Wouldn't it be exciting to read the diary of an ancestor who recorded his or her daily activities?
Matt Unger, a 40-ish software executive in New York, was handed his grandfather Harry Scheurman’s 1924 diary, written when he was 29 and had been in the US for 11 years. Matt has transcribed each journal entry at his website http://papasdiary.blogspot.com. Scheurman had immigrated from Sniatyn, then in Austro-Hungary.
Matt’s project received coverage in The New York Times.
As we hear more frequently these days, family history researchers are getting bitten by the genealogy bug at ever younger ages. Although Matt was given the pocket-sized diary for a fifth-grade family history project, it wasn't until Thanksgiving 2007 that he examined it closely and decided to transcribe it.
MyHeritage interviewed Matt via email and is happy to offer his comments on this wonderful and very personal project.
We received many entries for last week’s Family History Month competition. Thank you to everyone that entered.
Congratulations to Sallie Shelton, winner of a PremiumPlus Family Site Subscription for her family site.
We loved what you wrote about the ancestor you'd like to meet:
My father's great grandfather, Francis Asbury Hammond. His life would make a blockbuster movie! Joined a whaling ship at a young age and during a storm a barrel rolled over him breaking his leg. The captain dumped him off on the "Sandwich Islands" to die. The natives nursed him back to health. His life includes multiple ocean voyages back and forth from America to the Sandwich Islands. He was in the CA gold rush, helped the Mormon Battalion build a road from from CA to UT, had many continuing adventures. Sadly, he died in Mancos, CO where he was drug to death by a horse leaving a large family. He was honored among many people as having ultimate honesty and integrity. He lead a life of service to others. Of course I would love to meet him, although I would be a little intimidated by this amazing man. I am honored to be his ancestor!
This week, we're holding another Family History Month competition to win a one-year free Data subscription to SuperSearch, our online search engine of billions of historical records.
We’re delighted to announce that MyHeritage has entered into a strategic partnership with leading genealogy organization FamilySearch, which will bring billions of global historical records and family tree profiles spanning hundreds of years to MyHeritage.
This is a "historical moment" in the family history industry and very exciting news for family history enthusiasts worldwide.
Historical records are the backbone of family history research and are vital for making new family connections and uncovering new information about ancestors. Family tree profiles are helpful for finding relatives and tapping into the collective knowledge of millions of other users.
In the next few months, we’ll add more than 2 billion records from FamilySearch’s global historic record collections and profiles from its online family tree to SuperSearch, MyHeritage’s search engine for historical records.
Did you know that Canadian Thanksgiving is widely recognized as the first celebration of its kind in North America?
Its history dates to 1578, when Englishman Martin Frobisher set out in search of the Northwest Passage, along the northern coast of North America.
On his third voyage to the bay area of Baffin Island (now the Canadian territory of Nunavut), the 15 ships were filled with men and materials to begin a small settlement.
Frobisher's journey was harrowing as the fleet traveled in bad weather and harsh storms. They lost a ship and most of the building materials. Making it through the storm and reuniting with the rest of the fleet, they gave thanks for a miraculous deliverance from the dangers.
Memories, photos and documents provide a wealth of invaluable family history information. Interviewing family members is a great way to learn about earlier generations and discover more about your family heritage.
Join Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy in the UK, who will give tips on interviewing your relatives to help with your family history research.
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Storytelling is a great way to add details to your family tree, and interviewing a relative is a great way to start in order to document their knowledge before it's too late.
We look forward to see you online!
There’s nothing like that first family photo with a precious new family member. New parents are so excited to get that perfect shot, showcasing their new bundle of joy.
I remember taking our baby to the photo studio for our first family portrait. It took hours to find the right outfits to wear. After much effort to feed and dress the baby, we finally made it out the door. By the time we got to the studio, we had to start the whole feeding and changing process all over again!
This is why I have come to appreciate the effort involved in taking that first family photo.
Recently, the Royal Family released their first family photos of the Duke, Duchess, and Prince of Cambridge. They were taken by the Duchess' father, Michael Middleton, in their family garden earlier this month. There is one image of the Duke, Duchess and baby George together, and another that includes their two family pets, Tilly and Lupo.
Relaxed and natural, everyone can see their absolute happiness as a new family. This is a great example what a first family photo should look like.
We look forward to seeing more family photos of the Royal Family and Prince George at his upcoming christening at the end of October.
Do you have a first family photo? What is it like?
Discovering more about our ancestors helps take family history research to the next level. Whether it’s historical records, images, or looking for a relative’s name, there may be missing pieces we need to find to complete our family trees.
Our webinars help provide genealogy tips and tricks to make your family history research easier, and learn more about how to make the most of MyHeritage.
Last week, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, gave a free online webinar on finding the gaps in family history research.
Did you miss it? Don’t worry! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars, both for beginners and more advanced researchers, to take your family history to the next level.
Would you like to learn more about a certain genealogy topic? Leave a comment below with suggestions for future webinars!
October marks Family History Month - an excellent time for you and your family to learn about your family heritage. We’ll be celebrating throughout this month with exciting competitions, webinars and tips to enhance your family history research.
See this week's contest and read about our other activities.
Family history researchers share a common passion. South African MyHeritage member Denise Wronsky Barnard, 55, has always felt an interest in history since she was a child.
However, as an adult, she has more time to conduct research and to spend time on her other passion – riding a Harley! Denise is also a photographer, a writer and loves to travel.
Born in Pretoria, where she still lives, Denise is married and has three adult children. She holds a Diploma in Architecture.
We asked Denise what she’s discovered about her family history.