14    Jul 20142 comments

A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered

Not long after Athena Orchard, then 13, lost her short battle with cancer, her family uncovered a hidden message of over 3,000 words written on the back of her bedroom mirror. The Orchard family's story was featured in the Daily Mail.

“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it's not about the happy ending, maybe it's about the story.” she wrote. “The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” Continue reading "A Daughter’s Legacy: A letter discovered" »

10    Jul 201428 comments

Search WWI military records for free!

2014 marks a century since the outbreak of World War I. On July 28 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Empire invaded Serbia, beginning a world war that would last four years and result in millions of casualties.

Were your ancestors among the brave men who fought? How did they serve their country? Learn more about them by searching hundreds of thousands of WWI military records.

Enjoy FREE access to the following record collections from now through the end of July: Continue reading "Search WWI military records for free!" »

8    Jul 201416 comments

Our Stories: SmartMatches and a great-grandfather’s bible

Our members have such interesting stories, both personal and genealogical!

Pieter Brink, 74, was born in Johannesburg-West, Transvaal, South Africa, and today lives in Pretoria. He is bilingual in Afrikaans and English, gets along in German and converses in several Bantu languages such as Chinyanya, IsiTshwana, Sesutoe, Tzonga, Zulu and Xhosa – although he says he’s not fluent.

He began as a bank clerk in 1956, worked at several businesses, even at a gold mine, was a Christian missionary in Zambia and later retired as a deputy director of organization and work-study in public service. The new chapter of his life began on April 24, 1994, the same day the New South Africa was born, and he is a missionary and family historian/genealogist.

The Brink family celebrates: (From left) Henry Badenhorst (Pieter's son-in-law) Ansu Badenhorst (Pieter's daughter), Sarie (Pieter's wife), Pieter, and Surita Brink.

When he was 15, his father sent him from Wolmaransstad in the west to live with his grandmother Marja in the east at Belfast, Transvaal, where the family farms are located. That’s where his interest in family history began: Continue reading "Our Stories: SmartMatches and a great-grandfather’s bible" »

6    Jul 20141 comment

Webinar: MyHeritage Mobile App

Join us for an interactive webinar about the MyHeritage Mobile application, and learn how you can take your family tree with you on-the-go.

Share family moments, discover and edit your family history and keep in touch with the people you love, anywhere and anytime.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/841346599.

Date:
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time:
1pm - 2pm Central Daylight Time
2pm - 3pm Eastern Daylight Time
6pm - 7pm Greenwich Mean Time

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

3    Jul 20140 comments

July 4th: BBQ nation!

July 4th is the most popular day for barbecuing in the US. As it's just around the corner, we're taking a look at this age-old tradition.

Here is a countdown of the top 10 facts that our researchers discovered about BBQ:

10. Prehistoric cavemen may have been the first barbecuers! Anthropologists say that roasting meat started 1.4 million years ago. Others argue that this method originated in the Caribbean, where native Indians used wood gratings to cook strips of meat over a slow fire. Continue reading "July 4th: BBQ nation!" »

1    Jul 20140 comments

Major update of the MyHeritage mobile app

We’re happy to announce a new version of the MyHeritage mobile app with great improvements for managing photos.

The MyHeritage mobile app is an easy way to build and edit your family tree on-the-go, and to research historical records, wherever you are.

With the new and improved version of the mobile app, it is now easier than ever to manage your family site photos directly from your mobile device. Now you can see all those photos, as well as tagged photos for any individual in your tree.

Download the MyHeritage app for iOS and Android now (free)

This blog post covers the new updates to the MyHeritage mobile app. To read about the app’s many existing features, please see the following blog posts from past releases.

There are two major additions to the new version:

1- The new Family Photos section on the home screen replaces the previous Photo Sharing section. Tap it to view all albums from your family site, and all photos in any album.

New Family Photos section.

Continue reading "Major update of the MyHeritage mobile app" »

29    Jun 20142 comments

Fathers: More quality time

Spending time with family is vital for maintaining a happy family with strong relationships. The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of bonding over quality experiences.

Today’s fathers are spending more time with their children than ever, and are becoming more and more involved in family childcare.

Continue reading "Fathers: More quality time" »

26    Jun 20140 comments

#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner

For Father's Day, we asked you to share what your father taught you by finishing the sentence “Dad taught me. ...”

We received some great responses demonstrating how your fathers have impacted your lives, whether it was advice, a loving saying or a life lesson.

Here are some favorites: Continue reading "#DadTaughtMe: Competition Winner" »

25    Jun 20140 comments

Poll: Family sports

The World Cup is now in full swing, and millions of families around the world are getting together to watch soccer games, and to root for their favorite team.

For some families, supporting a specific team is mandatory, and it's passed down through the generations, like DNA. Some fans root for their home team, based on where they live or have lived at one point, while others choose a team based on other criteria.

Do you and your family all root for the same sports teams? Let us know in the poll below!

20    Jun 20143 comments

Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past

We recently wrote about smells that evoke nostalgic memories. Many claim that smell is the most powerful sense, as it brings up memories from the past. Sound is also powerful in that it helps us remember our childhood, and times gone by.

According to a recent article, Ryan Dube explains that for generations of early technology users, sounds of technologies from an earlier time can evoke powerful memories of childhood games, long nights of online chats, and new email messages.

Dube lists five top sounds from a time when technology was simpler and these sounds along with the technology that they accompanied was just being introduced into our daily lives.

1) The whir of the floppy drive:

Do you remember waiting as our computers tried hard to read data from floppy disks?  We would wait patiently as the floppy driver whirred away and we hoped that our disks were not too damaged to be read. Continue reading "Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past" »

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