23    Feb 20155 comments

World War II: New photos discovered

It's always exciting when we find heirlooms or photos providing more detail into the lives of our ancestors, but this can also happen to historical events.

After some 70 years, 31 rolls of film taken by an American soldier during WWII were found. Last year, the photos were developed as part of a project entitled The Rescued Film Project.

This was the first time the public had access to this incredible historical material depicting the lives of soldiers during the war, as they offer a glimpse into our ancestors' past.

Watch the video below to learn more about the project and the photos.

Have you found any previously unknown photos revealing more detail about your ancestors' lives? Let us know in the comments below.

19    Feb 20157 comments

Our Ancestors: Romantic meetings

The best love stories are not those from films or storybooks, but those from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down through the generations.

Before Valentine’s Day, we asked readers to share romantic stories of how their ancestors met. Here are some of them: Continue reading "Our Ancestors: Romantic meetings" »

17    Feb 201512 comments

MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online

We’re delighted to announce that we have started making good on our promise to digitize and bring online millions of exclusive historical records from Scandinavia. The majority of these records have never been indexed online before.

The records are searchable on MyHeritage SuperSearch and MyHeritage users will now automatically receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

Anyone with Scandinavian roots will be able to explore their family history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors with this robust searchable index of records published online for the first time. Continue reading "MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online" »

2    Feb 20150 comments

MyHeritage adds 900 million global historical records

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 900 million global historical records to SuperSearch bringing the total number of records on MyHeritage to over 6 billion.

The new content has been made available thanks to MyHeritage's partnership with FamilySearch and consists primarily of family tree profiles that have been submitted by more than 22 million FamilySearch users. Integration ensures that this data is refreshed on MyHeritage on a daily basis as it is updated on FamilySearch.

Adding this data to MyHeritage alongside the 27 million global family trees submitted by MyHeritage users, brings together for the very first time 2 of the world’s 3 largest family tree collections.

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MyHeritage matching technologies are currently comparing the huge FamilySearch and MyHeritage trees and generating matches between them that will be sent to MyHeritage users during the next month or two. Comparing about 900 million profiles (FamilySearch tree) to about 1.6 billion profiles (MyHeritage trees) is a substantial undertaking. Millions of users stand to gain a lot of new information from the matches.

As of today, users of MyHeritage partners such as RootsMagic and Family Historian - these are desktop programs that use the MyHeritage matching APIs - will receive matches with the FamilySearch tree via MyHeritage (the copy that is on MyHeritage that is) without having to have an account on FamilySearch. That's another benefit of the FamilySearch tree being on MyHeritage.

Geni.com users will also enjoy matches with the FamilySearch tree too, via MyHeritage.

This significant addition is part of MyHeritage's goal to continually add global historical records and family tree profiles, and by combining advanced technology with massive amounts of data, we’re making it easier for people to unravel their family history.

26    Jan 20150 comments

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to our members down under!

January 26 marks Australia Day, and is a celebration of everything “Australian.”

This is a fun day for families to come together and celebrate with barbecues and firework displays, but also an important day to look back at Australia’s history and its diverse society.

It celebrates the anniversary of the first settlement - Port Jackson - with the arrival of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, in 1788.

A nation made of immigrants, convicts and indigenous people, Australia’s different cultures reflect the nation’s history and its unique identity of what it means to be Australian.

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

Search our Australian record collections and see what family discoveries you’ll make.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Australia Day! How will you celebrate?

23    Jan 20158 comments

Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?

How many people alive today can say they’ve lived through two centuries?  Well, five women can put that on their checklist, as they’re the only people born in the 1800s still alive today.

From Japan to the U.S. to Italy, these women have lived through two World Wars, major historical events, and seen the development of technology first-hand.

Misao Okawa from Japan is currently the world’s oldest living person, born in 1898. Last March, she celebrated her 116th birthday! Her secret to a long life? Sushi and sleep!

Misao Okawa, World's oldest living person (Image credit: AP/Kyodo News)

Emma Morano, 115, from Italy holds the title for oldest person in Europe. She says her eating habits her doctor gave her in her 20s have helped her live so long. Continue reading "Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?" »

19    Jan 20156 comments

Our Stories: Searching for 60 years

Ann's mother and father at their wedding

After 60 years of searching, MyHeritage found the connection – in just two months - between Australia’s Ann Clare Meagher’s mother Hilda Welchman Moss, and Ann’s previously unknown maternal uncle, John Welchman, in the UK.

Ann’s mother, Hilda, died at 32, leaving six children, when Ann was nine. Her father, Fred Moss, was a British Army major posted to India, and Ann was born in Lahore (now Pakistan) in 1945. Her mother Hilda Welchman had travelled to India from England and she married in 1941.

As a teen, I often wondered about my grandparents, as I had no knowledge or contact with them. We moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1962. I became a nurse, and have been happily married for 43 years, with a wonderful husband and three sons.

Ann had spent years looking for any relative of her mother without success until she became a member of MyHeritage and found her previously unknown uncle. She discovered a story he had written about his life and was dumb-founded that he had been looking for his sister’s family for 60 years. He lives in Dorset, England. Continue reading "Our Stories: Searching for 60 years" »

29    Dec 20140 comments

The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition

In case you haven't heard about it, journalist and author AJ Jacobs is on a mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion.

AJ decided to embark on a family history journey. His quest is to see how everyone is related and, so far, he's made exciting discoveries of cousins and relatives from around the world.

AJ Jacobs, creator of the World's Largest Family Reunion

To top it off, he's inviting the whole family to celebrate this summer at the largest family reunion - on June 6, 2015, in New York.

Family history is all about uncovering clues of your family's past and bringing people together who share a common heritage. The holiday season is the perfect time to get together with the family, preserve those moments and recount family memories.

As family reunions and holidays go hand-in-hand, the Global Family Reunion is offering a chance for AJ's "cousins" to win some amazing prizes. Continue reading "The Global Family Reunion: Holiday photo competition" »

24    Dec 20141 comment

Did You Know: 13 interesting Christmas facts

Last year, we wrote about many Christmas traditions still common today, and the history behind them.

This year, as the holidays approach, we had our researchers look into interesting Christmas facts we never knew, and we're sure you didn't, either!

(Image credit: dwellingsbydevore.com)

Check them out:

19    Dec 20146 comments

The MyHeritage Holiday Cookbook: Recipes and stories from around the globe

The holiday season is upon us, and that means lots of food, fun and family!

Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got a great gift to share - our First Holiday Cookbook

Continue reading "The MyHeritage Holiday Cookbook: Recipes and stories from around the globe" »

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