3    Apr 20140 comments

Uncovering Family History: Live on Fox News

When author Yvette Corporon wrote her recently released novel, When the Cypress Whispers, she delved deep into her family history. She uncovered the tale of her grandparents, who lived on a small Greek island -- and how they, along with their neighbors, hid a Jewish family on the island during the Second World War.

MyHeritage helped Yvette connect with people who know the family that was hidden and she hopes to reunite with them soon.

Yesterday, Yvette was on Fox News Channel's weekday morning show, Fox and Friends, to discuss her new book.

Watch Yvette talk about using MyHeritage for her family research:

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22    Jan 20140 comments

MyHeritage CEO on Bloomberg TV!

MyHeritage's Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, was interviewed by journalist Elliott Gotkine live on Bloomberg Television.

Gilad Japhet being interviewed live on Bloomberg TV.

The interview was recorded at the network's studio at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and aired live on Bloomberg Television, reaching over 310 million homes worldwide.

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29    Jul 20134 comments

MyHeritage discovers heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated during WWII

We have often discussed the importance of building family trees and how genealogy can be used to make exciting family discoveries.

Gilad Japhet, MyHeritage's Founder & CEO, read an article a few months ago concerning the compensation for Jewish-owned German property that had been confiscated by the Nazis during World War II.

The article linked to a list compiled by the Claims Conference of around 40,000 properties (homes, buildings, stores and factories) located in former East Germany. The descendants of these property owners are entitled to compensation.

MyHeritage notified Cati Holland that she was eligible for compensation (Credit: Oded Balilty/AP)

Gilad initiated a project to use MyHeritage resources to try and match the people on this list, the original property owners, with their living descendants. Continue reading "MyHeritage discovers heirs for unclaimed assets confiscated during WWII" »

22    Mar 20133 comments

RootsTech 2013: Day 1

On Wednesday morning, following the keynote address, the doors opened and thousands of people came through. All of our computers were in use in a matter of minutes.

Here's our team at RootsTech 2013!

Our busy MyHeritage booth!

Last night's FamilySearch.org annual blogger dinner was informative.

As far as attendance stats, we were told that - as of last evening - some 6,800 people had registered. Last year, a little over 4,000 had come through the exhibit halls. In addition, the group has made a concerted effort to bring in young people. An additional nearly 2,000 young people, ages 12-18, will be here on Saturday. And this isn't even counting the numbers around the world you will see live streaming of a number of great programs during the event.

For the first time, organizers said, viewing centers were set up in six countries as a pilot program which is expected to continue and expand in the future.

We video-recorded interviews with Cindy Howells of Cyndi's List, Dick Eastman, Randy Seaver and DearMyrtle, and hope to being them to you soon.

Stay tuned for our next RootsTech post!

25    Jan 20121 comment

MyHeritage During 2011

With the holidays over and 2012 in full swing, we’re taking a look back at the big news from MyHeritage in 2011.

For those who don’t remember what happened over the past 12 months - there were many major announcements – we’ve prepared a summary of the events:

25 January: Improvement to Smart Matches:

In January, MyHeritage released many changes to our market-leading Smart Matches technology. This helped make the process of discovering new family members - past and present - easier than ever before.

9 February: MyHeritage in 100 seconds

In February, we released a 100-second video demonstrating how MyHeritage works. Although meant to be a quick intro for those new to MyHeritage.com, even long-time users wrote to say it helped them learn about new features.

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23    Nov 201113 comments

MyHeritage acquires FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com!

It is with great pleasure that we announce our acquisition of FamilyLink.com, Inc., the Utah-based company that operates the Websites FamilyLink.com and WorldVitalRecords.com.

This is our seventh and largest acquisition so far and the two Websites are joining the MyHeritage family. The exciting news was released on Techcrunch and announced by us in a press release that you can read here. We will soon be sending a personal email to our users about it.

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10    Jun 20110 comments

MyHeritage.com Named as One of the Best Family History Websites

Family Tree Magazine has just announced its Best Websites for 2011, and MyHeritage.com is proud to be among them.

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!

21    Feb 20111 comment

MyHeritage.com Named 2nd Most Popular Genealogy Website for 2011

It's that time of year again and ProGenealogists has published its "50 Most Popular" site rankings, a careful review of the top 50 genealogy websites as measured by web site analytics data and the top four metric services.

We are thrilled to have placed second in the rankings, after working many years to create the ideal place for families to connect to each other – mixing family history and social networking to provide a private place for families to build their family tree, share photos, celebrate and preserve special family moments.

We sincerely thank our members for their support over the years and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Best wishes,
The MyHeritage.com Team

1    Oct 20102 comments

MyHeritage Named One of the World’s Top Social Networking Sites

We've always known it, but now it seems other people are starting to give MyHeritage attention for being one of the world’s most popular social networking sites.

A recent report by eBIZ MBAshows MyHeritage at No. 14 on a list of the Internet's most popular social networks that includes heavyweights like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The really pleasing thing about this announcement is that it recognises MyHeritage not just as one of the best sites on the Web for researching and recording family history but, more importantly, as a family-based social network.

There aren’t many other social networking companies that can lay claim to being as family-focused as MyHeritage is  and we are by far the most successful.

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6    Jan 20100 comments

Praise for Family Tree Builder

The Family Tree Builder 4.0 has been out for a few months; plenty of time for you to try out the maps feature, play around with its family chat and explore the new photo options.

Family Tree Builder AwardWe've received a lot of good feedback about the new program (the bad we're taking onboard for newer versions) and so we wanted to draw your attention to some awards and reviews we've had of the program.

Gensoft reviews is a site launched by Louis Kessler, a long time programmer and genealogist, living in Winnipeg, Canada, which allows ratings and reviews by users of genealogy software.
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