It's that time of year... The summer is coming to an end and we're savouring every last little bit of fun we can. At MyHeritage, we decided to get all our families together and enjoy a fun day!
There was plenty going on for families and children alike and we revelled in the last glimmers of sunshine. We enjoyed a relaxing and fun day together with our families. We'd like to share - with our loyal blog readers - the many pictures we took. At MyHeritage, we really are a big family.
The Family Graph API - making the web a better place for families.
We're very excited to release our Family Graph API in beta - a major new addition that evolves MyHeritage.com from a website into a platform, and allows more developers to create useful services for the users of MyHeritage.com.
Read on to find out more about how this can benefit you if you're a family history fan, a developer or simply someone who enjoys spending time online with their family. Not to mention our $10K prize for the best family app......
Sara has just joined the MyHeritage team and has been given the task of engaging with our 300,000 Swedish users. In addition, she now has her very own MyHeritage Swedish blog to post daily about all the genealogical happenings in Sweden.
Sara, in her first post, talks about her fascinating family history and how she tracked down her uncle in an otherwise baffling situation. Below is a summary of her story, translated from Swedish.
Her maternal line originates from the East coast of Sweden going as far back as the 1700s. However, her paternal heritage is really rather fascinating. Following the Second World War, both of her grandparents emigrated to Sweden.
Her Grandfather Fransesco came from Taranto in Southern Italy and he met Grandma Marietta when she emigrated from Finland. They lived in Sweden together and bore Sara’s father in 1958. A few years later, her grandfather died leaving her father to be raised without a father or siblings.
Well, it’s definitely been a busy few weeks for UK genealogy. As I’m sure most UK-based people will relate to, we tend to keep many things for the summer months- and genealogy and family history interests tend to subscribe to that notion.
On the 10th August series 8 of the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ kicked-off with June Brown, otherwise known as Dot Cotton from Eastenders. The programme is often lauded with sparking a genealogical revolution in the UK and definitely hasn’t lost its edge over the last 7 series. The first installment didn’t disappoint with a bare-knuckle fighter, persecution and the Spanish Inquisition all components of June’s fascinating family history.
I’m told that the next episode (showing tomorrow on BBC1 at 9pm) charts the family history of JK Rowling and her French roots, including a ‘shocking’ revelation about her great grandfather - definitely one to watch.
Another bit of excellent news is that The Society of Genealogists’ Summer Membership Special Offer is now on. They are offering to completely waive the joining administration fee, which should make membership more accessible for many.
And finally, as if we didn’t need reminding about how popular genealogy is at the moment, the West Glamorgan Archive Service has just released figures that show that they’ve had their busiest year ever. According to Archive staff, the rise in popularity has in part been due to the popular BBC Wales series ‘Come Home’, on which celebrities trace their Welsh heritage for all to see.
Blimey, this genealogy stuff is getting more popular by the minute.
MyHeritage is on the road once again - this time to Washington DC for the 31st IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, August 14-19.
This time next week, Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy Advisor for the UK Laurence Harris and myself (Genealogy Advisor for the US Schelly Talalay Dardashti) will be attending, presenting programs and staffing the MyHeritage display booth.
We look forward to meeting with old friends, with happy MyHeritage users and making many new friends.
In addition to our new MyHeritage Challenge - read below for how you can participate - we are all speaking at the week-long event.
Another language was added to MyHeritage.com this week. Your family site can now be displayed in 37 languages. As you’ll see in your language options, Latvian is now available.
It should prove useful for users in both Latvia and Lithuania, making it a little bit easier to connect on MyHeritage.com.
Since our previous UK Community Manager, Robert, has now flown from the MyHeritage nest, now is probably an excellent time to introduce our new, shiny and eager UK Community Manager, James.
I like to think of this blog as your opportunity to interact with us, so if you have any comments, a great family story or would just like to say hello then you can do so in the comments or on our twitter page (@myheritage) or even at facebook.com/myheritage.
I have spent most of the last few years working in Journalism and Marketing, but I also consider myself to be an amateur genealogist. I started researching my family history around 7 years ago using some (very) basic methods. Recently I placed my tree on MyHeritage.com and it quickly grew to 640 people from 400 using Smart Matches™. The next logical step was, of course, to join the team.
We're pleased to introduce Family Goals, enabling you and your family to split the bill on Premium and PremiumPlus subscriptions at MyHeritage.com. By allowing other family members to chip in to help meet the costs of a subscription - family history becomes more affordable and this also encourages the wider family to become more engaged in exploring its past.
If you're not already a member of MyHeritage.com, sign up for free and start your Family Goal today. Visit MyHeritage.com and start a new family tree, or import an existing tree by uploading a GEDCOM file.
Now let's take a look at how Family Goals work.
The annual awards give credit to the best resources on the web for family historians and genealogists. Family Tree Magazine highlighted MyHeritage.com’s usefulness for storing and sharing information, and also said that:
"Recently updated with cool charting tools and an upgraded SmartMatching system, this site not only hosts your family tree, but constantly scours its 17 million trees for people who might match your ancestors."
Family Tree Magazine is America’s most popular genealogy publication, and you’ll be able to pick up a copy at any large newsstand nearby. In the meantime, you can view online the full list of Best Websites for 2011.
Speaking of Family Tree Magazine, check out our joint family reunion themed competition with them! It could be your family reunion of a lifetime!