In searching for ancestors, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the stones still unturned and research yet to be done. As genealogists know, family history research is truly never-ending. With every door that opens, so do many more avenues of research. Many of us have long to-do lists of names to be researched, relatives to interview, places to visit, and more. There are so many reasons why it is important to seize the moment and tackle your long list.
It’s easy to forget about those precious documents scattered around your home. Photo albums are collecting dust, birth certificates and records are stuffed in boxes. All of them may well be lost, if they are not properly stored and preserved.
We’ve written before about the importance of organizing family history research and scanning documents online, but it’s also important to make sure those documents are still intact as primary history resources. They are valuable family heirlooms that should be passed down through the generations, not destroyed.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of Global Name Translation™, a new technology unique to MyHeritage, to help break through those language barriers in the quest to uncover your past.
This innovation now makes it even easier to discover your global roots. The technology automatically translates names found in historical records and family trees from one language into another, at very high accuracy, generating all plausible translations, to facilitate matches between names in different languages. In addition, a manual search on MyHeritage's SuperSearch, will return results in other languages, automatically translated into the language of the query.
How can this benefit you? For example, perhaps your American family has Russian roots. Previously, you would have needed to search also in Russian to find all information available about your ancestors. Now you can search in English, and receive results in Russian, translated back into English for your convenience.
The technology covers given names and surnames and can tackle names previously encountered in the past, in addition to new names not seen before. It also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames.
One rule that genealogists hold true is that it never hurts to ask others for help. Often family members are the first we turn to learn more about another ancestor or a story behind a photo.
The more we can learn from our relatives, the greater chance we’ll have in advancing our family history research and expanding our family tree.
However, sometimes we forget that non-family members can be just as helpful in telling the stories of our ancestors. We spend countless days with our neighbors, best friends and colleagues without realizing how much they impact our lives and those of our family.
Have you come across any obstacles with understanding event dates? Deciphering dates can be confusing in records, especially with uncommon date formats.
Join expert genealogist Laurence Harris for a free webinar on Wednesday, June 17. He'll provide tips for interpreting difficult dates to help uncover more about your family history.
Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1831742758010374145
Middle names. Some people have them; others don’t. The three-name structure we use today (given, middle and last name) began in the Middle Ages when Europeans wanted to give a child a saint’s name and a traditional family name, but middle name use goes back even further.
In ancient Rome, it was an honor given to important people to have multiple names. Later - in the 1700s - aristocrats began to give their children long names to indicate his or her place in society. For example, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.
Do you have Scandinavian roots? Interested to learn how to find out about those ancestors?
Join Mike Mansfield, MyHeritage Director of Content Production and Jason Oler, MyHeritage Senior Program Manager, as they provide research tips and tools to help navigate these new records to help you explore your family history and make new discoveries.
The Global Family Reunion mega-event is only a few months away! Join well-known author, journalist, editor and genealogist A.J. Jacobs in a free webinar, as he talks about his mission to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history.
A.J. will discuss his family history discoveries on his genealogical journey, his quest to see how everyone is related, and give tips to jumpstarting your own family history research.
Register for free here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5784140710650302465.
The New Year is almost here and it’s time to look back at the exciting year we’ve had at MyHeritage.
2014 has been filled with new features, the addition of billions of historical records and new ways to make discovering your family history even easier.
Family history is all about discovery and bringing people together. In 2014, we joined with AJ Jacobs on his quest to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest family reunion in history. Using MyHeritage and Geni, AJ has already made some incredible personal discoveries and will be writing a book about his genealogical journey. The mega-event will take place on June 6, 2015 and everyone’s invited to join.
MyHeritage's groundbreaking technologies make it easier to help users discover their family history. In January, we added a feature to search historical records by location, making it quicker to browse through billions of historical records on SuperSearch. Once you find an historical record, now you can add new profiles to your family tree directly from that record. For example, if you find a census record of a great-grandmother and also discover a sister previously unknown, add the sister directly to your family tree from the record itself.
As we get more involved in our family history research, we acquire more and more information, papers, notes and photos that clutter up our homes.
To avoid losing these valuable pieces of family history, it’s important to find ways to organize and keep track of your family history research discoveries.