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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17    Feb 20110 comments

Smart Match Improvements: Daniel Horowitz Interviewed at Rootstech

Last weekend at the Rootstech Conference, our very own Daniel Horowitz was interviewed by veteran genealogist and blogger Dear Myrtle. The conference was dedicated to the interaction between genealogy and technology, and as a result Daniel spent some time talking about some of our own website developments, and in particular our improved Smart Match facility.

Thanks to Dear Myrtle for conducting this interview. We hope you enjoy the results!

2    Jan 20112 comments

How Genealogy helps Psychotherapy

"Since this family research started, communication with and between my relatives has reopened. I could better understand the distances between relatives. I could even better recognize the similarities and differences I have with some relatives. " Dr Modesto M Alonso.

Modesto is a psychotherapist and lives in Argentina. While working on the identity of his patients he has found that family history can be a very important part of the process. Modesto is a user of MyHeritage.com, and he advises to his patients to use the site as a tool to rebuild their family's history.

We conducted an interview with him and were fascinated with the subject. We believe it is of great interest for everyone because we are all influenced by our family history. Our identity stems from our family history and it is important to understand why and how we are. Personally, it made me think and analyze a lot about myself and how I have been  influenced by my family. Here is this fascinating interview:

How did your interest in Genealogy and family history begin?

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8    Dec 20101 comment

User Story: Meet Donna Emmons – Great Grandmother and Family Historian

We first met Donna when she contacted MyHeritage.com with a story that really made us smile. She nearly lost all of her family tree data due to a computer crash, but was relieved to find out she could recover her data through her online family site!  We know how much time and effort goes into building family trees, so we were thrilled to hear that Donna's online family site served as a nice and free backup for her FTB projects -- allowing her to recover all of her special family photos and family records.

As we got to talking, we soon realized that Donna had a great passion for her family history research and had worked out how to get the most out of her MyHeritage.com account. We asked if Donna would be willing to share some of her experiences with the community, and tell us a bit more about her family story. We hope you enjoy the interview!

Hi Donna. Thank you very much for agreeing to this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Donna Emmons and I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and still live here.  San Antonio is a city rich in history and I have had family in this area since 1840. I have 3 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and our latest addition, Madison Rose, my great granddaughter born on November 9, 2010!  I have worked for the Greater San Antonio Transportation Company since 1971.
How did you get started on your family tree?
I began working on my family tree in 1988 when my uncle was doing research on the Emmons branch of our family.  When I asked him questions about the women in the family - he didn't know and really acted uninterested. Since I was the mother of 3 daughters I wanted to know about these women, so I started doing research on my grandmother's part of the family, the Williams.
How would you describe your connection to your family history?
I feel a really deep connection to my family.  I am thrilled when I realize that I am standing in the very spot that my ancestors stood almost 170 years ago or that one of my ancestors arrived on the Mayflower (Francis Cooke).  How exciting!!  My five times great-grandfather came to Texas in 1840 with his wife and 10 children. Some of the children were married with children so he brought all of them with him from Lincoln County, TN.   These were very brave and adventurous people and they have passed these genes on to me.
How many people are in your family tree?
Right now there are about 1,500 in the database.  I am sure I have an equal number that I have not entered yet.  I have found preachers, farmers, and politicians, as well as wealthy plantations owners and slaves. I have found ancestors famous and infamous, rich and poor – Somehow they have all come together to be one family and they are my family.
29    Nov 20100 comments

User Story: Meet Jean Collen – A Lover of History, Family and a Dog Called Bonnie

I first met Jean Collen when she contacted MyHeritage.com support for some help with her trees.

It didn't take long to realise that Jean had a great passion for family history research and had worked out how to get the most out of her MyHeritage.com account! It also didn't take long for Jean to respond when I asked her if she'd be keen to share her story with our readers.

Below are Jean's open and honest answers to some questions I asked her about her life, family and why she uses MyHeritage.com. I hope you enjoy them.

Hi Jean. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a semi-retired classical musician, teacher and writer, living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am married with two married grown-up children  and two grandsons.

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13    Aug 20100 comments

The Interview Series: Polish Genealogist Rafał T. Prinke

(This is a translation. The original Polish version can be found here.)

Rafał T. Prinke

Rafal T. Prinke was born on the 18 January, 1955, in Poznań, Poland.  His parents are Erasmus and Krystyna Prinke (born Piątkowska).  His wife Katarzyna Prinke (born Wejchan) is a chemist; they have two children, Michał and Stanisław. Rafal T. Prinke has studied English philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he graduated in 1977. In 2000 he received his doctorate in history at the History Institute of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

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13    Jul 20104 comments

Interview with Rajesh Haldipur: ‘What do you Give to Someone who is 100, is Healthy, and Wealthy?’

Rajesh's grand-uncle, Atmaram Ganpatrao Haldipur, whose 100th birthday prompted the creation of the family tree

Last week MyHeritage spoke to Rajesh Haldipur, from Mumbai, India. Rajesh faced a unique challenge earlier this year, as his grand-uncle’s 100th birthday was approaching on the horizon. “The problem,” said Rajesh, “was what do you give to a person who is turning 100, is healthy and sharp in all his faculties, who has been the de facto head of the family for 50 of his 100 years, and who is reasonably wealthy and not wanting in material means. What do you give to somebody who already has it all?”

Rajesh eventually had a brainwave, and began to think about the idea of piecing together a family tree for his grand-uncle. “I stumbled across your website MyHeritage.com, and thought: ‘why not?’ I thought I might actually try and put this together. My only regret now is that I didn’t think of doing it earlier!”
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13    Jul 20102 comments

Interview with the Hispanic Genealogist Daniela Massolo

"Today with the advancement of medicine, knowing the history of our family could save or at least improve the quality of life for our families."

Daniela is an important genealogist that lives in Argentina. Her great interest, research and passion for genealogy resulted in several web pages, one recently launched in English. These sites  are of a great interest and guide for all those who are new to genealogy. Also can be a great resource for people that are investigating their Spanish roots. For MyHeritage it is an honor to present this interview we did with her.

When we asked her about MyHeritage, Daniela said: "I am using Family Tree Builder since 2004 and I love its aesthetic, overall it all seems to me it is very intuitive and easy to use."

Her life

Daniela was born in a small town in the province of La Pampa and now lives in Buenos Aires. The area where she was born was virgin territory until early 1900, when it was colonized by Italian immigrants, most of Piedmont. Continue reading "Interview with the Hispanic Genealogist Daniela Massolo" »

15    Jun 20100 comments

The Interview Series: Argentinian Genealogist Pablo Briand

(This is a translation. The original Spanish version can be found here.)

"Never give up: there is no research challenge that will continue to resist the patient investigator.”

Pablo is a widely-known genealogist in the Spanish-speaking world, with several websites offering professional-standard tips and advice. We interviewed him to find out how he got into genealogy, and how he ended up where he is now.
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13    Jun 20100 comments

The Interview Series: Blogger and Genealogist Chris Paton

This week we interviewed Chris Paton, one of the most prominent genealogists in Scotland. Chris works and teaches in Scotland, is the author of Researching Scottish Family History, and also manages the Scottish Genealogy News and Events blog. We began by asking him how he got into genealogy and family history.
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