26    May 20160 comments

Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!

Is there a long direct line of one gender in your family? How many men versus women are in your family tree?

The statistics section on your MyHeritage family site will provide the answer. Among other interesting facts, see which gender is more prevalent in your family. In my family tree, it's split pretty evenly. Of 304 people, 156 are male.

If the Underdahl family of Idaho would check their family tree statistics, they would probably see that the men in their tree reigned and are the majority. In their family, there hadn't been a baby girl born in the direct line for over 100 years. That just changed. Continue reading "Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!" »

24    May 20164 comments

Our Stories: Uncovering a brood of half-siblings

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!

Cathy and four of her six siblings, at a 2014 reunion

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. Continue reading "Our Stories: Uncovering a brood of half-siblings" »

19    May 201634 comments

MyHeritage is Adding Free DNA Matching

We have some good news for the genealogy community.

We are constantly developing new ways to advance genealogy through the latest technological innovations. One of the most exciting frontiers in family history research is DNA and today's announcement reflects a major step by MyHeritage in this important area.

DNA and traditional genealogy methods, such as family trees and historical records, go hand in hand. DNA can sometimes help where traditional research encounters a dead end, while traditional genealogy is often required to pinpoint an exact relationship path discovered by DNA.

While we have been offering DNA test kits for a few years — through partnerships — and will continue to do so, we are now developing a new DNA Matching service. This service will enable people who have already tested their DNA through DNA testing services (such as 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA) to enjoy MyHeritage’s exceptional matching capabilities for their family history research, and get more value from the DNA test they already took. Continue reading "MyHeritage is Adding Free DNA Matching" »

19    May 201619 comments

Enhance Your Research: Understand Worldwide Naming Patterns

This is a guest post by genealogist James L. Tanner, a retired trial attorney from Arizona now living in Utah. He is the author of two popular genealogy blogs, Genealogy's Star and Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. With over 30 years of genealogy experience, he currently volunteers at the Brigham Young University Family History Library in Provo, Utah.

Not too long ago, MyHeritage.com opened a major genealogical door for many researchers with its new Global Name Translation Technology. Quoting from the product announcement, “The technology automatically translates the names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, at very high accuracy, generating all plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages.” See, New Feature: Global Name Translation™ Technology. This technology is highly beneficial because many given names and surnames have equivalents in various languages. But even with this valuable help from MyHeritage.com, it is still important to understand the basic naming patterns in the country or countries where your ancestors lived. Continue reading "Enhance Your Research: Understand Worldwide Naming Patterns" »

16    May 20166 comments

Meet the Team: Maor and Maayan Cohen

Visitors to the MyHeritage office often do a double take when they walk past the development offices. Only a few doors from each other sit twin brothers Maor and Maayan. They swear that they’re not identical twins but, looking at them, you would never guess it.

Maor was the first to interview at MyHeritage back in December 2011, but he joined the company after his brother, Maayan. Maor couldn’t immediately leave his position at a different company, but suggested Maayan as another candidate for the MyHeritage development team. “I told them that I have a very similar looking and talented brother who would be very interested,” Continue reading "Meet the Team: Maor and Maayan Cohen" »

10    May 20160 comments

New Initiative: Tribal Quest

MyHeritage is excited to announce the launch of a new global initiative — Tribal Quest — to record the family histories of tribal people living in remote locations and to preserve their stories for future generations.

Visit the Tribal Quest website

Here’s a short video that introduces the Tribal Quest project, and shows highlights from our first destination, Namibia:

One of our driving forces as a company is to do good, and we place particular emphasis on initiating pro bono projects that increase people's engagement with genealogy — wherever they may live. We recognize that, across a diverse range of cultural practices and geographic locations, every family has its own stories waiting to be told and shared. Tribal Quest is one of our most exciting initiatives, and its impact is already proving very positive.

Continue reading "New Initiative: Tribal Quest" »

9    May 20160 comments

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is a designated time to pay tribute to all the incredible moms in your family. It is celebrated in many different ways. Some buy their mother a gift or send them flowers; others write cards — and let's not forget breakfast in bed for mom! It is an excellent opportunity to get the whole family together and to let your mother know just how much she means to you.

We recently asked you to nominate the special mothers in your family tree that made a difference in your life.

Here are some of our favorites that we've chosen to feature today: Continue reading "Happy Mother’s Day!" »

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" »

2    May 201628 comments

MyHeritage Reunites Two Brothers Separated for 65 Years

"I can't tell you what it means to finally meet my brother after 65 years."

At MyHeritage, we regularly hear from our users about life-changing discoveries they have made about their families using our website. Today we share with you a truly exceptional story, and one that we had the privilege of taking part in as it unfolded. This is the story of two brothers separated as young children in post-World War II Europe. They hadn’t seen one another in 65 years — until MyHeritage reunited them.

Long-lost brothers Izak and Shep meet up in MyHeritage HQ. (Click to view in full size)

Continue reading "MyHeritage Reunites Two Brothers Separated for 65 Years" »

28    Apr 201611 comments

Nominate a Special Mom in Your Family!

What does the word "mother" mean? Many adjectives come to mind for various people. According to dictionaries, the traditional definition describes a mother as a woman who has given birth. There is also another definition of someone who speaks to the everyday actions of providing care and affection. A mother is someone who loves unconditionally and who places the needs of her children above her own.

Is there a mother in your family's history who stands out? A mom who has made an enormous contribution to your family heritage?

Leading up to Mother's Day, we're asking you to nominate an outstanding mother from your family tree. It doesn't have to be your own mother; it could be another mother in the family who has had a huge impact on your life.  Let us know what she has done for the family and how she influenced and inspired others.

Continue reading "Nominate a Special Mom in Your Family!" »

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