Electronics Engineer Elias Faour, 68, has been volunteering for MyHeritage, translating our products into Spanish, since 2011. Born in the North Lebanon village of Hadeth el Joubbe, he later moved to Batroun. At the age of 28, in 1975, at the beginning of the civil war in his country, Elias moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador.
In 1976, he married his cousin Cecilia. They have two children, Daniel and Monica, and three grandchildren.
Although the family of his paternal grandparents - Yousef Faour and Adél Corban - has few relatives, the family of his maternal grandparents - Hanna Saab and Rosa Andery - is numerous, as is his wife’s paternal family, Chedraoui (Chedrawi)-Sfeir.
This post was written by Elisabeth Zetland, researcher at MyHeritage. It was originally posted on our French blog.
I have long hoped to reconnect with the German family that had such a great impact on my grandfather’s life. I never met my maternal grandfather, Roger Dubuc. He passed away when I was only four months old. I don’t remember when I first heard his story but it quickly became a mystery that intrigued me, and I decided that I had to solve it.
Roger’s story began like that of many other French soldiers, but it suddenly took an abrupt turn. At the age of 20, on June 22, 1940, he was captured in Vannes without ever having fought in the war. When he left French soil, he didn't imagine that it would be five long years before he would return home again. His father Léon had also been a prisoner of war in Germany at the end of WWI, but had returned home after seven months.
Nata Gattegno, a Holocaust survivor from Corfu, Greece could never have children of her own as a result of what she endured in Auschwitz during WWII. Although she thought she was alone in the world, research done by the MyHeritage team uncovered cousins, that Nata either never knew existed, or with whom she had lost touch many years ago.
Watch the emotional reunion that took place recently when we introduced Nata to her new-found relatives in this video, in Hebrew with English subtitles:
We're happy to announce the launch of PedigreeMap™, an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.
Have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly your great-grandmother was born? Seeing significant events from your family's past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family's journey. Trace the locations of your ancestors and get new geographical and historical insights into your family history. You may suddenly realize that all of your grandparents come from a tiny region in Europe; or that your second cousins are actually your neighbors.
PedigreeMap displays all your photos and events grouped by country and location, allowing you to easily filter the map to view it by person, family group, event type, and time period. If you have a tablet device, such as an iPad or an Android tablet, PedigreeMap will look awesome on it. You will be able to pan and zoom with your fingers, and enjoy the maps tremendously.
Today, it's easier than ever to conduct family history interviews with family. The Audio Recordings feature in the MyHeritage mobile app makes it quick and painless to have a relative sit down and document their story, allowing it to be preserved for the future.
How do you make sure that you're documenting the complete story? How do you get those juicy bits of family history that you're looking for?
This is a guest post by Kate Eakman, staff genealogist at Legacy Tree Genealogists, MyHeritage’s recommended research partner. Kate has a master's degree in history and loves to help people see into the lives of their ancestors. Her ability to “think outside the box” helps her to find treasured details about a person's heritage.
You’ve just been handed the family research of your grandmother, or great-uncle, or perhaps some even more distant relative who heard that you “do genealogy” – and now you are wondering what to do with it.
Here are three easy steps to integrate it into your own research.
Happy Father's Day!
This year for Father's Day, we hosted Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, who live-tweeted fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account.
Israel, who will be 113 in September, currently holds the title of the world's oldest man, making him also the world's oldest father. We couldn't have chosen a more experienced person to dispense sage wisdom.
Here are the top 10 pearls of wisdom he shared with us:
1."Set aside special time for your kids weekly, with no distractions. You won't regret it! When I was younger, I would work very long days at my confectionary business. I always made sure to keep the weekends free for my children."
We wanted to give our users a heads up that MyHeritage's license of the newspaper content from NewspaperARCHIVE.com is about to expire next week. This means that on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the collection will be de-published (withdrawn) from MyHeritage. In addition, pending Record Matches from this collection will be removed. Confirmed Record Matches that were saved to family trees will remain in place.
MyHeritage is currently in negotiations with NewspaperARCHIVE.com to enter into a new license in order to keep this collection on MyHeritage. If these efforts are successful and the content is relicensed, then it will be reloaded onto MyHeritage and the Record Matches will return, and all links to newspaper records that were saved into family trees will continue to work. This will work well even if the newspaper content will be de-published for a while, and then return.
We advise users who have pending Record Matches from this collection, to view them before Tuesday, and to confirm as many of them as possible and extract their value into their family trees.
This does not affect other newspaper collections on MyHeritage such as Trove from Australia and Jewish Chronicle from the UK.
The MyHeritage Team
In addition to their old beloved shirts they refuse to give up, sandals with socks, and corny jokes, dads around the world are known for their sage, fatherly advice. This Father's Day, we're shaking things up a bit, and we've asked the world's oldest man to give MyHeritage users his tried and tested advice, words of wisdom that he's accumulated over his long and experienced life as a Dad.
Israel Kristal, the world's oldest living man, will be live tweeting fatherly advice from the @MyHeritage Twitter account this coming Sunday, Father's Day, and he'll be happy to answer any questions.
Want to ask Israel for some fatherly advice? Send us your questions in advance by commenting below or Tweet @MyHeritage using the hashtag #fathersday. Make sure to mention @myheritage in your tweet.