2    Nov 20140 comments

Halloween Caption Contest: The Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Halloween caption contest. We received so many funny captions, it was hard to pick just three winners!

Congratulations to our winners, who each win a free one-year data subscription to MyHeritage:

  • Lois: "This gives a new meaning to the last man standing!"
  • John: "Although the cat had shown initial interest, it had reached a point where Tom suspected Margaret wasn't interested in listening to the 4th concerto for French Horn once again."
  • Matt: "Looks like curiousity didn't kill the cat this time."

Here are some of our favorite runner ups:

  • Allison: "Music to my ears dear!"
  • Judy: "I'll be happy when they invent a digital camera. We won't have to wait so long for the flash to go off."
  • Sandra: "I have a song just for you. I can feel it in my bones."
  • Maria: "In one ear and out the other."
  • Joan: "Hear today, gone tomorrow."
  • Philip: "Will you stop blowing your own trumpet about how well you are doing on your new diet."

Thanks to all those who entered. We hope you had a spooky, fun-filled Halloween. How did you celebrate?

31    Oct 20142 comments

Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more

Ditch the flashlight this Halloween and take a trip through MyHeritage’s online graveyards.

We've found over 100,000 Freddy Kruegers, 6,000 Munster families and 5,000 Frankensteins in our vast database of over 5.5 billion historical records!

If that hasn’t spooked you enough, we found over 2 million death records from people around the world who died last year on Halloween. Continue reading "Happy Halloween: Spooky Collections, Online Graveyards and more" »

30    Oct 201411 comments

Baby Names: Rules around the world

Did you know that the name Harriet is banned in Iceland or, that in Denmark and Hungary, parents have to choose from a pre-approved list of childrens' names? In the past, we have written about baby names banned in New Zealand.

Around the world there are rules and customs for allowed names for children.

Here are some of the most interesting baby-naming laws from 10 countries: Continue reading "Baby Names: Rules around the world" »

27    Oct 201442 comments

Halloween: Caption competition!

Halloween is just around the corner and we're getting ready for lots of fun-filled family activities including spooky stories, skeletons, scary costumes and more!

To celebrate, we're hosting a caption competition and giving away three free MyHeritage Data Subscriptions to help you uncover the spooky skeletons in your family's past.

All you need to do to enter is to come up with a creative and original caption for this spooky Halloween photo for your chance to win.

We'll choose three lucky winners to receive a one-year MyHeritage data subscription, providing them with full access to over 5.5 billion historical records. Continue reading "Halloween: Caption competition!" »

23    Oct 20147 comments

Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!

We're happy to announce that we've just added millions of new records to SuperSearch.

The new collections include birth and death records, church records, electoral rolls and more from around the globe to help families everywhere explore their past.

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The new records come from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Germany, Russia and other countries to help discover more about your ancestors from around the globe.

The collections include: Continue reading "Millions of historical records added to MyHeritage!" »

21    Oct 201420 comments

MyHeritage Announces Major Collaboration with 23andMe

We're excited to announce today an important new collaboration and product integration between MyHeritage and leading personal genetics company 23andMe.

23andMe pioneered autosomal DNA analysis which can find relatives across all ancestral lines, and have built the largest autosomal DNA ancestry service in the world. 23andMe helps people access and benefit from the human genome, offering them a deeper understanding of how their genes relate to their ancestry.

DNA analysis can provide new information about your ancestors and your geographic and ethnic origins. It can also connect you with unknown relatives descending from common ancestors who lived centuries ago, who you may not have discovered otherwise.

MyHeritage's 5.5 billion global historical records, 1.5 billion family tree profiles in 27 million family trees and innovative matching technologies, combined with 23andMe's DNA analysis, will provide users with an integrated and enhanced experience to uncover their family history. Combining documented genealogy - family trees, family stories and family memories - with DNA-based ancestry is the next evolution in family history research. While DNA testing can find relatives from shared ancestors, it's the family trees and historical records that are critical to fully map and understand these connections.

Watch the announcement made live on Bloomberg TV earlier today, in an interview with MyHeritage's Founder & CEO, Gilad Japhet, below:

Continue reading "MyHeritage Announces Major Collaboration with 23andMe" »

20    Oct 20142 comments

Spooky Genealogy Webinar: Death records, gravestones and more!

Death records and gravestones can provide new information and leads in your family history research. Join us for a pre-Halloween webinar filled with "tricks and treats" with expert genealogist Schelly Talalay Dardashti, who'll navigate us through uncovering family mysteries through death records, obituaries and more!

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/228679207

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time:
11 AM Los Angeles
2 PM New York
6 PM London

(To find the time of the webinar at your location, use this Time Zone Converter.)

Do you have any questions you’d like answered? Leave us a comment below and we’ll try to answer as many as we can live.

Looking forward to see you online!

18    Oct 201411 comments

Our Stories: Reunite family, create stronger bonds

MyHeritage member Dayne Skolmen, 24, of South Africa, has been working on his family history since he was 14, when a family tree school assignment caught his interest. His ancestors come from Norway, Germany and the Netherlands.

Dayne's ancestor, Kristian Skolmen, working on one of his Norwegian landscape paintings

Dayne lives in Port Elizabeth, and is currently completing his Master of Technology (MTech) in Information Technology Research at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

His grandfather, Thorbjorn Christian Synnestvedt Skolmen, died at 81 when Dayne was only 3.

I was the last grandchild born and the youngest of my generation. Therefore I had the least knowledge about the family and grew up not knowing much of my heritage or surname origins. Continue reading "Our Stories: Reunite family, create stronger bonds" »

16    Oct 20145 comments

Just like our ancestors: Shared personalities

Has anyone ever said that you speak exactly like your grandfather?

We often talk about resemblances and physical similarities between ourselves and our ancestors - perhaps it's the same smile as a cousin, or the identical eyes of a grandparent.

However, our physical appearance may not be the only connection passed through generations. Not only can we look like our ancestors, but we can act like them as well.

Continue reading "Just like our ancestors: Shared personalities" »

14    Oct 20141 comment

Genealogy Tip: Virtual Cemetery

Have you tried out the Virtual Cemetery feature in Family Tree Builder?

The Virtual Cemetery is a place to memorialize your ancestors. It is automatically created whenever an uploaded media file is associated to an individual's burial fact.

Gravestones contain important information of relatives such as birth and death dates, names, spouses' information and more. The Virtual Cemetery feature is a great way to enrich your family tree with a wealth of information such as gravestone images linked to family tree profiles.

The Virtual Cemetery compiles all burial-related media, making it easy to access information from these important sources, without crowding other photo albums in Family Tree Builder. It is kept separate from regular photo albums, as it is just associated with burial facts. This way, you will not see cemetery photos when looking at your images of living people.

Accessing the feature is easy. The Virtual Cemetery for all relatives can be listed together, or you can view by individual. Continue reading "Genealogy Tip: Virtual Cemetery" »

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