Married, he has two daughters in Lisbon. The older is a TV reporter, and the younger is a landscape architect.
After many years of working for two large companies in Lisbon and in Funchal (where he has lived for 16 years), he took early retirement due to illness.
Today, Vasco is a volunteer for the Portuguese Red Cross, where he can help people and work for a good cause. He has also been a volunteer translator of Portuguese for MyHeritage, since 2012.
It was so long ago that I don’t remember if I was asked to help or if I proposed to help. It has been a great experience! Since I enjoy genealogy and also like to practice my English, this has been a dual-goal job. I’ve also made friends on the MyHeritage team.
Over the years, we've featured many incredible stories from MyHeritage users who have made family history discoveries. Some have found hidden photos or mementos of their loved ones, others reconnected with long-lost family members or were reunited with completely unknown relatives!
We've collected some of their tried-and-tested advice, to help you with your family history research, no matter what stage you are at right now.
Getting started. Enter the names of people you know and the information you have. Work back towards the unknown.
Talk with living older relatives. Speak with your family: parents, grandparents, cousins, and siblings, and especially with all your older relatives to find out about their lives and what they remember. Do not wait until your parents or grandparents are too old to remember or are no longer living.
It's always exciting to hear about MyHeritage users who have reconnected with family members around the world. One such user, Peri, recently told us about the incredible discovery of her unknown cousins through MyHeritage. As a result, she now has photos of her ancestors that had never been seen before.
I am wild with excitement. I got an email that on MyHeritage there was a match. I was shocked to see my mother's maternal family in another tree and the best part was there were so many photos which - as we all know - is "genealogy gold."
Peri is married and has two children. She is an attorney in Connecticut and graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law in 1984. For the past several years, she has devoted her practice to locate missing and unknown heirs, given her background in genealogy. She has successfully solved many cases where she reunited family members or just gave someone their family tree, and they were very grateful.
When Cathy Combs of Spokane, Washington began researching her family history, she had no clue what discoveries were awaiting. She uncovered a huge chunk of family that she never knew existed.
MyHeritage has played a pivotal role in the documentation of my family history, and research that enabled the discovery of my half-siblings!
It all started with Jean McDonald Clark. Jean was born in Chicago, but raised in Minnesota. She married Ernest Rucks in 1946. Between 1947 and 1950, the couple had four children. She was a young bride with an unfortunate domestically turbulent home life. While pregnant with her fifth child, she fled to California to safely give birth and process for divorce. In the early 1950s, battered women in such situations had few options or resources.
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.
In September 2015, Jacob Eric Stathers, 63, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and began treatment. While undergoing chemotherapy, he found himself with extra time on his hands, and he decided to dedicate this time to exploring his family history.
He began searching for the best tools and technology for his research and soon learned about MyHeritage. What he didn’t realize then were the new and exciting discoveries that genealogy would bring, and that it would open up a broader world during this difficult time in his life.
A British Columbia native, now Eric lives with his wife in Bellevue, Washington. They each have two children and two stepchildren. He holds a BSc (Agriculture — Soil Science), an MBA (University of British Columbia, Canada), and also studied at the Advanced Management College (Stanford University, California). A senior executive with 35 years of experience in business software, consulting, and management, he is today the managing partner of Stathers & Associates LLC. He is also co-editor and publisher of In the Ditch: Stories of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway 1929-65, authored by his grandfather, Eric Prince Stathers.
Eric became interested in family history as a young boy when his UK-born paternal grandfather, who lived with Eric's family while recovering from a heart attack, began compiling his family tree and writing his memoirs.
Just a few days after creating a family tree on MyHeritage, Nancy Guay received a message: "My name is Judy, and I think I’m your sister."
These were the words Nancy Guay - of Montreal, Canada - and her brother Jamie had been waiting to hear for over 50 years.
Nancy: For a moment I felt the ground disappear from under my feet. I’d discovered my lost sister after believing I’d never find her.
South Carolina resident Joia Sokol Thompson shared this story about her sister Carol Sokol, a nurse who lives in Utah.
Carol is the Sokol family genealogist and has been working on their history — particularly their father’s line — since she was 14 in the early 1970s. One of her most prized heirlooms is a letter written to her great-grandfather in 1880. MyHeritage led her to cousins in Canada who decoded the antique letter and uncovered new family connections.
Carol’s mother accompanied her husband to visit his relatives and, for years, she recorded family history information. She often asked relatives to complete family group sheets and pedigree sheets that she organized.
October marks the 210th anniversary of the death of the great British military hero, Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was mortally wounded during his final victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.
We recently spoke with MyHeritage user David Bullock - from Bath, England - after he discovered an unexpected connection with Nelson that blew him away.
Looking deeper into your roots and learning more about your family's past can help strengthen family connections and uncover previously unknown relatives. Many of our users have shared what they've uncovered and learned about their families, using MyHeritage.
Take a look at our featured stories to see some incredible discoveries. Barbara followed a MyHeritage SmartMatch to uncover her mother’s side of the family and, as a result, received priceless family correspondence. Brian was able to use MyHeritage to trace his family tree back to 690 AD and he discovered that his ninth great-grandfather was, in fact, The Duke of Argyll!
Share your story for a chance to win one of three Kindles, and to have your story featured on our blog! To enter, send us an email with your story, to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7.
We look forward to hearing about your discoveries!