22    Jul 20114 comments

Interview with Benicio Sánchez, Genealogist and President of Genealogy of Mexico

This is a rough translation of Entrevista a Benicio Sánchez, Genealogista y Presidente de Genealogía de México written by our Latin American country manager, Javier.

This Friday we have a treat for you -- a special interview with Benicio Sanchez, genealogist and President of Genealogy of Mexico, an organization that studies the family history of not only the Aztec country but also many other places around the world.

My name is Benicio Samuel Sanchez Garcia, genealogist and family historian and the first Molecular Genealogist of Mexico. I was born in Torreon, Mexico in 1963. I am married with two children.

I'm President of The Genealogy of Mexico, which manages two major genealogical sites in Mexico:

- www.Genealogia.org.mx

- www.GenealogiaMolecular.com (in development)

I have worked for most of the State Archives and have contributed to more than one hundred articles and publications, for both national and international institutions.

How did your interest in genealogy start?

You never know you are ill until the infection is already manifesting itself significantly. That's what happened in my case. I read the family bible, in which I found the first dates of my family; later my maternal grandmother, Maria Espino del Castillo Epitacia showed me her photo archive and before I knew it, I was designated to preserve and research our family's genealogy.

Now, like all genealogists: it's a way of life.

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8    Jul 20115 comments

Interview Series: Rozalyn Kuss, Caloundra Family History Research

Caloundra is the southernmost community on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia, located 90 kilometres (55.9 mi) north of Brisbane CBD.

In the local Aboriginal dialect, 'Kalowendah' translates as 'Place of the Beech Trees'.

In this interview we meet with Rozalyn Kuss, from Caloundra Family History Research (CFHR).

Tell us a bit about yourself Rozalyn - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.

My family had owned a holiday property at Caloundra since 1944 so we spent every weekend at the beach.  The holiday home became the main residence for my parents from 1966.  In 1977 my husband, daughter and I moved here permanently to live and work.  Ken’s family came to live at Moffat Beach in early 1941, so he grew up on the Sunshine Coast, was educated here and became a member of the Metropolitan Caloundra SLSC, though he had to complete his apprenticeship and find work in Brisbane because Caloundra had a very small population in the 1950’s.

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10    Jun 20110 comments

Interview Series: Kay Francis, Honorary Secretary, Casino & District Family HIstory Group

Casino is a town in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia, with a population of approximately 10,000

In this interview we meet with Kay Francis, Honorary Secretary of the Casion & District Family History Group (CDFHG)

Tell us a bit about yourself Kay - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.

I started researching our family history 33 years ago, The records then were few & far between & found the only way to find information was through asking a lot of questions of close relatives, church records & historical societies.

I am still interested in finding new information a least once a week on past members of the family, it is adding character to their existence & not just a date on a piece of paper.

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9    Jun 20110 comments

MyHeritage.com Interviews Anne Bradshaw, author of True Miracles with Genealogy

Anne Bradshaw is the author of the genealogy bestseller “True Miracles with Genealogy” and has written books for more than twenty years. She was born in England, is a spouse, a mother and grandmother, and has lived in the USA for many years. Besides writing books Anne has a personal blog and a website for her latest book.

MyHeritage.com talked to Anne about her interesting bestseller, her background and her kinship with the legendary singer Phil Collins.

For the people that didn't read your book could you tell us what it is about?
"True Miracles with Genealogy" contains fascinating family-history research stories. They’re the kind of stories where you know that ancestors were making things happen. Material came in from the USA and many other countries such as England, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. Each story is unique. It was inspiring to learn about the many different ways descendants discovered information.
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17    May 20110 comments

Interview Series: Kay Radford, Research Centre Manager Central Coast Family History Society Inc

The Central Coast of NSW stretches from the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, Australia. It is an area with a history of shipbuilding and early settlement and most popular for its orange orchards in the past.

In this interview we meet with Kay Radford, Research Centre Manager and Vice President of the Central Coast Family History Society Inc.

Tell us a bit about yourself Kay - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.

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12    May 20110 comments

Interview Series: Anne Major, Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies

The Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies (AIGS) is one of Australia's longest running and largest genealogical organisations. AIGS is based in Blackburn, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria.

This interview is with Anne Major from AGIS.

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Hi Anne. Can you tell us a bit about yourself - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.

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9    May 20113 comments

Grandson’s namesake sparks family history quest…Scott’s story

Scott has been with MyHeritage.com now for quite a few years. In researching his family history, he has come across a number of amazing stories. His genealogy blog "Onward to Our Past" is focused on Bohemia, the Czech community of Cleveland, Cornwall in the UK, Italy and Italian immigration. He shares a few of his stories with us here.

The author with his grandsons. Bottom fellow is he who started it all, William.

I am Scott Phillips, an avid genealogist and family historian. I have always been interested in my family roots and ties since childhood. I have wonderful memories of gathering with my extended family and trying to understand the differences between my Cornish-rooted family and my Bohemian family members. Always wondered why I love eating pasty and Knedliky so much! Of course, living with my grandmother who often spoke Czech helped a lot to instill in me a wonder for where we all came from.

About two years ago my son came to my wife and me and informed us that we were going to be grandparents again. The icing on this cake was that if it was a boy, he and his wife had decided to name him William after my father. Since my father had passed away the year before, I decided to ‘just write a couple paragraphs’ about my new grandson’s namesake for him. Little did I know how badly the genealogy bug would grab a hold of me! As I have seen written and is certainly true of me: “I used to have a life, then I discovered genealogy”.

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4    May 20116 comments

Interview Series: Jan Koperberg, President of the Blue Mountains Family History Society

The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region just to the west of Sydney, Australia. It is an area that has a rich history and tradition , not only for European settlers but also for the Aboriginal people that have inhabited the area for millennia.

In this interview we meet with Jan Koperberg, the president of the Blue Mountains Family History Society (BMFHS).

Tell us a bit about yourself Jan - how you got into family history research, why you are so heavily involved with it now etc.

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12    Apr 20110 comments

Interview Series: MyHeritage Talks to Mark Pearsall from The National Archives, UK

This week we spoke to Mark Pearsall, Principal Records Specialist for Family History at the UK’s National Archives, and author of The Family History Companion, as well as several family history articles.

The National Archives store historical documents for the UK going back 1,000 years, and have a lot to offer the family historian with roots in the UK. Mark talked to us about the archives, as well as about family history more broadly.

MH: A lot of people talk about the growing popularity of family history over recent years. Is that something you’ve noticed at The National Archives?

MP: Oh yes, very much so. I’ve worked at The National Archives for over 20 years, and family history has always played a large part in our work, but the number of family historians coming in has steadily gone up.

The numbers rose in the 1990s, and went sky high in the early years of the 20th Century, mainly because more and more records are accessible now than there were 20 years ago. More and more records have been indexed, digitized and made available online, and it’s much easier now for people to start for that reason. Years ago you sometimes had to take time off work, you had to be prepared to go into records offices and spend days ploughing through records trying to find information. It’s now much quicker to actually get the basics and get started, so it’s much more popular, and much easier to do.
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3    Mar 20115 comments

Interview Series: Neil Fraser from Heir Hunters

As part of our interview series, MyHeritage.com recently interviewed Neil Fraser from Fraser & Fraser, the firm best-known for its work on the UK TV series Heir Hunters. The show, which began in 2007, is now on its fifth series, and has become a runaway success - almost always topping the ratings for its morning slot on UK television.

Fraser & Fraser are a team of genealogists and probate researchers in the business of finding heirs and proving their right to an inheritance. If a person dies and leaves an estate but no known relatives, Fraser & Fraser will trace back through their family tree to find that individual’s nearest living relatives, and let them know that they have an inheritance. The relatives may not even know, or only know vaguely, of their distant family member’s very existence.
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