3    Jun 20140 comments

MyHeritage: Heading to Jamboree

We're getting ready for the 45th annual SCGS Jamboree conference, organized by the Southern California Genealogical Society, which will be held June 5-8.

This year's theme is “Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History.” The focus is on our European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English/UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes. An entire day (Thursday, June 5)  is dedicated to learning about family history through DNA.

The conference offers speakers, exhibitors, class sessions and special events, and will be held in Burbank, California, from Thursday through Sunday, June 5-8, 2014. Continue reading "MyHeritage: Heading to Jamboree" »

28    May 20140 comments

Webinar Video: The largest family reunion ever with A.J. Jacobs

We recently hosted a webinar with well-known author, journalist, editor, and genealogist AJ Jacobs.

He spoke about his  journey towards discovering his family history, and about his plans for the largest family reunion ever, to be held in New York City in June!

Did you miss the webinar? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.

Don’t forget to check our other webinars for genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.

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

4    May 20140 comments

Guest Webinar: A.J. Jacobs

We're excited to announce an exclusive webinar with A.J. Jacobs, well-known author, editor and genealogist, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.

Hear first-hand about A.J.'s own journey to his past and his upcoming attempt to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the largest family reunion ever.

He's sure to make us both laugh and inspire us in our own family history research.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/429203623.
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28    Apr 20141 comment

MyHeritage Reaches New Milestone: 5 Billion Historical Records!

Today we are pleased to announce that MyHeritage has reached an exciting milestone: we've surpassed 5 billion historical records!

It has taken only two years for MyHeritage to build this treasure trove of historical information demonstrating that MyHeritage is one of the fastest-growing and most internationally diverse family history companies in the world.

Search the records now

To celebrate the occasion, we looked at some iconic names within our collections. Here are some fun facts that we discovered (click image to enlarge): MyHeritage Surpasses 5 Billion Historical Records

Continue reading "MyHeritage Reaches New Milestone: 5 Billion Historical Records!" »

9    Apr 20141 comment

Webinar: Discovering family history through gravestones

We recently hosted an online webinar on how to discover family history through gravestones. We were joined by two of our experts - US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.

Schelly talked about the information that can be revealed about family via gravestones. Daniel discussed our recent partnership with BillionGraves and how to get involved in preserving cemeteries for future generations.

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

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

3    Apr 20140 comments

Uncovering Family History: Live on Fox News

When author Yvette Corporon wrote her recently released novel, When the Cypress Whispers, she delved deep into her family history. She uncovered the tale of her grandparents, who lived on a small Greek island -- and how they, along with their neighbors, hid a Jewish family on the island during the Second World War.

MyHeritage helped Yvette connect with people who know the family that was hidden and she hopes to reunite with them soon.

Yesterday, Yvette was on Fox News Channel's weekday morning show, Fox and Friends, to discuss her new book.

Watch Yvette talk about using MyHeritage for her family research:

Continue reading "Uncovering Family History: Live on Fox News" »

1    Apr 20140 comments

New: World’s oldest Jewish newspaper added to SuperSearch

We have added the world's oldest continuously-published Jewish newspaper to our online search engine, SuperSearch, with billions of historical records.

The Jewish Chronicle, popularly known as The JC, is the oldest and most influential Jewish newspaper in England.  The collection dates back to the newspaper's founding, in 1841, and contains over 200,000 newspaper pages.

Start searching The Jewish Chronicle

The newspaper has played a central part in the development of modern Anglo-Jewry, capturing the lives and times of the Jewish community around the globe for almost two centuries. It has interviewed high-profile, leading figures through the years. The JC collection is a valuable resource for historians and genealogists alike. Anyone with Jewish roots in the United Kingdom is bound to find this collection extremely interesting, and is sure to learn more about their ancestors and the times they lived in. Continue reading "New: World’s oldest Jewish newspaper added to SuperSearch" »

31    Mar 20141 comment

Video: MyHeritage team digitizes cemetery

Earlier this month, the employees of MyHeritage's Israel headquarters visited a cemetery to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves app.

We documented over 70% of the entire cemetery, over 50,000 images of gravestones, and it was the single largest event of its kind ever held in Israel. Read more about the event here.

We're now releasing a video about this project with footage from our trip to the cemetery. It includes an explanation from MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet, who participated in the trip and who personally digitized some 1,000 gravestones.

He explains the tremendous importance of this global initiative and the value of gravestones for genealogy. Our generation has the necessary tools, and it's our responsibility to get the world's gravestones online before their inscriptions erode. It's a race against time. You can see how easy it is for anyone to get involved and help to preserve these important pieces of family history for future generations.

Watch the video below:

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18    Mar 20142 comments

Webinar: Discover family history through gravestones

Gravestones play a very important role in genealogy, and are a great launching pad for family history investigation.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage's US Genealogy Advisor, will demonstrate the information that can be revealed about your family via gravestones. Daniel Horowitz, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, will join us to discuss our recent partnership with BillionGraves and how you can use their mobile app to help preserve cemeteries for future generations.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/261346007.

Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014.

Time:
1 PM CDT
2 PM EDT
6 PM GMT

(To find the time of the webinar for your location, use this Time Zone Converter.)

We look forward to seeing you!

11    Mar 201464 comments

MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative

Eighty MyHeritage employees from our headquarters in Israel arrived in full force early Sunday morning to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel, to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile application. We felt it was important to practice this ourselves, before we call upon others to join us in this initiative. By gaining hands-on experience, we aimed to create best practices, improve the product and fine-tune methodologies for digitizing cemeteries all around the world in the most efficient manner.

The MyHeritage team at Segula Cemetery (click to zoom).

So what brings a large group of young folks with smartphones to a cemetery? We recently announced a global initiative, together with BillionGraves, to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. It is important to digitize cemeteries because of the key role that gravestones play in family history and in society in general. Most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. In addition, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent.

It was a cloudy morning, with occasional drizzles. Continue reading "MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative" »

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