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.
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.
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.
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 Here at MyHeritage, we had a busy 2015 full of exciting new features, useful historical content and much more.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.
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!
This month, we are spotlighting MyHeritage volunteer Airton Minchoni, who has been helping to translate MyHeritage products into Portuguese (Brazil) during the past year.
Born in southeastern Brazil, he moved as a teenager with his family to the northeast. The distance caused him to lose contact with some relatives, but he took advantage of every visit to his grandparents' home to learn more about his family history and his grandparents' generation. That was the start of his family history journey.
The MyHeritage team had a fantastic time last week at the Who Do You Think You Are Live? 2015 show in Birmingham, UK.
Thousands interested in exploring their family history flocked to the show this year. We enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old ones who visited our booth to say hello.
This year was the 45th Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree, a great gathering of attendees and presenters covering the entire spectrum of genealogical pursuits, from DNA to specific countries.
We were happy to help attendees learn more about MyHeritage.
We're getting ready for the 45th annual SCGS Jamboree conference, organized by the Southern California Genealogical Society, which will be held June 5-8.
This year's theme is “Golden Memories: Discovering Your Family History.” The focus is on our European ancestors. Class sessions are scheduled for German, Irish, English/UK, Scotland, Eastern Europe, Italian, Mennonite, Swedish, and Russian, as well as African American and Jewish classes. An entire day (Thursday, June 5) is dedicated to learning about family history through DNA.
Eighty MyHeritage employees from our headquarters in Israel arrived in full force early Sunday morning to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel, to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile application. We felt it was important to practice this ourselves, before we call upon others to join us in this initiative. By gaining hands-on experience, we aimed to create best practices, improve the product and fine-tune methodologies for digitizing cemeteries all around the world in the most efficient manner.
So what brings a large group of young folks with smartphones to a cemetery? We recently announced a global initiative, together with BillionGraves, to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. It is important to digitize cemeteries because of the key role that gravestones play in family history and in society in general. Most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. In addition, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent.