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.
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!
"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?
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!
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.
(This is a translation. The original Polish version can be found here.)
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.
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!”
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."
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.
(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.
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.