29    Sep 20160 comments

Video: Put your family history on the map

Earlier this week, we hosted a webinar with Uri Gonen (VP of Product Management for MyHeritage) about our recently released feature, PedigreeMap™.

PedigreeMap is an innovative free feature for visualizing your family history. This feature plots births, marriages, and deaths, digital and scanned historical photos from your MyHeritage family tree on an interactive map. Get tips on tracing the locations of important events in your family history and understanding your ancestors' life journeys.

Along with our Genealogy Expert Daniel Horowitz, Uri provided a live demo of PedigreeMap and answered dozens of questions from our users.

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

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

28    Sep 20160 comments

Meet the Team: Marianne

Marianne Melcherts

Dutch-born Marianne Melcherts has been working with the customer support team at MyHeritage since 2010. The way she describes it, it feels both like forever and like no time at all.

As a child, Marianne was already quite interested in discovering her roots. She grew up in a small village in the Netherlands, located between Amsterdam and Utrecht. She was interested in history and archaeology. Marianne’s family is very well read, and reading was a big part of her upbringing. From an early age, she would often read books that had to do with historical research.

Photos of the family's ancestors were hung on the walls in the living room of her parents' house. They depicted her grandparents, great-grandparents, and there was even one of her great-great-grandfather. As a child, Marianne was mesmerized by the people in these photos and was curious to know more.

My paternal ancestors came from Friesland, the most northern province of the Netherlands and, in some photos, the women wore the traditional costume. I remember my father and grandparents speaking Frisian. I am very proud of my Dutch heritage.

Photos of Marianne's great-grandmother Luurtske Durks Hijlkema and great-grandfather Lolle Rimmers Hijlkema.

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26    Sep 20163 comments

Webinar: PedigreeMap™

We recently released PedigreeMap™, an innovative free feature for visualizing your family history. This feature plots births, marriages, and deaths, digital and scanned historical photos from your MyHeritage family tree on an interactive map.

Join us tomorrow for a free webinar about PedigreeMap. Uri Gonen, VP of Product Management at MyHeritage will give tips on tracing the locations of important events in your family history and understanding your ancestors' life journeys.

Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2606482850766305538.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2014.

Time:
10 AM Los Angeles
1 PM New York
6 PM London

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

Have a question about PedigreeMap? Leave a comment below and we'll try to answer as many as we can during the webinar. Looking forward to seeing you online!

18    Sep 20168 comments

We’re Halfway to Digitizing Every Cemetery in Israel

We're happy to announce that we've completed 50% of our goal to digitize every cemetery in Israel — aiming to make it the first country in the world to have all of its gravestones preserved online and searchable, and we're making all of this data available on MyHeritage for free.

Cemeteries play a vital role in family history research and society in general. Most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. Also, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent.

In 2014, we launched a global initiative with BillionGraves to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. The MyHeritage team even went out and digitized an entire cemetery, taking more than 50,000 photos in a single day.

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

When photographing and documenting gravestones using the excellent BillionGraves mobile application, the precise GPS coordinates of every gravestone are preserved. This makes it easy for others to locate and visit graves of family members and also allows volunteers to see which areas of a cemetery have already been photographed, avoiding duplication and maximizing productivity.

We have extended that original initiative, pledging to photograph all cemeteries and gravestones in Israel and to transcribe all the information on each and every gravestone.

Continue reading "We’re Halfway to Digitizing Every Cemetery in Israel" »

12    Sep 20160 comments

New: 33 Million Finland Church Records Added

We've just added the most significant records available for Finnish genealogical research to MyHeritage SuperSearch — a huge collection of 33 million digitized Finland Church Records. The records in the Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1915 collection were maintained by the Lutheran Church in Finland and cover nearly 300 years, providing insights into the entire population of Finland during this period.

Almost everyone with Finnish roots will be able to find their ancestors in this collection, follow them over time and across various locations in Finland, learn more about their lives, and ultimately extend their family tree by many generations and make fascinating family history discoveries.

Search the Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls

While parts of the Finnish church records could previously be found online, such as non-indexed images, they were never entirely indexed or searchable, until now. Under agreement with the National Archives Service of Finland, MyHeritage is the first to have undertaken the challenging project of indexing the church records and pre-confirmation books. They are now available online for the first time, fully indexed and searchable, and only on MyHeritage.

Importance

This collection is the most significant resource for anyone with Finnish roots because of the unmatched quality and quantity of the genealogical information it provides. It is likely to remain the most valuable collection of Finnish historical records ever published online. Continue reading "New: 33 Million Finland Church Records Added" »

6    Sep 201629 comments

DNA Matching Now Live

In mid-May, we gave MyHeritage users who have taken a DNA test the ability to upload DNA data to benefit from free DNA Matching, once we complete developing it. We’re happy to announce that our DNA Matching technology is now ready and live!

DNA Matching can open up exciting new research directions, and allow you to find and connect with relatives you may not have known about.

MyHeritage DNA Matching Now Live

As promised, our DNA Matching is completely free and will remain free for those who have already uploaded their DNA test results. If you have taken a DNA test (with test providers like Family Tree DNA, 23andMe or Ancestry), or have DNA test results from other family members, and have not uploaded them to MyHeritage yet, we recommend that you hurry up and upload the DNA data now. If you do, you will still enjoy free DNA Matching on MyHeritage forever. Follow these simple instructions to export your raw DNA data from the service you tested with and import this data to MyHeritage.

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31    Jul 20165 comments

Tribal Quest: Back from Papua New Guinea

We've completed our Tribal Quest expedition to Papua New Guinea, where we had an incredible experience documenting the family histories of people in remote tribes whose stories are at risk of being lost forever.

We traveled to five different tribes in various regions of rural Papua New Guinea where we lived and worked with local families to preserve their unique histories for future generations.

This trip was the second expedition in our Tribal Quest project. Learn more about our global initiative at the Tribal Quest website.

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse places on the planet. With 7 million people spread out over an area of 460,000 square kilometers, tribes live isolated from one another, separated by forests, rivers, and mountains. Continue reading "Tribal Quest: Back from Papua New Guinea" »

18    Jul 201613 comments

New: SuperSearch Alerts

We're delighted to introduce a new feature, SuperSearch™ Alerts.

A SuperSearch Alert is a notification letting you know that new results are available for your previous search on SuperSearch, that did not exist when you conducted the search.

MyHeritage's SuperSearch contains a wealth of useful content to explore. Currently home to 6.85 billion historical records, SuperSearch includes MyHeritage family trees, public photos, census records, birth, marriage and death records, family history books and a lot more. Continue reading "New: SuperSearch Alerts" »

1    Jul 201664 comments

Introducing PedigreeMap™ — an Interactive Map of Your Family History

We're happy to announce the launch of PedigreeMap™, an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.

Have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly your great-grandmother was born? Seeing significant events from your family's past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family's journey. Trace the locations of your ancestors and get new geographical and historical insights into your family history. You may suddenly realize that all of your grandparents come from a tiny region in Europe; or that your second cousins are actually your neighbors.

PedigreeMap

PedigreeMap displays all your photos and events grouped by country and location, allowing you to easily filter the map to view it by person, family group, event type, and time period. If you have a tablet device, such as an iPad or an Android tablet, PedigreeMap will look awesome on it. You will be able to pan and zoom with your fingers, and enjoy the maps tremendously.

Continue reading "Introducing PedigreeMap™ — an Interactive Map of Your Family History" »

29    Jun 201610 comments

Introducing the New and Improved MyHeritage Photo Gallery

MyHeritage is the perfect place for preserving your family memories. As of this week, storing your entire library of family photos with MyHeritage just got easier and more enjoyable.

We have just completed updating the photos section on MyHeritage with a brand new look and improved functionality. All your photos, videos and audio files are now consolidated in a single, well-organized view.

New photos section (click to zoom)

To see the new and updated photos section, simply sign in to MyHeritage and click "Photos" in the top navigation of your family site.

Continue reading "Introducing the New and Improved MyHeritage Photo Gallery" »

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