15    Aug 20165 comments

Our Stories: Never-before-seen photos

It's always exciting to hear about MyHeritage users who have reconnected with family members around the world. One such user, Peri, recently told us about the incredible discovery of her unknown cousins through MyHeritage. As a result, she now has photos of her ancestors that had never been seen before.

I am wild with excitement. I got an email that on MyHeritage there was a match. I was shocked to see my mother's maternal family in another tree and the best part was there were so many photos which - as we all know - is "genealogy gold."

Peri is married and has two children. She is an attorney in Connecticut and graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law in 1984. For the past several years, she has devoted her practice to locate missing and unknown heirs, given her background in genealogy. She has successfully solved many cases where she reunited family members or just gave someone their family tree, and they were very grateful.

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11    Aug 20161 comment

10 Ways to Get Creative with the Kids This Summer

Old family photos encourage young people to become interested in their heritage and also bring precious family memories to life. Add photos to your family site on MyHeritage to add color to your family tree and to preserve those photos for future generations.

Summer vacation presents the perfect opportunity to dig out your stash of old family photos and do something meaningful with the kids. What family history activities do you have planned for the summer?

For new ideas, check out these fun ways to get creative with family photos. They'll help fill time during the school break and may make beautiful additions to your home that showcase your family legacy.

  1. Turn old family photos into elaborate coloring pages

    (Credit: www.reallycolor.com)

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9    Aug 20161 comment

Why It’s Important to Visit a Library in Your Ancestral Location

This is a guest post by George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally-recognized genealogy lecturer. He is the prolific award-winning author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. His 12th book, the fourth edition of "How to Do Everything: Genealogy," was released in 2015. He is also co-host of "The Genealogy Guys" podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

Gone are the days of librarians with their hair in a bun, wearing pince-nez, and shushing patrons. Libraries are now exciting hubs of information and activity in their communities. They provide computer equipment, databases of interest to their local populations, educational programs, and a wide variety of activities for every age group, as well as books, periodicals, microfilm, and more.

Hal Kohn Memorial Library, Newberry, South Carolina.

Many family historians attempt to conduct genealogical research exclusively from home using their computers. While there is certainly a vast, growing body of resources being made available online, we are a long journey away from having everything available electronically. On-site research will always be an essential part of our strategy. Continue reading "Why It’s Important to Visit a Library in Your Ancestral Location" »

4    Aug 20166 comments

Long-Lost Sisters: A dream come true for a MyHeritage employee

When Linoy Maidvanikov Simon began working at MyHeritage 18 months ago, she never dreamed that her life would change forever.

Within days of using MyHeritage, Linoy discovered a previously unknown sister. Watch the emotional reunion of Linoy and her sister Kamilla in this video (in Hebrew with English subtitles) as they meet in person for the first time.

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18    Jul 20162 comments

New: SuperSearch Alerts

We're delighted to introduce a new feature, SuperSearch™ Alerts.

A SuperSearch Alert is a notification letting you know that new results are available for your previous search on SuperSearch, that did not exist when you conducted the search.

MyHeritage's SuperSearch contains a wealth of useful content to explore. Currently home to 6.85 billion historical records, SuperSearch includes MyHeritage family trees, public photos, census records, birth, marriage and death records, family history books and a lot more. Continue reading "New: SuperSearch Alerts" »

4    Jul 20161 comment

MyHeritage Reunites 93-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor with Her Relatives

Nata Gattegno, a Holocaust survivor from Corfu, Greece could never have children of her own as a result of what she endured in Auschwitz during WWII. Although she thought she was alone in the world, research done by the MyHeritage team uncovered cousins, that Nata either never knew existed, or with whom she had lost touch many years ago.

Watch the emotional reunion that took place recently when we introduced Nata to her new-found relatives in this video, in Hebrew with English subtitles:

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1    Jul 201664 comments

Introducing PedigreeMap™ — an Interactive Map of Your Family History

We're happy to announce the launch of PedigreeMap™, an innovative way to visualize your family history. PedigreeMap plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.

Have you ever wondered how close your ancestors lived to one another? Where exactly your great-grandmother was born? Seeing significant events from your family's past on a map allows you to gain a clearer picture of your family's journey. Trace the locations of your ancestors and get new geographical and historical insights into your family history. You may suddenly realize that all of your grandparents come from a tiny region in Europe; or that your second cousins are actually your neighbors.

PedigreeMap

PedigreeMap displays all your photos and events grouped by country and location, allowing you to easily filter the map to view it by person, family group, event type, and time period. If you have a tablet device, such as an iPad or an Android tablet, PedigreeMap will look awesome on it. You will be able to pan and zoom with your fingers, and enjoy the maps tremendously.

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23    Jun 20163 comments

25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask

Today, it's easier than ever to conduct family history interviews with family. The Audio Recordings feature in the MyHeritage mobile app makes it quick and painless to have a relative sit down and document their story, allowing it to be preserved for the future.

How do you make sure that you're documenting the complete story? How do you get those juicy bits of family history that you're looking for?

We've collected 25 unusual family history questions that are sure to get your family members talking about the stories probably never heard before: Continue reading "25 Family History Questions You’ll Really Want to Ask" »

26    May 20160 comments

Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!

Is there a long direct line of one gender in your family? How many men versus women are in your family tree?

The statistics section on your MyHeritage family site will provide the answer. Among other interesting facts, see which gender is more prevalent in your family. In my family tree, it's split pretty evenly. Of 304 people, 156 are male.

If the Underdahl family of Idaho would check their family tree statistics, they would probably see that the men in their tree reigned and are the majority. In their family, there hadn't been a baby girl born in the direct line for over 100 years. That just changed. Continue reading "Family ‘Curse’ Broken after 102 Years!" »

24    May 201610 comments

Our Stories: Uncovering a brood of half-siblings

When Cathy Combs of Spokane, Washington began researching her family history, she had no clue what discoveries were awaiting. She uncovered a huge chunk of family that she never knew existed.

MyHeritage has played a pivotal role in the documentation of my family history, and research that enabled the discovery of my half-siblings!

Cathy and four of her six siblings, at a 2014 reunion

It all started with Jean McDonald Clark. Jean was born in Chicago, but raised in Minnesota. She married Ernest Rucks in 1946. Between 1947 and 1950, the couple had four children. She was a young bride with an unfortunate domestically turbulent home life. While pregnant with her fifth child, she fled to California to safely give birth and process for divorce. In the early 1950s, battered women in such situations had few options or resources. Continue reading "Our Stories: Uncovering a brood of half-siblings" »

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