22    Feb 20168 comments

Our Stories: Discovering long-lost siblings

Just a few days after creating a family tree on MyHeritage, Nancy Guay received a message: "My name is Judy, and I think I’m your sister."

These were the words Nancy Guay - of Montreal, Canada - and her brother Jamie had been waiting to hear for over 50 years.

Nancy: For a moment I felt the ground disappear from under my feet. I’d discovered my lost sister after believing I’d never find her.

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17    Feb 20160 comments

Most Popular Girls’ Names of the Past Century

Do you have an Isabella in your family tree? What about Ashley? According to a recent article in the Huffington Post these are two of the top 10 popular names in the United States from the past century.

Ever since the late 1800s, the United States Social Security Administration has been measuring the popularity of baby names. Continue reading "Most Popular Girls’ Names of the Past Century" »

14    Feb 20162 comments

Romance Through the Ages

Happy Valentine's Day!

The best love stories are those from our own families. Romantic photos showing our ancestors' love for each other offer lasting memories for future generations.

Photo submitted by Cynthia Tucker of her parents

Leading up to Valentine's Day, we asked you to send in romantic wedding photos from your family.  Thanks to all who participated in our competition - we received many beautiful photos.

Today, we are displaying some of our favorite entries and the touching love stories behind them. Continue reading "Romance Through the Ages" »

10    Feb 20163 comments

Fun Times at the MyHeritage After-Party!

This year at the RootsTech conference, we did something we've never done before: we hosted the first-ever MyHeritage RootsTech After-Party!

The MyHeritage After-Party at the Marriott City Creek Grand Ballroom

The MyHeritage team was joined on Friday, February 6th by friends, partners and geneabloggers for a great night of fun and entertainment. Over 400 guests enjoyed refreshments, fun games and raffle prizes.

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9    Feb 20160 comments

Highlights from RootsTech 2016

This year's RootsTech conference — the biggest family history event in the world — which takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, has come to a close. It was the largest audience ever recorded, with an estimated 25,000 people attending and over 150,000 watching classes online.

We had a great time participating in the event, introducing MyHeritage to new people and demonstrating new features to existing users.

The crowded MyHeritage booth at RootsTech 2016.

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5    Feb 20166 comments

Introducing Family Tree Builder 8.0

We're excited to announce the release of a new version of our popular free software, Family Tree Builder (FTB). New version 8.0 has all of the features that you know and love, with a totally rewritten internal infrastructure that adds support for very large family trees (up to 500,000 individuals), and delivers faster performance.

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3    Feb 20160 comments

We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!

RootsTech is the largest family history event in the world. It runs from February 3-6, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The theme is "Celebrating Families across Generations."

The conference is always exciting, and offers many opportunities to learn about family history as well as the new technologies that bring families together and help make family history discoveries easier.

Will you be there? Continue reading "We’re Heading to Rootstech 2016!" »

30    Jan 20168 comments

New: Audio Recordings for interviewing your relatives

We’ve just released a new feature in the MyHeritage mobile app: Audio Recordings. You can now interview your relatives directly from their profile in the family tree, and store your family's stories for future generations in your MyHeritage family site.

The MyHeritage mobile app is free. It's available for iPhone, iPad and Android, and it lets you access and enhance your family tree on the go. The Audio Recordings feature is now available in both the iOS and Android versions of the mobile app.

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Oral interviews are vital in family history research. Our relatives are a treasure trove of precious family information. Unfortunately, our family members don't stay with us forever, and when they are gone, their memories and stories may be lost. This is where Audio Recordings come in. With this feature, it is now easier than ever to record your family’s unique stories and preserve them for future generations. They are very simple to create and edit, and convenient for both interviewer and interviewee. Continue reading "New: Audio Recordings for interviewing your relatives" »

26    Jan 20165 comments

Valentine’s Day: Send in your ancestors’ wedding photos to win!

"For this was on seynt Volantynys day, Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make." — Geoffrey Chaucer

["For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate."]

Scholars believe that the poem Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer is the first recorded association of romantic love with Valentine's Day.

So many families have a great love story at the start: Two people who fell in love and the romance that changed their lives forever.

Growing up, we've all heard the love stories of our grandparents, great-grandparents or other ancestors, and perhaps we were lucky enough to see their photos as well.

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25    Jan 20167 comments

Millions of Irish Census Records Added to SuperSearch™

We've just added the 1901 and 1911 Irish Censuses, with over 8.7 million records, to MyHeritage SuperSearch™. Both censuses are free and include images. The collections represent an extremely valuable part of the Irish national heritage, and are a vital source for social, economic and cultural history.

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The 1901 and 1911 Ireland censuses covered all of Ireland's 32 counties and enumerated the entire Irish population at the time. Although national censuses were taken every decade from 1821 to 1911, the 1901 census is the earliest complete census in existence; as most previous censuses were destroyed. The 1901 census was conducted on 31 March 1901 and the 1911 census was taken on 2 April 1911.

Killarney's sheep fair, 1901 (Credit: Library of Congress)

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