24    Jan 20166 comments

Family Traditions: Bronzed baby shoes

For generations, parents have been bronzing their children's first pair of shoes as a family keepsake. Parents often wish to recall the sweet, tender memories of their toddler's first steps, which only happen once. The bronzed shoes can be mounted and displayed for generations.

What is it about baby shoes that elicit such sentimental emotions? Are a baby's first steps more monumental than their first bite of solid food? What about preserving a lock of hair from a child's very first haircut? There are so many firsts in a child's life, but it seems as if choosing their first pair of shoes to preserve for the future is arbitrary. Continue reading "Family Traditions: Bronzed baby shoes" »

20    Jan 2016120 comments

A Sneak Peek Inside the MyHeritage HQ

At MyHeritage, we're passionate about family, and our family-like work environment has always reflected this since our early startup days. To keep this atmosphere even as we expand, our offices have been designed to balance a fun and welcoming office environment, with a reflection of our commitment to the preservation of family history.

MyHeritage began in Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet's living room in Bnei Atarot, a village founded by the Templers. Then for several years the company's headquarters were located in a Templer family estate and farmhouse in the same village. This picturesque setting is where the company grew from 2 to 70 employees. Continue reading "A Sneak Peek Inside the MyHeritage HQ" »

14    Jan 20161 comment

MyHeritage Featured on Israeli TV

MyHeritage was featured yesterday on a popular Israeli TV show, HaTsinor. Their segment highlights the important work MyHeritage does to help people discover their long-lost relatives and to reunite families.

It includes coverage of the special reunion that MyHeritage helped organize on the Greek island of Ereikoussa with author Yvette Manessis-Corporon and the Hassid family. During WWII, residents of the small island risked their lives to save a Jewish tailor’s family from the Nazis. Yvette's grandmother was one of those brave people, and often spoke about Savvas (the tailor) and his family. After a long search, MyHeritage was instrumental in helping Yvette connect with the tailor's descendants, the Hassid family.

Click the video below to watch the full piece on HaTsinor (with English subtitles):

Continue reading "MyHeritage Featured on Israeli TV" »

13    Jan 20162 comments

How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Many people want to start building their family tree and researching their family history, but they have no clue as to where to begin. Often the first few steps are the hardest.

Here are some tips for getting started on your family tree:

  1. Collect the information you already have and search for more. Continue reading "How Do I Start My Family Tree?" »
11    Jan 20166 comments

A Space Oddity: David Bowie, the Legend

We were shocked to learn of music legend David Bowie's untimely death Sunday. He died yesterday at 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer. Bowie's music spanned four decades, impacting generations of music lovers.

(Image credit: Wikipedia)

He was born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947, in Brixton, London. His mother, Margaret Mary "Peggy", was from Kent, and his father, Haywood Stenton "John" Jones, was from Yorkshire. As a child, Bowie quickly showed his creativity and imagination as well as true musical talent. At 15 and a guitar player, he formed his first rock-and-roll band, playing local youth gatherings and weddings. Even as a teenager, Bowie knew that he wanted to become a big star. Continue reading "A Space Oddity: David Bowie, the Legend" »

7    Jan 20162 comments

What Was Life Like 100 Years Ago?

No matter how much we learn about our ancestors as individuals, it's hard to picture what their lives were like back then. What were their struggles and challenges? What were their daily routines? Was life simpler for them?

A theatre troup in Del Tura, Florida compiled a list of what life was like 100 years ago. After viewing that list, it's amazing to think just how much has changed over time.

Brooklyn, 1916 (Image credit: Library of Congress)

Some of our favorites in that list: Continue reading "What Was Life Like 100 Years Ago?" »

5    Jan 20165 comments

Create a Family Memory Jar for 2016

As one year ends and another begins, we look back on last year and try to remember what happened in our lives and in our family. Big things are easy to remember, but over 365 days, 8,760 hours, or 525,600 minutes, a lot happens. Let's start 2016 by making an effort to record those special moments we experience. A great way to do this is with a family memory jar!

What is a family memory jar? It's a glass jar or any container in which you can store family memories. It can be filled with short messages, everyday moments, photos or just about anything you want to preserve. Every item added has meaning for us, and is worthy of preserving and remembering.

(Image credit: Etsy/Mason Galore)

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31    Dec 20154 comments

5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Genealogist Should Set

This is a guest post by Lorine McGinnis Schulze of Olive Tree Genealogy. Lorine is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved in genealogy and history for over 30 years. Find her on Twitter (@LorineMS), Pinterest (lorinems), and at her Olive Tree Genealogy YouTube channel. She is also the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books here.

New Year's always seems like a good time to make resolutions for doing better in our personal or business lives, or for accomplishing goals in the year ahead. But how many resolutions should we make? How many are we going to realistically keep?

Enthusiasm for change runs high in January. We are full of renewed energy. It’s a new year with the opportunity for new beginnings, and it is easy to become caught up in the fervor. But February and March often bring different emotions and our enthusiasm for the work that lies ahead can wane or drop off completely.

We genealogists often get carried away with our resolutions. There are so many ancestors to find, and so many sources to cite! We need to find great-grandma’s maiden name. We need to organize our files. We desperately want to find the names of 2nd great-grandpa’s parents. And where or who did 3rd great-grandpa marry? The list of wants is endless. Continue reading "5 New Year’s Resolutions Every Genealogist Should Set" »

29    Dec 20157 comments

Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!

The year has come and gone in a flash, and what a year it has been! Here at MyHeritage, we had a busy 2015 full of exciting new features, useful historical content and much more.

We started off the year with a bang, launching the Family Tree Builder Mac Extension. We believe that people should be able to discover and preserve their family history on whatever platform they are comfortable with, and that there is value in the ability to work offline. The new Mac version joins our veteran Windows version available since 2005.

Continue reading "Goodbye 2015… Hello 2016!" »

28    Dec 20150 comments

Volunteers: We couldn’t do it without you!

At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of connecting families around the globe, regardless of the language, and we are proud that our worldwide network is available in 42 languages.

This achievement has only been made possible with the support of our dedicated community of volunteers.

We thank each of our wonderful translators for this success. They roll up their sleeves and devote their time and skills to helping others discover, preserve and share their family history in their native languages! Continue reading "Volunteers: We couldn’t do it without you!" »

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