20    Oct 20140 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!

6    Oct 20146 comments

Death Records: Vital to Your Research

This guest post has been written by expert genealogist Miriam J. Robbins. Miriam has been instructing and lecturing in the United States since 2005. She has been interested in her family history since she was a young girl, living in Southeast Alaska. She began her genealogy research in 1987, and ten years later was successful in reuniting her grandmother with her biological family. Miriam writes an award-winning genealogy blog, AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, and keeps busy adding links to her Online Historical Directories and Online Historical Newspapers websites.

The month of October is known for Family History Month as well as the holiday of Halloween. What better combination of the two than to learn about death records in genealogical research? Death records are one of the first and best types of records used in beginning genealogical research because of the variety of formats in which they appear, the basic facts which they contain, and the immense details that many list about both the decedent's life and death.

It’s important to learn a little about the history of death records in your ancestor’s location, as it will help you understand how the facts were gathered and recorded, what information the records may contain or omit, why the records themselves may be missing or difficult to find, and where to locate the death records currently. Continue reading "Death Records: Vital to Your Research" »

24    Sep 20140 comments

New Collection Spotlight: New York State Deaths, 1957-1964

The New York State Death Index contains information on deaths recorded in New York State besides those in New York City.

This collection will help everyone interested in locating New York State death records from 1957 to 1964. The Index contains information on decedents, place and date of death, gender, age at death and the State file number.

Death certificates are a primary source for family information. They are typically issued within days of a death and contain many details about a person's  life.

Certificates often include age, birthplace, parents' names and birthplaces and the cause of death.

This specific database of New York State Deaths compliments the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  While SSDI does contain some records for deaths as far back as the 1930s, it has very little coverage (as a percentage of the population) until the mid-1960s.

3    Dec 20121 comment

Poland, Lithuania: From the heart

Heather Alexander

Heather Alexander

“I can actually recall the moment when I became interested in my family history,” writes MyHeritage member Heather Alexander in Massachusetts.

My sister was helping my then-young niece with a school project. Our entire family was on vacation in historic Newport, Rhode Island, when she was going over all sorts of records in a binder she had for my niece to go through to figure out how to do her assignment.

I recall thinking "What is all this? I know I'm Irish and English on our mother's side, Lithuanian and Polish on our father's side but I've never actually seen the evidence. I've never heard names. I only know that's what I was told...Irish/English Lithuanian/Polish.

Heather, 37, was born in and lives in Massachusetts. Married with a daughter, 9, she was educated in public and private schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and is a former credit analyst.

Heather put off her questions for a while, but became curious to find out about those few stories she had heard as a child but didn’t pay much attention to. Her sister, the eldest child, is highly intelligent and would explain things in such complex terms that only another person with an advanced degree in history could understand.

I didn't have that. I would question her a lot, but I grew frustrated with not understanding her answers to my questions and the same held true for our middle sister when she would ask - she got confused.

Continue reading "Poland, Lithuania: From the heart" »

19    Dec 20112 comments

New feature: Automatic record search results

MyHeritage users now receive automatic record search results when browsing profile pages of family tree individuals.

Family tree profile, now with automatic records (click on the image to view full size)

Everyone at MyHeritage was delighted to welcome WorldVitalRecords.com to our family. See our blog post about the acquisition here. This allows MyHeritage users to benefit from World Vital Records and its database containing billions of historical records.

We have started integrating the two sites and, as a start, we've made it easier and faster for our users to view and access historical records from within MyHeritage.com.

If a MyHeritage family tree individual profile has record matches, a green button will appear in the top right corner. Click it and you'll get a breakdown of the records found.

Continue reading "New feature: Automatic record search results" »

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