MyHeritage member Niels Bjerre Hansen of Denmark.

Niels, 56, was born in Vindum, Viborg, Denmark and lives with his wife Hanne Moeller Hansen, an intensive care nurse, in Roedkaersbro, Viborg. They have three grown children: Louise is an oil industry design engineer, Marie is an assistant attorney and Christine is a nurse.

He studied electronic engineering and graduated in 1984.

Niels has worked in the wind turbine industry as a development manager in the electronics department. Today he works at a small electronics company making high-end audio equipment as a production technician.

He became interested in family history quite by accident.

Niels made this graphic to show his family connections (Click to zoom)

Continue reading "Our Stories: 50 steps to a family connection!" »

30    Oct 20130 comments

Millions of gravestone records and obituaries added to SuperSearch

As Halloween approaches we’re excited to bring you new tricks and treats to help you find out more about your ancestors. We’re happy to announce that we've added millions of gravestone records and obituaries to SuperSearch, our online search engine for billions of historical records.

This new addition includes 5.5 million gravestone records from BillionGraves and 3.5 million obituaries from Tributes.com.

Search the BillionGraves and Tributes collections now

Continue reading "Millions of gravestone records and obituaries added to SuperSearch" »

24    Oct 201332 comments

Competition: Family Heirlooms

Congratulations to Sharon Black, winner of last week’s competition, who won a free data subscription for her and for her friend who helps with her research.

Today is our last competition in honor of Family History Month and we want to hear about your family history finds.

We all keep vintage treasures which carry exciting stories about our pasts. Regardless of whether it is a photo, a piece of jewelry, a family document or historical record, our family heirlooms are keys to our family history.

What are the most precious family heirlooms in your family? Do you have your grandmother’s antique hairbrush? How about a silly family photo?

Comment below - by October 31, 2013 - with the most unique heirloom you have, and we’ll choose one winner to receive a a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.

Remember, we’re looking for the most interesting, creative and original heirlooms.

Good luck!

21    Oct 20130 comments

Genealogy Tips: Interviewing relatives

Many people enjoy telling and listening to stories to learn about their family history. Interviewing a relative is a great way to start documenting their knowledge and add details to your family tree.

Last week, Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy UK presented a webinar on how to interview family relatives.

Don’t worry if you happened to miss out! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.

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

Do you have additional tips on how to interview family members? Or, have you discovered something new about your family as you interviewed a relative? Let us know in the comments below!

19    Oct 20133 comments

Our Stories: Papa’s Diary

Wouldn't it be exciting to read the diary of an ancestor who recorded his or her daily activities?

Matt Unger, a 40-ish software executive in New York, was handed his grandfather Harry Scheurman’s 1924 diary, written when he was 29 and had been in the US for 11 years. Matt has transcribed each journal entry at his website http://papasdiary.blogspot.com. Scheurman had immigrated from Sniatyn, then in Austro-Hungary.

Matt’s project received coverage in The New York Times.

As we hear more frequently these days, family history researchers are getting bitten by the genealogy bug at ever younger ages. Although Matt was given the pocket-sized diary for a fifth-grade family history project, it wasn't until Thanksgiving 2007 that he examined it closely and decided to transcribe it.

MyHeritage interviewed Matt via email and is happy to offer his comments on this wonderful and very personal project. Continue reading "Our Stories: Papa’s Diary" »

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