24    Sep 20140 comments

New Collection Spotlight: New York State Deaths, 1957-1964

The New York State Death Index contains information on deaths recorded in New York State besides those in New York City.

This collection will help everyone interested in locating New York State death records from 1957 to 1964. The Index contains information on decedents, place and date of death, gender, age at death and the State file number.

Death certificates are a primary source for family information. They are typically issued within days of a death and contain many details about a person's  life.

Certificates often include age, birthplace, parents' names and birthplaces and the cause of death.

This specific database of New York State Deaths compliments the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  While SSDI does contain some records for deaths as far back as the 1930s, it has very little coverage (as a percentage of the population) until the mid-1960s.

16    Sep 201444 comments

Discovering ancestry: Through our toes?

Some say that the eyes are a mirror into soul, but many experts will argue that it's the feet that can tell you much about a person.

While family trees and historical records are the more common tools leading to family history discoveries, our own bodies can teach us about our family heritage.

Reflexologists often claim that they are able to interpret a lot about a person's personality just from their feet. In Imre Somogyi's book, "The Language of the Feet," he writes how ancestry can be determined just by the shape of our feet.

Other people have turned to interpreting their heritage through zodiac signs, and even palm reading, to provide clues about their past and future.

Have you found any unique ways to learn more about your heritage? Does the above picture reflect your ancestry? Let us know in the comments below.

11    Sep 201410 comments

Tools of the Trade: Newspaper research

Local notes from the Spanish American newspaper (pg 12; February 6, 1905, Roy, Mora County, New Mexico)

MyHeritage's US genealogy advisor, Schelly Talalay Dardashti, describes how historic newspapers add life to our family trees.

Old newspapers are treasure troves of family information. If your family lived for a long time in one location, then local papers likely hold information about your relatives.

Such details include birth, marriage and death announcements. If your ancestors owned businesses, there may be legal records or advertisements. Social announcements, real estate records, school graduations, athletic events and even the costs of consumer goods at the time can provide a glimpse into your family and also provide a backdrop as to what life was like for them at a certain point in history.

In the Spanish American (published in Roy, Mora County, New Mexico) page 12 of the February 6, 1906 edition offers local notes such as these (see left). We learn who went where and why, business announcements and who was sick. If your family is one of those mentioned, here’s a very personal look into what happened around that time.

No matter where you live around the world, local historic newspapers provide fascinating information available nowhere else.

Although current events and major historic events are of great interest, it is the personal and cultural reporting that may be of more interest to family historians. Consumer goods are only one area of life detailed in historic newspapers, and those published in major ports (such as San Francisco and New York City) published ship arrivals, the cargo carried, as well as passengers. Continue reading "Tools of the Trade: Newspaper research" »

7    Sep 20141 comment

MyHeritage featured on prime time news

This weekend, MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet was interviewed on Israel's leading prime time TV news show to discuss MyHeritage and some of its pro bono projects. These include discovering heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated in WWII, returning looted art to its rightful owners and our global crowdsourcing project with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world's cemeteries.

Our technologies are helping millions of families around the world discover more about their history. We're happy to take our mission several steps further by proactively initiating and executing important projects that have the potential to make the world a better place. Watch the video clip with English subtitles below:

We're proud of our motto to not only do well, but also do good, and we will strive to continue in this direction in the years ahead.

3    Sep 20142 comments

MyHeritage and BillionGraves honored for global crowdsourcing project

We work hard to provide greater access to family history information and so were thrilled to be awarded the Presidential Citation at the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) conference this past weekend, along with BillionGraves, for our partnership in promoting the preservation of international burial locations.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies was established in 1976 and represents more than 500 member genealogy and history societies, including over a half-million individual members. You can learn more about FGS in our genealogy society spotlight blog post.

Gravestones are a great resource for family history investigation and a useful tool to learn more about your ancestors. They provide detailed information such as names, dates of birth and death and often describe personality. However, natural wear and tear means that these important family history sources need to be preserved before it’s too late. Together, MyHeritage and BillionGraves launched a global initiative to digitize cemeteries and gravestones to preserve these gravestones by making them accessible for free online to millions to aid in their family history research.

Watch the video below to hear MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet explain the tremendous importance of this project and the value of gravestones for genealogy.

Continue reading "MyHeritage and BillionGraves honored for global crowdsourcing project" »

21    Aug 20141 comment

Golden Genealogy Rules: Webinar

What’s the best way to begin your family tree?  What should you look out for in historical records to learn more about your ancestors? These are just some of the questions Australian Geneablogger Shauna Hicks spoke about in last week’s webinar on the Golden Rules of Genealogy.

Shauna gave great tips and tricks to jumpstart your family history research and help discover more about your ancestors, build a family tree and how to uncover information from historical records.

Don’t worry if you happened to miss out!  Click on the video below for the whole webinar.

Want more genealogy tips? Check our other webinars for more ways to help make your family history research easier.

Start your journey of discovery today, build a free family tree, and let us know what you find out!

15    Aug 20141 comment

Free access to millions of Australian records

Do you have Australian ancestry? Would you like to learn more about the lives of your ancestors and uncover your family history?

In honor of Australian National Family History Month, we invite you to discover your Australian heritage with FREE access to many of our Australian record collections from August 15-22, 2014. Continue reading "Free access to millions of Australian records" »

11    Aug 20143 comments

Golden Genealogy Rules: Tips to uncover your family heritage

Join Australian family history expert and geneablogger Shauna Hicks for an interactive webinar for tips and tricks to jump start your family history research.

She’ll highlight the golden rules of genealogy for discovering more about your ancestors, building your family tree and learning more about your family heritage. Sign up now.

Continue reading "Golden Genealogy Rules: Tips to uncover your family heritage" »

9    Aug 20141 comment

Genealogy Tips: ‘Trim’ your Family Tree

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of preserving your family history and documenting our family history discoveries.

We’re always eager to add new details, and sometimes forget to to look back at our previous entries and fill in the missing pieces of our research.

Here are a few tips to help “trim” and edit your family tree to make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest family information.

1. Merge Duplicates


Over time it’s possible that a person may be listed more than once in a family tree. With the Check for Duplicates feature in Family Tree Builder, it’s easy to run a duplicate check on your family tree. To use this feature, go to Tools and Check for Duplicates. You can then merge and edit those duplicates accordingly. Continue reading "Genealogy Tips: ‘Trim’ your Family Tree" »

16    Jul 20140 comments

MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day

Join MyHeritage and the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) for NEHGS Family History Day on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Taking place at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, this exciting one-day workshop is a great way to learn how to make the most of your family history research.

Continue reading "MyHeritage sponsors NEHGS Family History Day" »

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