24    Oct 201332 comments

Competition: Family Heirlooms

Congratulations to Sharon Black, winner of last week’s competition, who won a free data subscription for her and for her friend who helps with her research.

Today is our last competition in honor of Family History Month and we want to hear about your family history finds.

We all keep vintage treasures which carry exciting stories about our pasts. Regardless of whether it is a photo, a piece of jewelry, a family document or historical record, our family heirlooms are keys to our family history.

What are the most precious family heirlooms in your family? Do you have your grandmother’s antique hairbrush? How about a silly family photo?

Comment below - by October 31, 2013 - with the most unique heirloom you have, and we’ll choose one winner to receive a a free PremiumPlus and data subscription.

Remember, we’re looking for the most interesting, creative and original heirlooms.

Good luck!

19    Oct 20133 comments

Our Stories: Papa’s Diary

Wouldn't it be exciting to read the diary of an ancestor who recorded his or her daily activities?

Matt Unger, a 40-ish software executive in New York, was handed his grandfather Harry Scheurman’s 1924 diary, written when he was 29 and had been in the US for 11 years. Matt has transcribed each journal entry at his website http://papasdiary.blogspot.com. Scheurman had immigrated from Sniatyn, then in Austro-Hungary.

Matt’s project received coverage in The New York Times.

As we hear more frequently these days, family history researchers are getting bitten by the genealogy bug at ever younger ages. Although Matt was given the pocket-sized diary for a fifth-grade family history project, it wasn't until Thanksgiving 2007 that he examined it closely and decided to transcribe it.

MyHeritage interviewed Matt via email and is happy to offer his comments on this wonderful and very personal project. Continue reading "Our Stories: Papa’s Diary" »

15    Oct 201325 comments

New partnership with FamilySearch adds billions of records to MyHeritage!

We’re delighted to announce that MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch, which will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage.

This is a "historical moment" in the family history industry and very exciting news for family history enthusiasts worldwide.

Historical records are the backbone of family history research and are vital for making new family connections and uncovering new information about ancestors. Family tree profiles are helpful for finding relatives and tapping into the collective knowledge of millions of other users.

In the next few months, we’ll add more than 2 billion records from FamilySearch’s global historic record collections and profiles from its online family tree to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records.

Continue reading "New partnership with FamilySearch adds billions of records to MyHeritage!" »

14    Oct 20130 comments

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving: A Family Celebration

Today marks Canadian Thanksgiving, a time for families to get together.

Did you know that Canadian Thanksgiving is widely recognized as the first celebration of its kind in North America?

Its history dates to 1578, when Englishman Martin Frobisher set out in search of the Northwest Passage, along the northern coast of North America.

On his third voyage to the bay area of Baffin Island (now the Canadian territory of Nunavut), the 15 ships were filled with men and materials to begin a small settlement.

Frobisher's journey was harrowing as the fleet traveled in bad weather and harsh storms. They lost a ship and most of the building materials. Making it through the storm and reuniting with the rest of the fleet, they gave thanks for a miraculous deliverance from the dangers. Continue reading "Happy Canadian Thanksgiving: A Family Celebration" »

11    Oct 20130 comments

Webinar: Interviewing family relatives

Memories, photos and documents provide a wealth of invaluable family history information. Interviewing family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations and discover more about your family heritage.

Join Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy in the UK, who will give tips on interviewing your relatives to help with your family history research.

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Time: 2-3pm EDT, 7-8pm GMT

Register Free Here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/834357767

Do you have questions you’d like answered? Tell us in the comments below and we'll try to address them during the webinar.

Storytelling is a great way to add details to your family tree, and interviewing a relative is a great way to start in order to document their knowledge before it's too late.

We look forward to see you online!

9    Oct 2013120 comments

Competition: Which ancestor would you like to meet?

We received many photo captions for last week’s Family History Month competition. Thank you to everyone that entered.

Congratulations to Christalina Jager, winner of a Premium Family Site Subscription for her family site.

We loved your photo caption; “believing that the exhaust from those new things called cars would kill them, the ladies invented a new mask that wouldn't mess up their makeup".

According to the Netherlands Nationaal Archief's bibliographic record, the photo shows women in Montreal, Canada in 1939, wearing plastic face protection from snowstorms.

This week, we're holding another Family History Month competition to win a PremiumPlus site subscription. Continue reading "Competition: Which ancestor would you like to meet?" »

1    Oct 2013313 comments

Family History Month: Competitions, Tips and More

October marks Family History Month - an excellent time for you and your family to learn about your family heritage. We’ll be celebrating throughout this month with exciting competitions, webinars and tips to enhance your family history research.

See this week's contest and read about our other activities.

From historical records, to building family trees, we're here to help you learn, collect and share your family history.

Continue reading "Family History Month: Competitions, Tips and More" »

27    Sep 20132 comments

South Africa: Family history and a Harley

Family history researchers share a common passion. South African MyHeritage member Denise Wronsky Barnard, 55, has always felt an interest in history since she was a child.

However, as an adult, she has more time to conduct research and to spend time on her other passion – riding a Harley! Denise is also a photographer, a writer and loves to travel.

Born in Pretoria, where she still lives, Denise is married and has three adult children. She holds a Diploma in Architecture.

We asked Denise what she’s discovered about her family history.

Continue reading "South Africa: Family history and a Harley" »

24    Sep 20139 comments

Our Stories: From the Netherlands to Australia

MyHeritage members come to us in various ways. Maria Keep, 63, born in the Netherlands and now living in Australia, tried a free MyHeritage CD that came in a magazine.

Maria was born in Renkum, Netherlands. She, her husband and adult daughter and son live in Forster NSW Australia. She is a full-time caregiver for her husband who is vision impaired and suffers from total memory and short term memory loss.

Family wedding in 1954

Maria has been collecting family history for some four decades.

I am from a very big family and have always been interested in family history and had been collecting little bits of information on bits of paper and putting them in a book with the intention of putting it all together one day into a proper family tree record. I started collecting this information about 40 years ago.

Continue reading "Our Stories: From the Netherlands to Australia" »

20    Sep 20130 comments

MyHeritage Mobile App: Android tablet updates

We are delighted to announce enhanced support for Android tablets using the MyHeritage mobile app.

MyHeritage’s mobile app v2.2 is a great way to build or edit your family tree on the go. With this new update, we've enhanced the user experience and provided an uplifted design and full technical support for all Android tablet users.

Download here

Tablets over 7 inches are now fully optimized using responsive design, while those smaller than 7 inches will remain with the easy-to-use smartphone version of the app. Continue reading "MyHeritage Mobile App: Android tablet updates" »

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