August is National Family History Month in Australia, and we’re celebrating with giveaways, competitions, webinars and more!
The month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations), and relevant family history events will take place during August.
At MyHeritage, we understand the importance of family and encouraging everyone to get involved and interested in their own family stories. Whether it’s learning about generations past, looking through old photos or searching historical records, it’s important to discover and preserve these family memories.
Have you only started thinking about beginning your quest to uncover your family's past, or have you already begun your ancestral search and worked on your family tree?
Researching your family’s genealogy can be extremely rewarding. However, as most seasoned genealogists know, it can be a long process. Time, patience and organization are required to keep going and break down those brick walls.
No matter how far along you are in the process, we want to hear how you're progressing. Take our poll below to let us know!
MyHeritage members come from around the world and they are some of the most interesting people we know. Today we’ll explore Susan Soyinka’s journey that took her back 200 years, more than eight generations and across four continents.
We're happy to announce that as of this week, you can search 138 million Geni profiles on MyHeritage's SuperSearch.
Soon after acquiring Geni in November 2012, MyHeritage provided Geni's users with Record Matches and Smart Matches powered by MyHeritage. We added this to enable Geni users to benefit from historical records - something that hadn't been available on Geni before - and discover new relatives and ancestors through matches between their tree and the 25 million trees on MyHeritage.
This week we completed reciprocating this benefit for MyHeritage users, and now they are able to search Geni profiles on MyHeritage, and receive automatic matches between their family trees and Geni. It took us some time to add this, because we implemented a robust, real-time "bridge" that constantly updates MyHeritage SuperSearch as changes are made in the tree on Geni. The updates stream to MyHeritage every second but SuperSearch is updated in bulk once a day with all the changes. This prevents information on MyHeritage that originates from Geni from ever becoming out of date.
Now that the Geni profiles are available on SuperSearch, MyHeritage users will start receiving matches with Geni trees. This is a great benefit for users of either service, as both will now be able to expand their trees, find new information, discover new cousins and learn more from each other.
Today, we launched an exciting new feature that allows you to add new profiles to your family tree directly from a historical record.
Previously, you could view a historical record and extract information from that record into multiple profiles in your family tree. Now you can go one step further, and add new profiles to your family tree from that very record!
For example, if you find a census record for your great-grandmother and you discover she had a sister previously unknown to you, you can now add the sister to your tree directly from the record, and extract the information about her from the record at the same time.
Ever faced an obstacle in your family research as you look for an ancestors’ name?
When viewing census records, for example, it’s not uncommon to find a relative listed with their formal birth name in one record, and then listed under a nickname in another.
Nicknames are usually familiar or humorous and used as an appropriate replacement or addition to a given name. They can be a form of endearment, refer to a personal character trait or just be a shortened version.
When you stumble upon these new listings, you might think your family research has hit a brick wall. Searching for records can be difficult if you don’t have all the information, but don’t despair, here are some tips below to help in your family history research.
Today we've extended the popular record extraction feature that lets you extract information from a historical record directly to a relevant family tree profile, to now extract to multiple profiles. Thus, when you've found a record with information on several relatives, you can easily extract the information into all relevant family tree profiles.
Many people enjoy telling and listening to stories to learn about their family history. Interviewing a relative is a great way to start documenting their knowledge and add details to your family tree.
Last week, Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy UK presented a webinar on how to interview family relatives.
Don’t worry if you happened to miss out! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars for more genealogy tips to help make your family history research easier.
Do you have additional tips on how to interview family members? Or, have you discovered something new about your family as you interviewed a relative? Let us know in the comments below!
Wouldn't it be exciting to read the diary of an ancestor who recorded his or her daily activities?
Matt Unger, a 40-ish software executive in New York, was handed his grandfather Harry Scheurman’s 1924 diary, written when he was 29 and had been in the US for 11 years. Matt has transcribed each journal entry at his website http://papasdiary.blogspot.com. Scheurman had immigrated from Sniatyn, then in Austro-Hungary.
Matt’s project received coverage in The New York Times.
As we hear more frequently these days, family history researchers are getting bitten by the genealogy bug at ever younger ages. Although Matt was given the pocket-sized diary for a fifth-grade family history project, it wasn't until Thanksgiving 2007 that he examined it closely and decided to transcribe it.
MyHeritage interviewed Matt via email and is happy to offer his comments on this wonderful and very personal project.
Discovering more about our ancestors helps take family history research to the next level. Whether it’s historical records, images, or looking for a relative’s name, there may be missing pieces we need to find to complete our family trees.
Our webinars help provide genealogy tips and tricks to make your family history research easier, and learn more about how to make the most of MyHeritage.
Last week, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, gave a free online webinar on finding the gaps in family history research.
Did you miss it? Don’t worry! Click the video below to watch the full webinar.
Don’t forget to check our other webinars, both for beginners and more advanced researchers, to take your family history to the next level.
Would you like to learn more about a certain genealogy topic? Leave a comment below with suggestions for future webinars!