It’s been an incredible ride.
We’re proud to announce that MyHeritage is the first commercial site to have all the 1940 US Census images available for searching for free! Please let us know what you find on www.myheritage.com/1940census.
Now that we’ve completed the images, we’re continuing with the indexing. Yesterday, the first indexed records were made available - Bristol County, Rhode Island. The index is searchable by names, facts and other criteria, all for free!
We’ve now uploaded 26 states with over 4 million images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census to our website www.myheritage.com/1940census. Search for free!
States ready for searching: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado , Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The index will also be provided and will be added to as the work is completed. Researchers around the world have been waiting for this census for 72 years, and we are proud to be part of this historical event.
I already have a list of history mysteries that I’m hoping the images will help solve. Of course, as a long time genealogist, I know that the more data we can access may be somewhat of a two-edged sword.
While we find more information and finally answer some questions, the new data often raises additional mysteries.
So, I guess I am hoping for both: Answers and more mysteries, which will give me more data to track down, and more leads to other resources that I’ve not yet considered.
What was so special about 1940?
The US was coming out of the Great Depression, the economy was improving, people were full of hope, and they didn't know that in two years, they'd be at war. See a photo right of the January 1940 Senior Prom of Samuel J. Tilden High School (Brooklyn, New York). In less than three months, everyone in the photo would be recorded in the 1940 census.
What is a census?
We’re delighted to welcome two new executives to MyHeritage: Russ Wilding and Roger Bell.
Russ and Roger are the former founders of Footnote.com, which was acquired by Ancestry.com in 2010. Russ has been appointed Chief Content Officer for MyHeritage and Roger is VP Product. They will be based in the MyHeritage Utah office.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so who can resist endless photo inspiration? We know we can’t, that’s why we created our new Pinterest profile. It’s our unique, gorgeous space for family lovers everywhere, displaying everything from great DIY ideas, family photo inspiration to celebrity families we love and family reunion tips.
At MyHeritage, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re playing our part in this big moment in family history and, as of April 2, we’ll be offering you the census images and a growing searchable name index, completely free of charge.
There are so many birthdays, anniversaries and other family events, it's hard to keep track. That's why we've created the new, personalized printed family calendars. In just one click events and photos from your MyHeritage family site will be automatically placed and organized into a beautiful family calendar, that you can receive straight to your home. Multiple copies can be ordered and delivered worldwide, so no loved family member will be left without one.
Hang on the wall at home or keep on your desk at work, this convenient planner has everybody's photo right next to their name. It looks as good as the calendar that your aunt slaved for weeks to prepare, and nobody will know your little secret, that you got it made in just a few clicks! So how do we make this magic happen?
Creating your family calendar is quick, simple and fun and only takes a few seconds. To make it a breeze, our technology automatically matches photos and events to the appropriate dates . The calendar is created automatically for you, but it's also simple for those who want to customize it: you can select from diverse graphical styles, pick the language and the start month, change any photos, add events and choose which national or religious holidays to include.
The MyHeritage team returned from three intensive days at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2012 show in London’s Olympia, attended by some 15,000 visitors.
The team included CEO and founder Gilad Japhet, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz, head of genealogy (UK) Laurence Harris and US genealogy advisor Schelly Talalay Dardashti, along with UK/US community manager Aaron Godfrey, former UK community manager James Sanderson, Netherlands community manager Denie Kasan and support representative Aviv Ben-Arie.
We enjoyed meeting with old friends and prospective members during the show. Many new users registered at the booth, while many existing members spent time with our team, shared their stories and sought assistance in advancing their family research.
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