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" »

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?" »

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" »

18    Feb 20141 comment

WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London

Following RootsTech 2014, the MyHeritage team heads to London for the world’s largest family history show, "Who Do You Think You Are? Live."  The eighth annual event takes take place February 20-22 , in National Hall, Olympia.

This great event is packed with genealogy workshops and family history sessions to satisfy all attendees from beginners through advanced family historians. Also, the hall is crowded with exhibitors to help you discover more about your family history.

The MyHeritage Team at WDYTYA will be at stand #530 and includes:

  • Daniel Horowitz - Chief Genealogist
  • Laurence Harris - Head of Genealogy (UK)
  • Aaron Godfrey - Public Relations and Social Media Manager
  • Ross Bloom - Marketing Program Manager
  • Karen Hägele -Country Manager for Brasil & Portugal

These demonstrations will be presented every day at our booth: Continue reading "WDYTYA Live!: MyHeritage heads to London" »

16    Feb 20140 comments

Competition: Win tickets for WDYTYA Live 2014!

Join MyHeritage at “Who Do You Think You Are? Live” in London, from February 20-22.

We'll be presenting many exciting talks and workshops, and will soon post what we have planned for the event.

We’re also giving away a free pair of tickets for one lucky reader to join us at WDYTYA?Live 2014!

To enter, share with us the ancestor you'd most like to meet and why.

We will need to receive your story by Tuesday, February 18 at stories@myheritage.com. The lucky winner will be chosen and notified by email.

Will we see you at WDYTYA Live 2014? Let us know in the comments below!

14    Feb 20142 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day: Your stories and photos

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is a special day, filled with love and happiness. Millions of people around the world will send tokens of their appreciation to friends and family, and say "I love you" to their loved ones.

The best love stories are not ones from the movies or storybooks, but the ones that come from our own families. These stories stay with us as lasting memories and are passed down from generation to generation.

At MyHeritage, we know how important  family and love are in our lives. Last week, we asked you to send in your family's love stories.

Here are a few of our favorites that we want to share with you on this special day: Continue reading "Happy Valentine’s Day: Your stories and photos" »

12    Feb 20140 comments

RootsTech 2014: Wrap-up post

This year’s RootsTech 2014 was, as usual, an intense experience – and also much fun!

In addition to each of us working with attendees, covering the entire spectrum from those who hadn’t heard of MyHeritage to those who were very experienced members, it was also a great team experience to bond with team members from our various offices.

A few members of the team at the MyHeritage RootsTech booth

Continue reading "RootsTech 2014: Wrap-up post" »

10    Feb 20140 comments

Valentine’s Day: Your Stories and Photos

Love is in the air!

Valentine's Day, the day where couples express their love for one another, is only 4 days away. All around the world, romantics traditionally exchange candy, flowers and gifts and reminisce about how they first met.

How did your grandparents fall in love?

As Valentine's Day approaches, we invite you to share the amazing love stories or photos from your family's history for a chance to win a 1 year MyHeritage subscription.

Every family has love stories in their history. These are the stories that bring our families together.
Perhaps you have a sentimental photo of your ancestors together, from their wedding day, engagement or just out having fun?

Continue reading "Valentine’s Day: Your Stories and Photos" »

9    Feb 20142 comments

Webinar: How to find ancestors in US and UK records

Do you have ancestors from the US or the UK?

Learn how to find them easily at our free online live demonstration, by learning how to search millions of historical records!

Join Mike Mansfield, Director of Content Production, who will teach you how to search US records. Join Laurence Harris, MyHeritage’s Head of Genealogy, UK, who will present the new UK records. Lastly, but certainly not least, MyHeritage’s Chief Genealogist, Daniel Horowitz, will provide an overview of our matching technologies which enable you to advance your family history research.

Register for free here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/614762607

Date: Wednesday February 12, 2014

Time:
2 PM CST
3 PM EST
8 PM GMT

(To find the time of the webinar for your location please use this Time Zone Converter.)

We look forward to 'seeing' you there!

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