4    Feb 20158 comments

Valentine’s Day Competition: Family romances

On February 14, we will celebrate Valentine's Day, the festival of romance.

Do you know of interesting marriage proposals in your family? Or, stories of long-lost loves or wedding celebrations?

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2    Feb 20150 comments

MyHeritage adds 900 million global historical records

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added 900 million global historical records to SuperSearch bringing the total number of records on MyHeritage to over 6 billion.

The new content has been made available thanks to MyHeritage's partnership with FamilySearch and consists primarily of family tree profiles that have been submitted by more than 22 million FamilySearch users. Integration ensures that this data is refreshed on MyHeritage on a daily basis as it is updated on FamilySearch.

Adding this data to MyHeritage alongside the 27 million global family trees submitted by MyHeritage users, brings together for the very first time 2 of the world’s 3 largest family tree collections.

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MyHeritage matching technologies are currently comparing the huge FamilySearch and MyHeritage trees and generating matches between them that will be sent to MyHeritage users during the next month or two. Comparing about 900 million profiles (FamilySearch tree) to about 1.6 billion profiles (MyHeritage trees) is a substantial undertaking. Millions of users stand to gain a lot of new information from the matches.

As of today, users of MyHeritage partners such as RootsMagic and Family Historian - these are desktop programs that use the MyHeritage matching APIs - will receive matches with the FamilySearch tree via MyHeritage (the copy that is on MyHeritage that is) without having to have an account on FamilySearch. That's another benefit of the FamilySearch tree being on MyHeritage.

Geni.com users will also enjoy matches with the FamilySearch tree too, via MyHeritage.

This significant addition is part of MyHeritage's goal to continually add global historical records and family tree profiles, and by combining advanced technology with massive amounts of data, we’re making it easier for people to unravel their family history.

31    Jan 20151 comment

Our Stories: What’s in the box?

Duncan Barrett

London resident Duncan Barrett is a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir.

He grew up in London and studied English at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is the author or co-author of several Sunday Times top-10 bestsellers, such as “The Sugar Girls,” and “GI Brides.” His most recent book (August 2014) is “Men of Letters: The Post Office Heroes Who Fought the Great War.”

After his grandmother, Helen Hudson, died in 2006, Duncan’s mother Michèle received a box containing documents and artifacts relating to his family history.

I had been familiar with the box all my life, but it was only then that I began exploring its contents. As well as objects – and associated stories – that related to ancestors I had never known, there was all the research work that my grandmother and my aunt had done into the family history, putting together family trees and organizing the material in the box. Looking through it made me feel closer to the grandmother I had lost.

A lock of Gerald’s hair is preserved in a black brooch in the box

Growing up, Duncan never felt that interested in the lives of his ancestors who lived before he was born – they seemed very remote, anonymous faces in photo albums. But he was able to get to know them quite intimately as he read through the materials in box, particularly through the letters exchanged among the relatives. Continue reading "Our Stories: What’s in the box?" »

28    Jan 20150 comments

Seeing Double: Family photos

Ever looked at an old family photo of your grandparent or parent  next to your own photo and seen a striking resemblance?

It's not surprising that we share looks with our relatives. Yet, sometimes we do a double-take, as if we're looking at the same photo.

See these fascinating look-a-like photos shared by members of the Huffington Post Parents Community.

Triple-take: 3 Generations

 

3 generations (grandmother, daughter and granddaughter). Credit: HuffPostParents

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26    Jan 20150 comments

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day to our members down under!

January 26 marks Australia Day, and is a celebration of everything “Australian.”

This is a fun day for families to come together and celebrate with barbecues and firework displays, but also an important day to look back at Australia’s history and its diverse society.

It celebrates the anniversary of the first settlement - Port Jackson - with the arrival of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, in 1788.

A nation made of immigrants, convicts and indigenous people, Australia’s different cultures reflect the nation’s history and its unique identity of what it means to be Australian.

Do you have Australian ancestry? Would you like to learn more about the lives of your Australian ancestors?

Search our Australian record collections and see what family discoveries you’ll make.

Wishing you and your family a Happy Australia Day! How will you celebrate?

23    Jan 20158 comments

Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?

How many people alive today can say they’ve lived through two centuries?  Well, five women can put that on their checklist, as they’re the only people born in the 1800s still alive today.

From Japan to the U.S. to Italy, these women have lived through two World Wars, major historical events, and seen the development of technology first-hand.

Misao Okawa from Japan is currently the world’s oldest living person, born in 1898. Last March, she celebrated her 116th birthday! Her secret to a long life? Sushi and sleep!

Misao Okawa, World's oldest living person (Image credit: AP/Kyodo News)

Emma Morano, 115, from Italy holds the title for oldest person in Europe. She says her eating habits her doctor gave her in her 20s have helped her live so long. Continue reading "Your family tree: Who’s the oldest living person?" »

19    Jan 20154 comments

Our Stories: Searching for 60 years

Ann's mother and father at their wedding

After 60 years of searching, MyHeritage found the connection – in just two months - between Australia’s Ann Clare Meagher’s mother Hilda Welchman Moss, and Ann’s previously unknown maternal uncle, John Welchman, in the UK.

Ann’s mother, Hilda, died at 32, leaving six children, when Ann was nine. Her father, Fred Moss, was a British Army major posted to India, and Ann was born in Lahore (now Pakistan) in 1945. Her mother Hilda Welchman had travelled to India from England and she married in 1941.

As a teen, I often wondered about my grandparents, as I had no knowledge or contact with them. We moved to Melbourne, Australia in 1962. I became a nurse, and have been happily married for 43 years, with a wonderful husband and three sons.

Ann had spent years looking for any relative of her mother without success until she became a member of MyHeritage and found her previously unknown uncle. She discovered a story he had written about his life and was dumb-founded that he had been looking for his sister’s family for 60 years. He lives in Dorset, England. Continue reading "Our Stories: Searching for 60 years" »

15    Jan 20152 comments

Family Tree Builder 7.0 now available for Mac!

We're happy to announce that Mac users can now download and use MyHeritage Family Tree Builder! Like the Windows version, it's completely free!

There have been frequent requests by our users to run Family Tree Builder 7.0 on the Mac operating system. Many of our users have switched in recent years from Windows to Mac and wanted to continue using Family Tree Builder, their favorite genealogy software.

We are in the advanced stages of developing a native Mac version of the software, with the look and feel that Mac users will appreciate. Meanwhile, until the new native version is ready, we have also created a version of Family Tree Builder for Mac called Family Tree Builder Mac Extension, that looks the same as our Windows version, and does not require Windows or any additional setup or configuration when downloaded.

Download Family Tree Builder Mac Extension for free

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12    Jan 201535 comments

Understanding Dates: Five common mistakes to avoid

This post was written by Laurence Harris, Head of Genealogy UK at MyHeritage.

It is important to record key events of our ancestors, including the date when each event occurred.

Usually several sources indicate an event's date. For example, for a death: the date may be indicated on a death certificate, a headstone, a newspaper obituary and in a Grant of Probate (which authorizes distribution of a deceased person's estate). However, those dates would have been documented using the calendar and recording conventions of the geographical location and time when the event originally took place, rather than the calendar and conventions with which today's researcher would be familiar. Failure to take into account the original context of an event or document often results in mistakes in understanding when an event actually happened.

Here are five of the most common mistakes that can occur in interpreting dates, together with suggestions as to how these mistakes can be avoided or corrected. Continue reading "Understanding Dates: Five common mistakes to avoid" »

10    Jan 20150 comments

Guest Webinar: Global Family Reunion with A.J. Jacobs

The Global Family Reunion mega-event is only a few months away!  Join well-known author, journalist, editor and genealogist A.J. Jacobs in a free webinar, as he talks about his mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history.

A.J. will discuss his family history discoveries on his genealogical journey, his quest to see how everyone is related, and give tips to jumpstarting your own family history research.

Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5784140710650302465.

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