22    Mar 20166 comments

Guest Post: Sprucing Up Your Family’s History

This is a guest post by Leslie Albrecht Huber, a genealogy writer, and speaker. She has written over 100 articles published in a variety of history and family history outlets. She loves speaking to groups on genealogy topics, particularly those focused on German genealogy, tracing immigrant ancestors, social history, and writing family histories. Leslie has spoken in over 20 U.S. states, on "Good Morning America" and on NPR (National Public Radio). Her book, "The Journey Takers," was published in 2010.

We’ve all read family histories that begin something like this: “My great-grandmother, Mary Smith, was born on June 3, 1890, in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Sarah Smith and John Smith. She had two older brothers and three younger sisters.”

With nothing story-like to them, these histories are little more than lists of details strung together in paragraph format. They may be packed full of well-researched information, but many readers will struggle to get beyond the first few pages before they find their mind wandering or their eyes drifting closed. Continue reading "Guest Post: Sprucing Up Your Family’s History" »

13    Mar 20169 comments

19 Jokes All Genealogists Will Appreciate

Genealogists take family history research very seriously. However, we all still love good genealogy humor.

We hope you can take a break — from searching for your great-great-great-grandmother — to check out our favorite genealogy jokes. They're sure to make genealogists and non-genealogists alike chuckle.

  1. "My ancestors are so hard to find, they must have been in a witness protection program!" Continue reading "19 Jokes All Genealogists Will Appreciate" »
9    Mar 20161 comment

Video: Getting Started with Your Family History

We recently hosted a webinar — Getting Started with Your Family History — featuring our US genealogy expert, Schelly Talalay Dardashti.

Researching your family history can be incredibly eye-opening, revealing connections that you never dreamed of, and ties to faraway places from past centuries. Schelly discussed the importance of family history research, as well as hints and tips for where to begin.

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 many more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.

Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.

3    Mar 20161 comment

Over 5 million Dutch Records Added to SuperSearch™

We have just added over 5 million Dutch records to MyHeritage SuperSearch™, including Birth, Marriage and Death records from the Rotterdam City Archives. Hailing from the Dutch province of South Holland, this collection represents an extremely valuable part of Rotterdam heritage from the early 19th century and on.

Rotterdam in 1888 (Image Credit: Wikipedia)

Search the Rotterdam City Archives now!

The three collections included are: Continue reading "Over 5 million Dutch Records Added to SuperSearch™" »

25    Feb 201613 comments

Introducing Record Detective™ II

We're thrilled to announce that we've released Record Detective™ II, a powerful technology that advances your family history research further than ever before.

It was almost three years ago, when we announced the launch of Record Detective, a technology that generates new leads and discoveries. With the Record Detective™, records found in MyHeritage SuperSearch™ automatically point to additional records and family tree profiles relating to the same person.

The power of transitivity, and its limitation

Previously, Record Detective™ used transitivity: if record A was matched by person B in a family tree, and person B matched person C in another family tree, and person C matched record D, then records A and D were considered matches and the Record Detective™ pointed from each one of them to the other. This allowed magical discoveries, for example, a birth record could point at a newspaper article about the wedding of the same person! This simulates advanced deductions that previously only a human genealogist could make, as the birth record doesn't even name the person that our protagonist would eventually marry. However, this power came with a limitation: the Record Detective™ was only able to find information when there was at least one family tree profile on MyHeritage matching the record, and the existence of such a profile on MyHeritage isn't guaranteed: about half the historical records on MyHeritage do not have a matching family tree profile yet.

Challenging the Detective

This limitation bothered our engineering team, and they set out to improve the technology. The next generation of this technology was supposed to be so good, that it would "seriously challenge the greatest Detective of all time", and thus the project was fondly nicknamed "Professor Moriarty" by our team.

The new generation of the technology released now, Record Detective™ II, overcomes the transitivity limitation and on top of all the matches it was able to provide before, it adds also direct record-to-record matches, even for records that have no matching family tree profiles on MyHeritage.

More matches

The result is Sherlock Holmes on steroids: a much greater number of matching documents for each record. This powerful new technology has yielded a staggering number of 2.2 additional billion matches. Record Detective™ II provides new information and clues to take your family history research to newer heights. It does all this without sacrificing accuracy.

Continue reading "Introducing Record Detective™ II" »

5    Feb 201610 comments

Introducing Family Tree Builder 8.0

We're excited to announce the release of a new version of our popular free software, Family Tree Builder (FTB). New version 8.0 has all of the features that you know and love, with a totally rewritten internal infrastructure that adds support for very large family trees (up to 500,000 individuals), and delivers faster performance.

Download Family Tree Builder 8.0 for FREE now Continue reading "Introducing Family Tree Builder 8.0" »

3    Feb 20160 comments

We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!

RootsTech is the largest family history event in the world. It runs from February 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme is "Celebrating Families across Generations."

The conference is always exciting, and offers many opportunities to learn about family history as well as the new technologies that bring families together and help make family history discoveries easier.

Will you be there? Continue reading "We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!" »

30    Jan 20168 comments

New: Audio Recordings for interviewing your relatives

We’ve just released a new feature in the MyHeritage mobile app: Audio Recordings. You can now interview your relatives directly from their profile in the family tree, and store your family's stories for future generations in your MyHeritage family site.

The MyHeritage mobile app is free. It's available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and it lets you access and enhance your family tree on the go. The Audio Recordings feature is now available in both the iOS and Android versions of the mobile app.

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Oral interviews are vital in family history research. Our relatives are a treasure trove of precious family information. Unfortunately, our family members don't stay with us forever, and when they are gone, their memories and stories may be lost. This is where Audio Recordings come in. With this feature, it is now easier than ever to record your family’s unique stories and preserve them for future generations. They are very simple to create and edit, and convenient for both interviewer and interviewee. Continue reading "New: Audio Recordings for interviewing your relatives" »

13    Jan 20162 comments

How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Many people want to start building their family tree and researching their family history, but they have no clue as to where to begin. Often the first few steps are the hardest.

Here are some tips for getting started on your family tree:

  1. Collect the information you already have and search for more. Continue reading "How Do I Start My Family Tree?" »
20    Dec 20156 comments

Family Mysteries: Revealed through holiday cards and letters

This is a guest post by genealogist James L. Tanner, a retired trial attorney from Arizona now living in Utah. He is the author of two popular genealogy blogs, Genealogy's Star and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. With over 30 years of genealogy experience, he currently volunteers at the Brigham Young University Family History Library in Provo, Utah.

Many countries around the world have a tradition of sending greeting cards to friends and relatives during the holiday seasons. In the United States, there is also a strong tradition of sending family letters at the end of the year reviewing important events. In the last 100 years or so, these holiday cards and letters  have also contained photos and valuable information about family members. Sometimes the information contained in a card or on a photo may be priceless and could resolve long-standing family mysteries. A card from a distant relative may identify someone whose relationship you never knew about or even suspected.

"Burns Mont. Ayr Postcard 1899" (Credit: Tony Corsini at en.wikipedia. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons)

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