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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1    Apr 20140 comments

New: World’s oldest Jewish newspaper added to SuperSearch

We have added the world's oldest continuously-published Jewish newspaper to our online search engine, SuperSearch, with billions of historical records.

The Jewish Chronicle, popularly known as The JC, is the oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper in England.  The collection dates back to the newspaper's founding, in 1841, and contains over 200,000 newspaper pages.

Start searching The Jewish Chronicle

The newspaper has played a central part in the development of modern Anglo-Jewry, capturing the lives and times of the Jewish community around the globe for almost two centuries. It has interviewed high-profile, leading figures through the years. The JC collection is a valuable resource for historians and genealogists alike. Anyone with Jewish roots in the United Kingdom is bound to find this collection extremely interesting, and is sure to learn more about their ancestors and the times they lived in. Continue reading "New: World’s oldest Jewish newspaper added to SuperSearch" »

31    Mar 20141 comment

Video: MyHeritage team digitizes cemetery

Earlier this month, the employees of MyHeritage's Israel headquarters visited a cemetery to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves app.

We documented over 70% of the entire cemetery, over 50,000 images of gravestones, and it was the single largest event of its kind ever held in Israel. Read more about the event here.

We're now releasing a video about this project with footage from our trip to the cemetery. It includes an explanation from MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, who participated in the trip and who personally digitized some 1,000 gravestones.

He explains the tremendous importance of this global initiative and the value of gravestones for genealogy. Our generation has the necessary tools, and it's our responsibility to get the world's gravestones online before their inscriptions erode. It's a race against time. You can see how easy it is for anyone to get involved and help to preserve these important pieces of family history for future generations.

Watch the video below:

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18    Mar 20142 comments

Webinar: Discover family history through gravestones

Gravestones play a very important role in genealogy, and are a great launching pad for family history investigation.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage's US Genealogy Advisor, will demonstrate the information that can be revealed about your family via gravestones. Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, will join us to discuss our recent partnership with BillionGraves and how you can use their mobile app to help preserve cemeteries for future generations.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/261346007.

Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014.

Time:
1 PM CDT
2 PM EDT
6 PM GMT

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We look forward to seeing you!

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.

23    Feb 20140 comments

Webinar: Creative ways to showcase your family tree

After you've learned about your roots, and discovered your past, there's nothing better than sharing your family history with others.

There are so many ways to display your family history.

(Image credit: libbyjamesblog.com)

Join Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage's US Genealogy Advisor, for a webinar on creative and fun ways to uniquely share your genealogy with your family. Continue reading "Webinar: Creative ways to showcase your family tree" »

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" »

9    Feb 20142 comments

Webinar: How to find ancestors in US and UK records

Do you have ancestors from the US or the UK?

Learn how to find them easily at our free online live demonstration, by learning how to search millions of historical records!

Join Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Production, who will teach you how to search US records. Join Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy, UK, who will present the new UK records. Lastly, but certainly not least, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, will provide an overview of our matching technologies which enable you to advance your family history research.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/614762607

Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Time:
2 PM CST
3 PM EST
8 PM GMT

(To find the time of the webinar for your location please use this Time Zone Converter.)

We look forward to 'seeing' you there!

7    Feb 20142 comments

RootsTech 2014: Day 1

Yesterday, the team set up our booth in the large exhibit hall at RootsTech 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

From an empty space on a concrete floor grew green grass, white cabinets, great graphics and a large circular MyHeritage logo hanging from the ceiling. Computers and cords were retrieved from sturdy travel containers and within a few hours, the screens and keyboards were set up and connected.

The MyHeritage booth at RootsTech 2014


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