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.

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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" »

1    Jun 20161 comment

Road Trip: MyHeritage at Conferences Around the World

We're hitting the road this week to head to four family history conferences in four corners of the world! We hope you will come along and say hello to us in person at our booths and learn more about MyHeritage from our classes and demos. We'd love to see you there!

1) Ontario Genealogy Society Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 3-5
The OGS Conference of 2016 is promising to be even larger than expected. Members of all 34 branches and special interest groups of the Ontario Genealogical Society and other family historians from across North America and around the world will meet in Toronto for three days of inspiring lectures, workshops, displays, and other learning opportunities.

MyHeritage Chief Genealogist Daniel Horowitz will give a mini-lecture on Saturday morning on "Why Build Your Family Tree on MyHeritage?" On Sunday, he will speak on "Discovering Your Family History with Seven Unique Technologies" and "Mobile Applications for Genealogy Research and Family Photo and Data Sharing." On Sunday, Esther Shuman will give a mini-lecture on "How to Use MyHeritage’s Cutting-Edge Matching Technologies." Continue reading "Road Trip: MyHeritage at Conferences Around the World" »

6    May 20161 comment

Our Volunteers: Viktor finds his family

MyHeritage volunteer, Viktor Langer, 52, lives in the small spa village of  Teplice nad Becvou in Moravia, the Czech Republic – with his wife, Blanka. They have three children – ages 19, 20, and 25.

Thanks to MyHeritage and especially to its online family websites, Viktor is in more frequent contact with many members of his large family. They have become regular visitors to his family site and have been a great help in updating the contents.

He was so pleased with his family history research using MyHeritage that, in 2009, when he received an offer from the MyHeritage translation team to translate the website into his native Czech language, he didn’t hesitate for a second. Continue reading "Our Volunteers: Viktor finds his family" »

12    Apr 20160 comments

WDYTYA Live 2016: The highlights

Our MyHeritage team had a great time last week at the Who Do You Think You Are Live? 2016 show in Birmingham, UK.

The show attracted visitors from all over the UK and also many from abroad. Both beginners and advanced researchers shared their passion of family history.

The busy MyHeritage booth at WDYTYA Live! 2016

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9    Feb 20160 comments

Highlights from RootsTech 2016

This year's RootsTech conference — the biggest family history event in the world — which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, has come to a close. It was the largest audience ever recorded, with an estimated 25,000 people attending and over 150,000 watching classes online.

We had a great time participating in the event, introducing MyHeritage to new people and demonstrating new features to existing users.

The crowded MyHeritage booth at RootsTech 2016.

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3    Feb 20160 comments

We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!

RootsTech is the largest family history event in the world. It runs from February 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme is "Celebrating Families across Generations."

The conference is always exciting, and offers many opportunities to learn about family history as well as the new technologies that bring families together and help make family history discoveries easier.

Will you be there? Continue reading "We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!" »

20    Jan 2016123 comments

A Sneak Peek Inside the MyHeritage HQ

At MyHeritage, we're passionate about family, and our family-like work environment has always reflected this since our early startup days. To keep this atmosphere even as we expand, our offices have been designed to balance a fun and welcoming office environment, with a reflection of our commitment to the preservation of family history.

MyHeritage began in Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet's living room in Bnei Atarot, a village founded by the Templers. Then for several years the company's headquarters were located in a Templer family estate and farmhouse in the same village. This picturesque setting is where the company grew from 2 to 70 employees. Continue reading "A Sneak Peek Inside the MyHeritage HQ" »

29    Dec 20157 comments

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

The year has come and gone in a flash, and what a year it has been! Here at MyHeritage, we had a busy 2015 full of exciting new features, useful historical content and much more.

We started off the year with a bang, launching the Family Tree Builder Mac Extension. We believe that people should be able to discover and preserve their family history on whatever platform they are comfortable with, and that there is value in the ability to work offline. The new Mac version joins our veteran Windows version available since 2005.

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28    Dec 20150 comments

Volunteers: We couldn’t do it without you!

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of connecting families around the globe, regardless of the language, and we are proud that our worldwide network is available in 42 languages.

This achievement has only been made possible with the support of our dedicated community of volunteers.

We thank each of our wonderful translators for this success. They roll up their sleeves and devote their time and skills to helping others discover, preserve and share their family history in their native languages! Continue reading "Volunteers: We couldn’t do it without you!" »

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