20    Mar 20141 comment

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 20143 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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Continue reading "St. Patrick’s Day: Free access to Irish record collection" »

11    Mar 201464 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 20148 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 201456 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" »

18    Feb 20141 comment

WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London

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

These demonstrations will be presented every day at our booth: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London" »

16    Feb 20140 comments

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live 2014!

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 stories@myheritage.com. 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!

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