9    Nov 20142 comments

Webinar: Discover your military ancestors

Do you have ancestors who fought and died in service? Would you like to learn more about their military history?

In honor of Remembrance Day and Veterans Day on November 11, we’re offering a special free webinar about digging deeper into military records to uncover the stories of your ancestors' pasts.

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6    Nov 20146 comments

Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes

In 1918, at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allies and Germany, marking the end to the “Great War.”

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” Remembrance Day is just one way to honor the memory of our historic ancestors who fought for their lives in service.

Also known as Veteran's Day or Armistice Day, it is a day to commemorate those war heroes, share stories and and learn about the role they played during the war. Continue reading "Remembrance Day: Honoring war heroes" »

3    Nov 201461 comments

Introducing the enhanced family tree editor

We're excited to introduce our new and enhanced online family tree editor!

The old online family tree editor on MyHeritage was loved by our users, but it was based on Adobe Flash technology which has, over time, become obsolete. We aim to constantly provide our users with the best tools for building their family trees, so the tree editor had to be reinvented, and developed from scratch using newer technologies such as HTML5 and Angular JS. The new family tree editor is faster and easier to use. It runs smoothly on smartphones and tablets. Another important benefit is that Record Matches can now be accessed directly from the family tree. Most importantly, the new editor provides better performance, especially for large trees.

We've been releasing the new version of the online tree editor gradually, while receiving and addressing feedback from our users. This week, we're delighted to complete the introduction of the enhanced family tree editor to all MyHeritage users.

The look and feel of the new family tree editor is very similar to the previous editor, but it includes many enhancements and subtle changes described below. The post below is very detailed, it's probably the longest we've ever written for the blog :-) We encourage you to read it in detail in order to learn all about the enhanced family tree editor, and how you can make the most of it.

New tree editor

The new tree editor (click to zoom).

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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 20148 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.

Search Now

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:

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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!

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