12    Jan 201533 comments

Understanding Dates: Five common mistakes to avoid

This post was written by Laurence Harris, Head of Genealogy UK at MyHeritage.

It is important to record key events of our ancestors, including the date when each event occurred.

Usually several sources indicate an event's date. For example, for a death: the date may be indicated on a death certificate, a headstone, a newspaper obituary and in a Grant of Probate (which authorizes distribution of a deceased person's estate). However, those dates would have been documented using the calendar and recording conventions of the geographical location and time when the event originally took place, rather than the calendar and conventions with which today's researcher would be familiar. Failure to take into account the original context of an event or document often results in mistakes in understanding when an event actually happened.

Here are five of the most common mistakes that can occur in interpreting dates, together with suggestions as to how these mistakes can be avoided or corrected. Continue reading "Understanding Dates: Five common mistakes to avoid" »

10    Jan 20150 comments

Guest Webinar: Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs

The Global Family Reunion mega-event is only a few months away!  Join well-known author, journalist, editor and genealogist A.J. Jacobs in a free webinar, as he talks about his mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history.

A.J. will discuss his family history discoveries on his genealogical journey, his quest to see how everyone is related, and give tips to jumpstarting your own family history research.

Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5784140710650302465.

Continue reading "Guest Webinar: Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs" »

3    Jan 20153 comments

New Year’s Resolution: Family history research

2015 is here! Have you thought about what you'd like to accomplish this year in your family history research?

Here are some tips for a successful year in your genealogy journey: Continue reading "New Year’s Resolution: Family history research" »

27    Dec 20140 comments

Genealogy tips: Organizing family history research

As we get more involved in our family history research, we acquire more and more information, papers, notes and photos that clutter up our  homes.

To avoid losing these valuable pieces of family history, it’s important to find ways to organize and keep track of your family history research discoveries.

Here are some tips on how to to gather that information, preserve and organize it, so nothing gets lost. Continue reading "Genealogy tips: Organizing family history research" »

15    Dec 20140 comments

10 Ways To Uncover Your Grandparents’ Hidden Stories

Whether it’s old photos, strange names, family stories or traditions, our grandparents offer a treasure trove of precious family information that should be documented and shared.

Storytelling is a great way to create a stronger family bond, share family moments and have our children and grandchildren feel part of a grander history. Children love listening to stories and looking at old photographs. Seeing a family tree filled with images of people they may or may not know will peak their curiousity to ask many questions and learn about their heritage. Continue reading "10 Ways To Uncover Your Grandparents’ Hidden Stories" »

4    Dec 20148 comments

Digitizing Cemeteries: MyHeritage is at it again (with friends)!

As part of the global initiative we launched with BillionGraves earlier this year, the MyHeritage team recruited a group of enthusiastic volunteers to continue our efforts to digitize cemeteries.

After successfully digitizing a medium sized cemetery of historical significance earlier this year (see video), we decided to undertake our biggest challenge yet - to digitize Israel's largest cemetery - with over 200,000 graves. So earlier this week, we embarked on a one-of-a-kind project to photograph all headstones of the huge Holon cemetery in central Israel.

This was one of largest events of its kind ever organized - in the world!

The best aspect of the event was the true collaboration between MyHeritage and all leading genealogy organizations in Israel, in addition to MyHeritage power users. In total, some 120 people joined our initiative and participated, and approximately 150,000 gravestone photos were taken throughout the day! It was heart warming to see such collaboration among so many people who care about genealogy, from all ages, and all groups, working together to create an incredible resource that is free for all to use.

The day began at 8:30am - with MyHeritage employees and volunteers arriving at our offices - and ended at 6:30pm.

29    Nov 20142 comments

Historical Masterpieces: ‘Downton Abbey’ and more

Recently, many historical television series have become very popular. What is it about this genre that appeals to us? What draws us to them?

Perhaps it's about getting a glimpse of what life was like in times gone by. We feel more connected to our ancestors when we learn more about their lives and times. It's the same feeling that draws many of us to genealogy and family history research. The achievements and struggles faced by our ancestors serve as lessons for our own future. After all, history is known to repeat itself.

One such show is the British series, "Downton Abbey," which has swept a nation and also has become popular in other countries, as well. It is now  into its fifth season.

Downton Abbey (Image credit: ITV)

"Downton Abbey" follows the Crawley family through major events in history, showing the effects on their lives. The series opened with news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, followed by the outbreak of the WWI, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second season. It dealt with the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third season, the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth, and the general election of 1923 in the UK in the current season. Continue reading "Historical Masterpieces: ‘Downton Abbey’ and more" »

9    Nov 20142 comments

Webinar: Discover your military ancestors

Do you have ancestors who fought and died in service? Would you like to learn more about their military history?

In honor of Remembrance Day and Veterans Day on November 11, we’re offering a special free webinar about digging deeper into military records to uncover the stories of your ancestors' pasts.

Continue reading "Webinar: Discover your military ancestors" »

31    Oct 20142 comments

Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more

Ditch the flashlight this Halloween and take a trip through MyHeritage’s online graveyards.

We've found over 100,000 Freddy Kruegers, 6,000 Munster families and 5,000 Frankensteins in our vast database of over 5.5 billion historical records!

If that hasn’t spooked you enough, we found over 2 million death records from people around the world who died last year on Halloween. Continue reading "Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more" »

23    Oct 20148 comments

Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!

We're happy to announce that we've just added millions of new records to SuperSearch.

The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past.

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The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.

The collections include: Continue reading "Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!" »

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