18    Apr 20150 comments

Webinar: Uncover your Scandinavian Roots

We recently hosted a webinar - "Uncover your Scandinavian Roots" - featuring two of MyHeritage's experts: Director of Content Production Mike Mansfield and Senior Program Manager Jason Oler.

Mike and Jason demonstrated how to navigate through the Scandinavian records and provided other research tips to help explore your Scandinavian heritage and family history.

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.

12    Apr 20154 comments

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live 2015!

We're excited to be heading to “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in Birmingham, UK, from April 16-18, and we're offering 8 lucky winners the chance to join us!

Want to win a free pair of tickets to WDYTYA?Live 2015? 8 lucky readers will have the chance to win free entry to the event and a genealogy session with our experts at our booth.

To enter, share with us the ancestor you'd most like to meet and why.

Send your entry by Tuesday, April 14 to stories@myheritage.com with your full name and postal address. The lucky winners will be chosen and notified by email.

We'll also be presenting many exciting talks and workshops, and will soon post what we have planned for the event.

Good luck!

11    Apr 20151 comment

Family history around the world: A Finnish volunteer

Born in Eastern Finland, with Finnish and Russian roots, Annikka began her family history journey in spring 2009 when she found a rough draft of a family tree her sister had written several decades earlier.

Excited to get started in family history research, she began searching for a way to digitally preserve her family tree, and came across MyHeritage’s Family Tree Builder, where she entered all the information from her sister’s tree.

As a genealogist, I like the ease, clarity and layout of Family Tree Builder.

After years of working on her family history, today, her family tree now has over 14,000 people!

When Annikka wanted to share her tree with other relatives, she noticed that there were some discrepancies in the Finnish translation. She contacted MyHeritage to offer to correct them herself and make the language more adaptable to the Finnish market. Five and a half years later, Annikka is still one of our dedicated Finnish volunteer translators. Continue reading "Family history around the world: A Finnish volunteer" »

8    Apr 20150 comments

Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors

Do you have Scandinavian roots? Interested to learn how to find out about those ancestors?

In honor of our recent addition of millions of new Scandinavian records recently added online, we’re offering a free webinar to help advance your Scandinavian family history research.

Join Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage Director of Content Production and Jason Oler, MyHeritage Senior Program Manager, as they provide research tips and tools to help navigate these new records to help you explore your family history and make new discoveries. Continue reading "Webinar: Discover your Scandinavian ancestors" »

5    Apr 20150 comments

Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe

Around the world, Easter is observed in a number of ways with festivals, egg hunts, traditional foods, chocolate bunnies and other customs.

Here’s a look at some traditions from around the world:

Britain:
Traditional Morris folk dancing takes place and in the North of England people play the game "egg tapping" where players try to break other player's eggs by "tapping" them. The winner is the one whose egg breaks last. Traditional foods include hot cross buns (served on Good Friday) and Simnel cake, which was served on Easter Sunday to mark the end of Lent.

Germany:
In Germany, the Easter bunny is known as Osterhase. While the Easter bunny's exact origin is unknown, rabbits were frequently used as a symbol of fertility and new life around the holiday. In the 1700s, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought this tradition. Other customs include decorating eggs and fountains with colors and eggs. Some also participate in the "egg dance" - eggs are laid on the floor for people to dance around. Continue reading "Happy Easter! Traditions around the globe" »

4    Apr 20156 comments

Where’s Waldo? First names nearly extinct

If you’re a Waldo, Zelma or Sherwood, you have a name that’s one in a million! In 2013, only five or fewer babies were given these names in the US. Even the name Gary is becoming more rare, with only 28 in England and Wales, and 442 in the US in 2013.

Names often cycle through popularity, with some already extinct. Here are six names on the verge of extinction - according to Nameberry: Continue reading "Where’s Waldo? First names nearly extinct" »

31    Mar 20150 comments

MyHeritage Selected by Google as Featured Android App!

We’re excited to announce that the MyHeritage mobile app is a featured app on Google Play!

Every week, Google selects a handful of the best new or updated Android applications and features them on Google Play. We're honored that the MyHeritage mobile app for Android was chosen to be featured among the best apps in more than 30 countries this month.

With over 4 million downloads, the MyHeritage mobile app makes it easy to share family moments and discover and preserve your family history on-the-go. Continue reading "MyHeritage Selected by Google as Featured Android App!" »

29    Mar 20154 comments

Contest: Easter memories

Although Easter is celebrated around the world, traditions vary in each country and with each family. These include Easter egg hunts, family meals, religious festivities and more.

To get into the holiday spirit, we’re offering one lucky member the chance to win PremiumPlus and Data subscriptions for one year.

Just email a fun family photo from an Easter celebration or an Easter memory sharing your family traditions or memories to stories@myheritage.com by April 5.

We’ll choose our favorite to win and also share some of the other stories in our blog.

Looking forward to reading your memories!

20    Mar 20153 comments

Global Family Reunion: Get your tickets now!

The Global Family Reunion is only a few months away and tickets are available now!

If you haven't yet heard, best-selling author A.J. Jacobs is planning the world’s largest family reunion this summer and all 7 billion of his cousins are invited.

What? The largest family reunion that will make history

When? June 6, 2015

Where? New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York

Watch the video below for more information on the Global Family Reunion and how to get involved:

All event proceeds will go toward Alzheimer’s research and education. Learn more about how to purchase tickets, donate or join the Global Family Tree at the Global Family Reunion Festival Page.

Hope to see you all there!

17    Mar 20152 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew

With a huge migrant history, millions of people living around the world have Irish roots. Holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day often spur an interest in family heritage and learning more about those ancestors.

In the U.S. alone, there are over 36 million people with Irish ancestry, more than eight times the population of Ireland! Millions in Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada also have Irish roots, and there are significant Irish diaspora communities in Mexico, Argentina and the Caribbean!

In the past, we’ve provided tips for getting started in Irish family history research. This St. Patrick’s Day, we share some fun facts about the day. Enjoy! Continue reading "St. Patrick’s Day: Fun facts you never knew" »

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