29    Apr 20104 comments

The Interview Series: An American Genealogist in Paris

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics and businesswomen - they all know the value of family and the joys of keeping in touch. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother, and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Anne Morddel

 

Anne Morddel is an American genealogist in Paris and the author of the blog ' The French Genealogy blog'. Her interest in genealogy dates back to the young age of 14, when she caught the 'genealogist bug' and decided to interview her grandmother about every single relative she could recall in order  to understand her roots.

Since then she's come a long way, not only becoming a professional genealogist, but a librarian, researcher and even children author.  She's a globetrotter too, having lived around the world until she found herself in France more permanently together with her French partner and children. In search for her childrens French ancestors, she began to learn about genealogy in France until she felt ready to share her insights in the blogosphere. Started in 2009, her hugely successful blog aims to Continue reading "The Interview Series: An American Genealogist in Paris" »

20    Apr 20100 comments

MyHeritage Meets Chris Paton

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At the recent Who Do You Think You Are conference, MyHeritage had the opportunity to meet Chris Paton - one of the UK's leading family history researchers. Chris hails from Largs, Ayrshire, and is a prominent genealogical researcher with a specialism in Scottish ancestry.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the conference, Chris told us a bit about his background and what he's doing in genealogy today. His career has seen him direct BBC history documentaries and contribute to genealogy publications such as Practical Family History and Your Family Tree.
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2    Dec 20098 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Top Blogger and genealogist Tami Glatz

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics and businesswomen - they all know the value of family and the joys of keeping in touch. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother, and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Tami GlatzTami Glatz is a genealogist, a blogger and public speaker. She started a genealogy blog entitled 'Relatively Curious' last year on which she covers websites she finds interesting, her research processes and different ways to approach genealogy problems. Although it started as a personal project, it grew to be an invaluable resource for other genealogists, recognised by Family Tree Magazine as belonging to the top 40 of genealogy blogs, and a great portal through which to interact with other genealogists. But her blog is not the only place she engages with the genealogy community. Finding she had a passion for speaking to libraries and genealogy societies she looked to spread the world about genealogy further. After her discovery of the virtual world Second Life and coming to grips with the concept of an avatar, hosting a monthly discussion in one of the online genealogy areas seemed like the obvious next step for her. Read more here about all of these activities here:

When did you set up your website and why?
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9    Nov 20090 comments

MyHeritage.com Interview Series: Teacher and Blogger Trevor Cairney

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics and businesswomen - they all know the value of family and the joys of keeping in touch. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother, and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

The Cairney Family
Trevor Cairney and Family

Father and grandfather, Master of Australia's New College, former teacher, academic and educational blogger Trevor Cairney helps others learn about children and education. To that end he embraced new technology and started a blog in 2008 on which he shares his research and writing on education with parents, teachers and trainee teachers. There he discusses topics such as literacy, education and communication. Keen to learn himself, Trevor enjoys the interaction of a blog and so he was happy to interact with MyHeritage.com on this occasion.

Tell us a little about yourself?
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21    Oct 20090 comments

MyHeritage.com Interview Series: Librarian Kathryn Cass

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics and businesswomen - they all know the value of family and the joys of keeping in touch. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother, and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Kathryn Cass

Kathryn Cass is a Local Studies Librarian who's always had a passion for history and research. Not too keen on writing, she jumped at the chance to become a librarian, a job which allows her to research different topics without necessarily having to publish on them. It turned out to be just the thing for her: answering people's questions, helping them with queries and research, and getting a great deal of intellectual stimulation in the process.

One of her recent activities was to present events as part of the Australian Heritage Festival, Family History Week and History Week, which was themed "Corruption, Crime and Scandal". The event led her to delve into the fascinating history of Australian "Botany Bay Poisoner" Louisa Collins, one of the last women to be hanged in NSW province after being convicted of poisoning her husband - a crime for which, some argue, her guilt was never fully established. Kathryn tells us about her findings on this topic, as well as her interest in genealogy more generally.

Can you tell us a little bit about the research you did?
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20    Aug 20091 comment

The MyHeritage Interview Series: educational blogger Susana Galeano

MyHeritage Family Tree InterviewPoliticians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

How far can the maternal instinct go? Susana Galeano Jordan knows that it goes a long way, dedicating her whole life to children.

A professional graphic designer from Mexico, she's also a Montessori guide and has been a children's caretaker since she was 12 years old. Her love for children is related to her position in the family. She's the youngest of many brothers, whom started to have kids when she was still very young. She learnt how to take care of them and to teach them.

Later, with kids of her own, she ended up working as a Montessori guide at her daughters' school, teaching, among other, computer lessons to disabled children.

Through that experience she got interested in working with children and to help their parents in the process of bringing them up. That's how she started her own blog, "kuttykids", focused on education related issues. It's her way to express her disposition and passion to help parents educate their children.

But let her tell us more about her:
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31    Jul 20090 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Genealogist and Family Stories Blogger Caroline Pointer

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

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Pointer"Genealogy is not boring or stuffy," says Caroline Pointer, the author of Family Stories, a blog about her our family's stories. She is also in the process of launching a genealogically-related business that centers around making people more aware of genealogy.

Caroline set up her blog to find out more about the online genealogy blogging world and to test the waters before she launched her company. While the blog is for everyone's enjoyment, it is specifically written for those who have never thought, heard or seen the word 'genealogy'. Her trial has turned out rather well, with Caroline making some great blogger connections, while also becoming more comfortable with sharing her family stories online.

Caroline wants to help people start thinking about what their family story actually is. She wants to inspire and motivate people to find their family story and express it.

This is what she told MyHeritage:
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17    Jul 20093 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Student Genealogist Elyse Doerflinger

Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

Elyse Doerflinger This time we have a special interviewee for our interview series. Elyse Doerfinger is only 19 years old, but she is already a seasoned genealogist, which makes her a bit of a prodigy in the usually older genealogy scene. Elyse is a member of the Youth Genealogists Society and the Graveyard Rabbit Student society, a student and a blogger. Her blog 'The Graveyard Rabbit Student' is dedicated to everything cemeteries; preservation tips, tips for organizing pictures of headstones, and websites where you can find a picture of your ancestor's headstone. Her other blog 'Elyse's Genealogy blog' provides tips or lessons she's learned while being involved with genealogy, as well as posts about family members and family stories, new websites, products and pictures such as the one displayed here, of her and genealogist Dick Eastman. She recently drew lot of attention to that blog by proposing that older genealogists should embrace technology more.

This is what she told us:

You recently wrote a post saying that genealogical societies should embrace technology more. Why do you think that?

I think it is a great way to not only enhance the research of the members, but it is also a great way to attract new members. It is a great way for genealogical societies to market their events to potential new members and to other genealogical societies. The possibilities are endless and for the most part, free! It would be a waste to ignore the technological resources that are just waiting to be utilized.

You are a member of the Youth Genealogist society- can you tell me a little bit about them?
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13    Jul 20092 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: genealogist Pablo Briand

MyHeritage genealogy blog interview seriesPoliticians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

It only takes a photo, a conversation, a story, to awaken the genealogy investigator in us. Pablo Briand knows this from his own experience. He set off to inquire about his own roots with the help of technology and Internet tools, without which he may not have become the genealogist he has been for almost 20 years.

Combining his interest in technology and genealogy, Pablo hosts his project on a blog called "Gen Briand", where he writes and sheds light on genealogy related topics, rather than just providing historical data. He wants to help fellow genealogists bring their records alive and provide information that can let them draw the living context of their ancestors.

He also keeps a website depicting the origins and story of his family, which goes back 500 years.

Pablo is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, but he has lived in Miami, USA, for the past eight years. He has French roots, which is why his family website is in French, as well as Spanish and English. There's no doubt he's a man with a passion for genealogy. This is what he told us:
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6    Apr 20090 comments

The MyHeritage Interview Series: Irish American storyteller Brian Reynolds

Brian Reynolds Politicians, stay-at-home dads, academics or businesswomen...they all know the value of family and the joys of staying in touch with them. But what is on their family photos? How often do they call their mother and what celebrity do they secretly admire? Get ready to find out through the MyHeritage interview series!

The Irish are known as great storytellers and Brian Reynolds is one of them. He runs the Irish American Story Project; a website set up to capture stories of Irish culture and emigration to the US. The site carries stories of luck, love, family and other tales. Find below the answers to the questions we asked Brian.

How did you get involved with this project?

I lived in New York for three years, and being there I met many people whose family has emigrated from Ireland. They set up a new life in the US, and I just thought it would be great to have a website to record some of their stories.

There are some really beautiful stories on the website like 'The old Irishman from Louisiana' and the three part story written by Chris Brennan about his Irish American Family History.
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