14    Mar 20143 comments

St. Patrick’s Day: Free access to Irish record collection

A map of Ireland, c1790

St. Patrick's Day, commemorating the life and work of Ireland's patron saint, is a day full of wonderful and joyous celebrations. This year it is celebrated on Monday, March 17.

In honor of the day, we are happy to give you free access - through March 17 - to a special collection of passengers arriving in New York from Ireland from 1846-1851.

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13    Mar 201413 comments

Our Stories: Connecting with royalty

MyHeritage members often share the stories of their own research - but Michael Hewitt of the UK tells the story of the work he is doing for a friend on the LYON family.

Mike, 79, lives in Burtonwood, Warrington, UK. Now retired as a lecturer in computers and with the disabled, he received an Honours B.Ed from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has four adult children from his first marriage and three step-children from his second marriage.

He was born in Holland before WWII to English parents from Hull. Following the war, he moved to Belgium until 1952, when he joined the Welsh Guards and attended Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. He lived in the US for eight years and returned to the UK in 1964.

Mike became interested in family history when he traced his mother’s side to 1500 and discovered some 900 ancestors. On his father’s side, he found only 1,770 people because his great-great-grandfather had been sent to Tasmania as a convict in 1837 and was killed there. Along the way, other people have asked him for help on their family trees. Continue reading "Our Stories: Connecting with royalty" »

11    Mar 201464 comments

MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative

Eighty MyHeritage employees from our headquarters in Israel arrived in full force early Sunday morning to the Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva, Israel, to digitize gravestones using the BillionGraves mobile application. We felt it was important to practice this ourselves, before we call upon others to join us in this initiative. By gaining hands-on experience, we aimed to create best practices, improve the product and fine-tune methodologies for digitizing cemeteries all around the world in the most efficient manner.

The MyHeritage team at Segula Cemetery (click to zoom).

So what brings a large group of young folks with smartphones to a cemetery? We recently announced a global initiative, together with BillionGraves, to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. It is important to digitize cemeteries because of the key role that gravestones play in family history and in society in general. Most of the world's cemeteries have never been systematically documented nor has their information made available online. In addition, age and exposure to the elements are rendering gravestones illegible, making this project even more urgent.

It was a cloudy morning, with occasional drizzles. Continue reading "MyHeritage Employees Digitize an Entire Cemetery to Kick-Start Global Initiative" »

8    Mar 20140 comments

International Women’s Day: Some of our heroes

Today is International Women’s Day. The global day celebrates the achievements of women: past, present and future.

In honor of the day, we're showcasing and celebrating some remarkable women. There are so many that fit into this category but we'll start with just a few:

Marie Curie (1867-1934)
Polish-born physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who researched radioactivity, moved to France. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. Her work served as a foundation for modern day physics. She broke barriers and paved the way for women in her fields. Continue reading "International Women’s Day: Some of our heroes" »

5    Mar 20140 comments

Webinar Video: Finding ancestors in US and UK records

We recently hosted a webinar - "How to find ancestors in US and UK records" - featuring two of MyHeritage's experts: director of content production Mike Mansfield and chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz.

The webinar included a comprehensive overview of our matching technologies to advance your family history research, and the US and UK records available in MyHeritage SuperSearch.

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Click on the video below to watch the full webinar.

Don’t forget to check our other webinars for even more genealogy tips to help make family history research easier.

Have ideas for other webinars? Let us know in the comments below.

3    Mar 20141 comment

Family history: Why are you researching?

Many of us are familiar with the phrase "To know where you are going, you must know where you have been." This age-old idea stresses the importance of learning about our past to help us succeed in the future.

Here are some variations of that same phrase: Continue reading "Family history: Why are you researching?" »

26    Feb 20147 comments

Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!

Where will you be on June 6, 2015?

Author A.J. (“AJ”) Jacobs has plans and he wants you to join him -- at the largest family reunion in history!

(Image credit: United Purpose)

A.J. Jacobs is a journalist, an editor-at-large at Esquire magazine, and author of four New York Times bestsellers. He gave a TED talk about what he learned while writing his book, "The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible". Continue reading "Join the World’s Largest Family Reunion!" »

24    Feb 20140 comments

WDYTYA Live 2014: Highlights

The MyHeritage team had an amazing time at the Who Do You Think You Are Live 2014 show in London this past week. We enjoyed meeting new friends at the event and catching up with members who dropped by our booth to say hello.

Our MyHeritage booth at WDYTYA Live! 2014

The event was was busier than ever this year, with thousands of family historians flocking to the show to search for their ancestors and discover more about their past. Continue reading "WDYTYA Live 2014: Highlights" »

23    Feb 20140 comments

Webinar: Creative ways to showcase your family tree

After you've learned about your roots, and discovered your past, there's nothing better than sharing your family history with others.

There are so many ways to display your family history.

(Image credit: libbyjamesblog.com)

Join Schelly Talalay Dardashti, MyHeritage's US Genealogy Advisor, for a webinar on creative and fun ways to uniquely share your genealogy with your family. Continue reading "Webinar: Creative ways to showcase your family tree" »

19    Feb 201452 comments

MyHeritage and BillionGraves join forces to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries

We're excited to announce that MyHeritage has teamed up with BillionGraves to launch a global crowdsourcing initiative to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries.

Continue reading "MyHeritage and BillionGraves join forces to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries" »

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