We're delighted to welcome Karen Hägele to our German team. She replaces Silvia da Silva, who recently went on maternity leave. We wish Silvia much health and happiness and look forward to her return next year. Karen now shares her family story, to which many of us can relate.
Back to my roots: from Brazil to Germany
As a small child, I remember using certain words that my friends didn’t know. For example I called my grandmother Oma and my grandfather Opa. I could count from eins to zehn and my favorite nursery rhyme was Backe, backe Kuchen. At night, I wished my parents Gute Nacht, and at Christmas we ate Stollen (a kind of fruit cake), baked, of course, by my grandmother.
We were the only ones in our neighborhood to have a real Christmas tree with real candles instead of "blinking stuff," as my Granddaddy used to say.
All of that would have been quite normal had I not been born in Brazil.
On Friday morning, the Southern California Genealogical Society's Jamboree exhibit hall opened to crowds. More than 1,600 family history fans had registered for the event.
Conference-goers arrived to find great deals on genealogy products, ask questions and receive answers to family history questions, as they mingled with friends from everywhere at this event.
Jamboree’s venue at the Burbank Marriott is excellent; this conference is well organized.
The MyHeritage booth was busy and we welcomed Joel Weintraub, co-developer of the popular 1940 Census ED Finder tools on stevemorse.org.
Joel demonstrated original 1940 census forms, enumerator training manuals, postcards left at homes where no one answered the door, and other original documents.
Joel found the items on eBay, along with other historical items he showed to us and at his 1940 Census presentation.
His program was interesting, as it took many humorous turns and also went deeply into the inner workings of the 1940 census. He described some issues, including some people’s refusal to answer questions and the process to complete the national count. You can search all the census images online at MyHeritage.com/1940census.
Who would have guessed that Hollywood would be part of this year's Jamboree theme in Burbank, California? This year, we are "Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS! Spotlight on Family History."
The event's regular attendees expect social media guru Thomas MacEntee's bling, and the geneabloggers' New Orleans-style beads and ribbons, but having the American Idol Top 10 in our hotel - in addition to auditions for another popular music show - is a great way to add life to a genealogy conference.
Sitting at the unofficial bloggers table with a famous geneablogger, Daniel Horowitz and Mark Olsen pulled up the American Idol 2012 website for a photo of the finalists.
This post was co-authored by MyHeritage US genealogy adviser, Schelly Talalay Dardashti and MyHeritage business development manager and genealogist, Mark Olsen.
One of the most recognized names in the genealogy world, Dick Eastman is synonymous with geneablogging and using technology to improve your family history experience.
At the recent National Genealogical Society conference in Cincinnati, the MyHeritage team saw a chance to spend some personal time with Dick - and tour his recreational vehicle (RV) - we jumped at the opportunity.
Following the success of How to find your relatives in the 1940 US Census, we invite you to register for our next webinar: "Family Tree Builder: Tips and tricks to make family history research easier." The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 17 at 2pm EDT*.
Want to learn the tricks of the trade from our MyHeritage experts? In this session, we’ll discuss:
• Building or importing a family tree
• Tips to help you improve your research
• Sharing information with other family members
MyHeritage's free software - Family Tree Builder - is perfect for creating family trees, adding photos and optionally publishing to the Web for sharing with family members with full privacy control including preventing online publishing of specific people, specific notes, specific facts or certain facts for all people.
MyHeritage is at the National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, taking place this week in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) from May 9-12.
The conference is a fantastic opportunity for genealogists and anyone interested in family history research to get together and share ideas.
NGS was established more than a century ago - in Washington DC, in 1903. It provides education and training for the genealogy community and promotes access to and preservation of genealogical records.
In March, I traveled “down under” to Australia.
I was invited by the South Australian Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) to present a keynote talk at the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry. I spoke about how we share and preserve memories in today’s digital age. In addition, I presented a program about MyHeritage’s unique and well-known facial recognition technology, which helps researchers discover relatives in family photos.
The conference was a wonderful experience, and I enjoyed meeting some long time genealogy community friends and speaking with regional experts. While staffing our exhibit hall booth, I greeted MyHeritage users and informed others about the advantages and features MyHeritage offers.
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.
The MyHeritage team - like any family - loves to get together and our annual costume party is one of our favorite events. Every year, we have lots of fun and the costumes are always impressive. Checking the photos from previous years, we realized how fast we've grown and how big the MyHeritage family has become.
Always busy, this trip follows his recent participation at Who Do You Think You Are Live! in London.
He'll also speak in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide on general genealogy topics and what MyHeritage and WorldVitalRecords offers to family historians and genealogists.
He has a multi-faceted role at MyHeritage. With more than 20 years of genealogy experience, Daniel provides key contributions in product development, customer support and public relations; working with genealogy societies, bloggers and media; as well as speaking and attending conferences around the world. He also heads our translation department, where he has been instrumental in increasing MyHeritage’s global support for 38 languages for our website and software.